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Bill de Blasio, Democratic candidate for mayor, offers post-Sandy resiliency plan

By Anna Sanders
September 29, 2013

Democratic nominee for mayor Bill de Blasio discussed his plans for resiliency and recovery post-Sandy Sunday in Far Rockaway, one of the neighborhoods most affected by the storm.

“Eleven months after Sandy, our challenge to rebuild and recover remains greater than ever,” de Blasio said in a statement.

He said the next mayor will need to not only oversee an effective rebuilding process but improve the city’s disaster response and resilience to future storms.

De Blasio specifically called for supporting community-based disaster preparedness and expanding natural barriers the city has to storms.

The Public Advocate would also adopt green and flood-resistant technology.

Throughout the rebuilding process, de Blasio said his plan would create living wage jobs.

While de Blasio said he was “honored” to speak with Rockaway residents, a spokeswoman for his rival Joe Lhota, the Republican nominee, said the visit “in the height of campaign season is insulting.”

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