New York’s Post-Sandy Climate Projects Still Unfinished

Governing: A decade after Hurricane Sandy, three of the city’s climate resiliency projects are nowhere near completion. The “Raised Shoreline” project has only spent 0.3 percent of its $103 million budget.

(TNS) — Three of the largest climate resiliency projects undertaken by New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy are nowhere close to completion 10 years after the devastating storm — and a fourth initiative has been canceled altogether even as global warming threatens to exacerbate extreme weather events in the future.

One of the three ongoing post-Sandy projects is “Raised Shorelines,” which was rolled out by ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2016 with an aim to elevate roadways and other infrastructure in low-lying neighborhoods wrecked by coastal flooding during the 2012 hurricane.

But as New Yorkers mark the 10th anniversary of Sandy this weekend, the city has only spent 0.3 percent of the Raised Shorelines program’s $103 million budget, according to an audit released this month by Comptroller Brad Lander’s office. Read More >>