Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Press Releases and Documents

  • Mayor de Blasio, Senator Schumer Announce $108 Million In Federal Funds To Repair And Protect Sandy-Damaged Public Housing," September 5, 2014. Read the full press release.
  • Field Reconnaissance of Geotechnical Aspects of October 2012 Hurricane Sandy along the US East Coast. Geo-Engineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, February 19, 2014, Final Report. GEER Team Leaders: Dr. Youssef Hashash (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Dr. Sissy Nikolaou (Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers). GEER Report.

  • "Next Wave of Shore Work Covers $2.8B in Projects." Read the ENR New York Article.

  • "Governor Cuomo Announces Broad Series of Innovative Protections; Vice President Biden Credits Governor Cuomo's Storm Plan as A Model for Future Recovery Efforts." Read the full press release. Read the NY Times Article.

  • "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases Hurricane Sandy Coastal Projects Performance Evaluation Study."
    U.S. Army Corps Press Release, December 19, 2013. Read the full press release.

  • "LaGuardia to get $37.5M in storm protection aid." Long Island Newsday, November 17, 2013. Read the full article.
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs 4 More Resiliency Bills.  On December 2, 2013, the Mayor signed the following bills into law:
    • Intro 1094A – Supply Drinking Water Without Power, takes effect when Intro 1056 takes effect
    • Intro 1101A – Remove Barriers to Backup & Natural Gas Generators, takes effect takes effect December 2, 2013
    • Intro 1093A – Remove Barriers to Sidewalk Flood Protection, takes effect December 2, 2013
    • Intro 1092A – Add Hookups for Temporary Generators and Boilers, takes effect when Intro 1056 takes effect
  • "Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation to Fortify and Strengthen Building Standards and Increase Levels of Resiliency," November 19, 2013. Click here for the Mayor's Release.
    • Intro 1096A - Relocate and Protect Building Systems, Takes effect when Intro 1056 takes effect
    • Intro 1089A - Remove Barriers to Elevating Buildings & Building Systems, Takes effect November 19 ,2013
    • Intro 1099A - Prevent Wind Damage to Existing Buildings, Takes effect when Intro 1056 takes effect
    • Intro 1085A - Create Emergency Plans, Takes effect 180 days from November 19, 2013
    • Intro 0983A - Flood Resistant Construction for Health Facilities, Takes effect November 19, 2013.
    • Intro 0990A - Update on Flood Maps, Takes effect November 19, 2013
  • "Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation to Strengthen Building Standards and Enhance Their Resiliency," October 2, 2013. Click here for the Mayor’s Release.
    • Intro 1086A - Ensure Toilets & Sinks work without power, takes effect when 1056 takes effect
    • Intro 1088A - Capture Stormwater to Prevent Flooding, Effective October 2, 2013
    • Intro 1090A - Analyze Wind Risks, Effective October 2, 2013
    • Intro 1095A - Clarify Construction Requirements in Flood Zones, Effective October 2, 2013
    • Intro 1098A - Prevent Sewage Backflow, Takes effect December 31, 2013
    • Intro 1105A - Make the OLTPS responsible for planning for resiliency and climate change, Effective Oct 2, 2013
  • Urban Land Institute issues report, "After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience and Adaptability. Leading up to the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, ULI has prepared After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience and Adaptability, which offers guidance on post-disaster rebuilding and building in anticipation of future disasters in a way that helps preserve the environment, boost economic prosperity, and foster a high quality of life. Click here for more information and to download the full report.

  • "Mayor Bloomberg Warns Government Shutdown Could Imperil NY Hurricane Sandy Aid." New York Daily News, October 6, 2013. Click here to read full article.

  • "Governor Cuomo Attends NY Rising Community Reconstruction Meeting on Staten Island," Communities on Staten Island are eligible for up to $25,000,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding through the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. September 19, 2013. Click here for press release.

  • "Mayor Bloomberg Announces Request For Proposals To Study Development Of ‘Seaport City’ To Protect Lower Manhattan From Impacts Of Climate Change," July 31, 2013. Click here for press release (PDF). Click here for RFP.  

  • NYCT's new hurricane division takes steps down long road to recovery, resiliency, Progressive Railroading, July 2013. Read the article online. Download pdf of article.

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced "A call for projects to be funded by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)" to assist local governments and non-profit organizations to rebuild stronger, more resilient communities across all 62 counties in NY state, June 10, 2013. Over $500 million is expected to be available for the program. Funds are available for communities to develop and update Hazard Mitigation Plans, as well as communities and certain private Non-Profits to carry out Hazard Mitigation Projects. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) is Friday, July 5, 2013 by 11:59 pm.  If you have questions or need further information, please call 1-855-NYS-SANDY (855-697-7263) or go to the following webpage http://www.nysandyhelp.ny.gov/content/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-hmgp-0

  • “Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Building Resiliency Task Force release recommendations to strengthen New York’s building standards and make homes, businesses more resilient - 33 Proposals Expand on Initiatives Outlined in “A Stronger, More Resilient New York”, June 13, 2013.  Click here for press release.  Click here for the Summary Report (37 pages) and here for the Full Report (185 pages).

  • “Mayor Bloomberg Outlines Ambitious Proposal To Protect City Against the Effects of Climate Change to Build a Stronger, More Resilient New York”, June 11, 2013.  Click here for a copy of the Mayor’s Speech and click here to view the full report, “A Stronger, More Resilient, New York.”

  • “Mayor Bloomberg presents the City’s Long-Term Plan to further prepare for the impacts of a Changing Climate”, June 11, 2013.  Click here for a copy of the release.

  • “Port Authority of NY & NJ continues Aggressive Efforts to Rebuild Facilities following Superstorm Sandy and to Prepare for Upcoming Hurricane Season”, May 29, 2013.  Click here for release and for Hurricane Preparedness: 2013 Protective Measures (Report).

  • “Governor Cuomo Annouces Appointments to Positions Focusing On New York's Storm Recovery Efforts”, May 28, 2013. Click here for release.

  • “Governor Cuomo Announces Change in Federal Funding Formula For Sandy Recovery”, May 23, 2013. Click here for release.

  • NYC Department of City Planning, “Public Review Begins for City Planning’s Zoning changes to facilitate flood resilient construction in Designated Flood Zones”, May 20, 2013.  Click here to read release  (pdf)

  • “Governor Cuomo, MTA Update and establishment of a new Sandy Recovery and Resiliency Division: MTA Delivers Update on Superstorm Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Effort”, May 16, 2013. Click here for release. (pdf)

  • Superstorm Sandy: A Live Town Hall: What Worked, What Didn’t, What’s Next, May 16, 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Live Broadcast airing simultaneously on THIRTEEN, WLIW21 on Long Island, NJTV and WHYY TV in Philadelphia moderated by NJ Today’s Mike Schneider. Designed as a town hall with area experts, the program will address audience questions and assess the recovery of local communities hardest hit by the hurricane in New Jersey, New York and Long Island. Click here to watch the broadcast video.

  • “Mayor Bloomberg, HUD Secretary Donovan and Senator Schumer announce Federal Approval of City’s Plan for nearly $1.8B in Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts”, May 10, 2013.  Click here for Mayoral Press Release.

  • City to Begin Distributing Storm Aid This Summer, The New York Times, May 10, 2013. Link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/nyregion/city-plans-to-dispense-nearly-2-billion-in-hurricane-aid-starting-this-summer.html?ref=nyregion&_r=0&_r=0 (pdf verison)

  • Deputy Mayors Holloway and Gibbs Release Hurricane Sandy After-Action Report Following Extensive Review of Preparedness and Recovery Operations, May 3, 2013.  Click here to read release (pdf)

  • Post-Sandy Initiative: “Building Better, Building Smarter:  Opportunities for Design and Development”, May 2013.  Initiated by the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter and the AIANY’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) in collaboration with many organizations.  Click here for a copy of the report and click here for a list of ACEC New York participants.

  • Governor Cuomo and HUD Announce Approval of New York State's Disaster Recovery Action Plan - $1.7 billion to help communities in Empire State to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee”, April 26,2013Link to Press Release: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/04262013Disaster-Recovery-Action-Plan (pdf verison)

  • NYC Special Initiative for Resiliency and Rebuilding (SIRR).  In December 2012, Mayor Bloomberg created the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) to address how to create a more resilient New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with a long-term focus on preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change.  In May, the Mayor will release a comprehensive report with actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide.

  • NYC Sandy Relief Law Waives Select Fees for Businesses.  To help New York City businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council enacted a new law in April waiving various fees needed to rebuild, recover and operate business impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The new law waives more than 40 different fees charged by eight different City agencies. Businesses must apply for a certification of eligibility from the Restoration Business Acceleration Team (RBAT) by October 31, 2013 and can have fees waived until December 31, 2013. Businesses that have already paid fees are eligible for a refund until May 31, 2013. More information about the fee waiver can be found here and the application form can be found here. In addition to the fee waiver, RBAT is available to assist businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy by coordinating the services, permitting and inspections you need to recover as quickly as possible. More information about RBAT and how we can help you rebuild your business can be found here.

  • NYCDOB. On February 27, Commissioner LiMandri announced a new program to offer free design consultations to property owners and design professionals who are planning reconstruct buildings damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Click here for the release and detailed information. In addition, members engaged with ongoing Sandy recovery efforts, should visit the NYCDOB Storm Update section of the website as there are a few new documents related to the Mayor’s Executive Order pertaining to zoning regulations and rebuilding. Members are also advised the NYCDOB issued a new smartphone app for NYC Buildings!  Please click here for information.

  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces City’s Plans for New Hurricane Sandy Recovery Initiatives to be Funded with $1.8B in Federal Grants”, February 6, 2013.  Link to Press Release: http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/html/2013a/pr052-13.html

  • NYS 2100 Commission Releases Preliminary Report on Improving the Strength and  Resilience of New York State’s Infrastructure”, January 11, 2013.  Link to Press Release: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/01112013NYS2100-Commission (pdf version)

Link to full report - 206 pages: NYS 2100 Commission:  Recommendations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State’s Infrastructure, January 11, 2013.  http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/NYS2100.pdf

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