A Stronger, More Resilient New York

Created: 8/15/2013 -


In December 2012, Mayor Bloomberg delivered a speech announcing a major new effort to ready the city for the future. A Stronger, More Resilient New York is the response to the Mayor’s call to action. The nearly $20 billion plan contained in this report (towards which the City will contribute up to $1 billion in new funding) includes over 250 initiatives. Together these initiatives will further protect the coastline—our first defense against storms and rising sea levels—as well as strengthen the buildings in which New Yorkers live and work, and all the vital systems that support the life of the city, including our energy grid, transportation systems, parks, telecommunications networks, healthcare system, and water and food supplies. Meanwhile, for the areas of New York that Sandy hit especially hard, this plan proposes local rebuilding initiatives that will help these communities emerge safer, stronger, and better than ever.

The underlying goal of this report is resiliency. That is, to adapt our city to the impacts of climate change and to seek to ensure that, when nature overwhelms our defenses from time to time, we are able to recover more quickly.

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The government of New York City is organized under the City Charter and provides for a "strong" mayor-council system. The government of New York is more centralized than that of most other U.S. cities, with the city government being responsible for public education, correctional institutions, libraries, public safety, recreational facilities, sanitation, water supply, and welfare services.


Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Storms or extreme weather events
Sociopolitical Setting