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When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on October 29th, 2012, approximately 80,000 people residing in over 400 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings lost many essential services such as electricity, use of elevators, heat and hot water.The City's response to Hurricane Sandy was slow and communication to residents before, during and after the storm was inadequate. As a result, many community-based organizations stepped in to provide relief to residents in need. More than a year after Sandy, residents in hard hit areas across New York City still face serious problems related to the storm such as mold, elevator malfunction and rodent infestation. 24 temporary boilers which remain in 16 developments break down easily leaving residents with sporadic heat and hot water. These problems were uncovered and exacerbated by Sandy but they are not new; policy choices and disinvestment over the last decade have caused NYCHA residents to live in an ongoing state of neglect. As an estimated $3.2 billion federal dollars comes into New York City6 for relief and resiliency efforts (including $308 million for NYCHA) and NYCHA revamps its Hurricane Emergency Procedure, several community organizations across the City, in conjunction with the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding, including Community Voices Heard, Good Old Lower East Side, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, Red Hook Initiative, Faith in NY and NY Communities for Change have come together with research support from the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center to assess how NYCHA residents living in storm-affected zones are faring and to develop solutions for how NYCHA and the City can address the issues exposed by Sandy.
Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities, and Creating Good Jobs for New YorkersDecember 16, 2013
Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities, and Creating Good Jobs for New Yorkers is an eye-opening report about the potential for creating good jobs making New York City more sustainable and resilient. The report brings together the best analysis, evidence, data, and policy thinking to show how New York City can tackle income inequality and climate change at the same time. It includes ten pragmatic proposals that, if enacted together, would create nearly 40,000 good jobs a year. Those proposals include:Requiring Large-Building Energy-Efficiency RetrofitsReplacing Damaged NYCHA Boilers with Combined Heat and Power Units andRenewable Energy SystemsExpanding the Green Jobs - Green New York Program for NYCInstalling Solar Energy on the Rooftops of NYC's 100 Largest SchoolsReplacing Leaking Natural Gas Lines throughout NYCUpgrading NYC's Energy Distribution Systems by Investing in MicrogridsImproving Flood Protection and Stormwater Management InfrastructureReducing Transportation Emissions by Investing in Increased Bus Rapid Transit andRestoring Cut Train LinesImproving NYC's Public Health System by Investing in Resilient Public HospitalsIncreasing the Efficiency of Commercial Waste Hauling and Recycling Rates
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