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Road Forward Towards a Resilient and Livable New York

SandyWave_slider3On Tuesday June 11, 2013 the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) released their report outlining recommendations for resiliency efforts for New York City’s infrastructure, built environment, energy sector, communities, healthcare and hospitals.  Mayor Bloomberg presented the report at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Tuesday, outlining 250 key recommendations to be considered as spending priorities for the federal government’s Community Development Block Grants-Disaster Recovery funding allocated to New York City. With the total cost to implement all recommendations estimated at close to $20 billion, the Mayor’s report includes a system of flood barriers to protect low-lying neighborhoods, and the proposition of creating a community to provide protection to the lower east side of Manhattan: Seaport City, similar to Battery Park City which fared very well after Sandy MAS is providing a forum for discussion of these recommendations and any additional actions to build the resilience and livability of New York City:

The Road Forward: Putting Resilience into Action Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM The New School (66 West 12th Street at 6th Avenue)

This free event will begin with an opening panel featuring two key members of the SIRR team providing details from the SIRR report.  Conference participants will then break-out into discussion groups with resource people to discuss the specific topics of the report.  The event will culminate with a panel of government officials representing the City, State, and Federal resiliency efforts, to discuss opportunities for collaboration, and priority setting. View the full agenda here. Building a more resilient New York City requires the on-going collaboration of government departments, civil society organizations, and neighborhood residents.  No single sector can accomplish this work alone. Resilience, by definition, requires a web of connections, strengthening the ability of all parts of the city to flexibly adapt and respond to challenges of all kinds.  In the wake of Superstorm Sandy a number of initiatives have assessed the effects of the storm and developed recommendations and priorities for moving forward.  With the recent release of the City’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) report, and the upcoming release of the Federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force recommendations in August, we need a made-in-New-York consensus –a strategic resilience framework— that guides our combined efforts. June 19 is an opportunity to review the SIRR report recommendations in some detail, and identify any gaps that remain. To prepare for this discussion, we encourage you to also review these important and valuable contributions to the post-Sandy challenges of building our resilience: Join us June 19th at The New School to actively contribute to the conversation to work together to ensure a resilient and livable future for our City. The event is free, but registration is required.