Environment

Climate Resiliency

While climate change is certainly a global issue, we need to address the very real effects here in our city. We saw after Superstorm Sandy just how destructive a major weather event can be. 

  • We need to stop being reactive and develop plans to protect our city from the next big storm. We need to create a resiliency plan that includes the entire city, not just lower Manhattan. As Council Member, I will fight to make sure that the Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island and East Harlem are included in the city's storm resiliency plans.

  • We need to invest in protective barriers, and ensure that in the event of flooding, the city's power grid will be unaffected. We should also ensure that zoning and land use decisions are made with potential flooding in mind.

  • We must maintain and expand existing programs, like the city’s Cool Roofs program, which began in 2009. These programs aim to reduce the Urban Heat Island effect and lessen energy demands.

  • We need to ensure compliance with last year’s Climate Mobilization Act, which requires that all large and medium sized buildings reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent in the next 30 years. We must also fight any efforts to weaken this legislation.
     

Improve Waste Management

The League of Conservation Voters has released a detailed set of recommendations for better waste management, several of which I’ve adopted:

  • Fully implement Commercial Waste Zones, which could reduce truck traffic by up to 50 percent.

  • Reinstate the city’s composting program, which was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I fully support efforts to #SaveOurCompost.

  • Encourage city agencies to source materials for projects from the City’s own waste stream where possible. 

  • Reduce unnecessary waste, including non-recyclable packaging from deliveries and single-use plastics such as straws, utensils, and containers.

 

Parks & Open Space

Access to parks and open space is vital for the health and well-being of any community.

  • Repair portions of the East River Esplanade that have literally crumbled due to years of disinvestment. We must address these issues, and ensure that the entire East River Esplanade is a priority, from East Harlem to Sutton Place.

  • Address park inequity and ensure that all public parks in the city are well maintained, regardless of neighborhood.

  • Expand the use of waterfront parks, and create more beaches in the city, which should be open to the public.

  • Enforce rules surrounding Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) to ensure that everyone has access to these spaces. This includes requiring proper signage and adequate seating.

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