City ‘ill-prepared’ for next major storm, Comptroller Stringer says

New York City isn’t prepared for its next major storm seven years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the five boroughs, Comptroller Scott Stringer told the Advance.

“The city is ill-prepared to deal with a Sandy-like storm, and it is no longer a storm that will occur every 250 years,” he said. “This is actually a storm that could be here in 10 or 20 years, and it could happen multiple times during a person’s lifetime.”

Stringer said Wednesday that the city has been too slow to use available federal funding to ensure it doesn’t face the same devastation when the next storm comes. He echoed his report from May that found the city had spent a little more than half of a combined $14.7 billion in already-allocated federal grants.

“We do not have the luxury of waiting. We don’t have the luxury of doing nothing,” Stringer said. “We need to have a strategy and a plan now.”


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