Prepare for Climate Change

Climate change is a reality that the City Council will have to address. Although City Council cannot stop climate change independently, Ken believes that it can legislate common-sense actions to make sure that New York City is prepared to deal with stronger storms and abnormal weather. Some of these measures include: studying adaptive strategies to flooding and non-flooding climatic changes; including climate change in environmental impact statements for development projects; removing toxic materials stored in flood zones; establishing protocols for the orderly evacuation of hospital patients during a major storm; and incorporating sustainable building designs that mitigate the impact of potential power outages on building occupants. Lastly, we need to reimagine our streetscape so that the concrete on our streets is more porous, elevate subway grates and add bioswales. Ken will also work to implement the bold plan Mayor Bloomberg created in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.