BY JOE MARVILLI
On the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a tour of Manhattan and Queens, visiting some storm-damaged sites and talking about the road ahead.
Cuomo visited LaGuardia Airport to view progress on the East End Substation. This infrastructure project will help the airport maintain power during extreme weather and flooding.
“The flooding of LaGuardia Airport during Superstorm Sandy represented both the storm’s severity as well as how our existing infrastructure simply was not prepared for the new reality of extreme weather,” Cuomo said.
The stop was the one of several on the governor’s trip; he also visited the South Ferry Subway Station and the World Trade Center Memorial in Manhattan.
While the tour was a time for remembrance from Cuomo, he said it was also meant to look at what has been done and what still needs to be done to recover from Sandy and prepare for future storms.
“I believe we’re looking at fundamentally different weather patterns going forward,” he said. “We’re going to have to rethink how we live our lives and how we design and build our society.”
The East End Substation, a $106.9 million investment, will have its vital electrical equipment placed more than 15-feet above sea level, which exceeds the 100-year floodplain.
“It would be a mistake if we let our guard down and said it will never happen again. It will happen again,” Cuomo added. “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. We have a lot more to do to be ready.”
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