New York City Council swiftly approved legislation on Tuesday requiring the creation of a 15-member task force that would oversee lingering Sandy recovery efforts and explore ways to build resiliency in the future.
The bill, Intro 1720, now awaits Mayor de Blasio’s signature before it is enacted into law.
City Councilmember Mark Treyger, whose district includes Coney Island, Sea Gate, Gravesend, and Bensonhurst, introduced the bill on Sept. 27.
The task force would hold meetings on a regular basis and compile a wide-ranging report complete with analysis of the city’s recovery efforts when it comes to repairing property, conducting outreach, promoting language access, and handling of legal services and case management.
It would also ensure the preparedness of shelters and their accessibility for people with disabilities. Furthermore, it would use its information to recommend building resiliency plans, housing design standards, damage assessments, housing recovery programs, and more.
“Our recovery has not been without its setbacks, but those challenges have afforded us the opportunity to gain valuable insight on what went right and what we can do better,” said Treyger, who serves as the chair of the City Council’s Committee on Recovery and Resiliency. “This legislation will help create a comprehensive, holistic understanding of our recovery process so we can develop a blueprint to guide us and our fellow Americans in the much-needed effort to become more resilient and better prepared to face natural disasters.”
See the legislation here.