On January 26, 2013, nearly 200 participants representing over 40 community, environmental justice, labor and civic groups from across New York City, New Jersey and Long Island -- from the neighborhoods most impacted by Superstorm Sandy, and most vulnerable to future storm surges convened the Sandy Regional Assembly to strategize how government officials should implement a Sandy rebuilding program.
In April 2013, these groups presented their Sandy Regional Assembly Recovery Agenda
-- the first regional grassroots Sandy rebuilding and resiliency plan. The Recovery Agenda was a mix of suggested capital projects and policy recommendations, designed to advance 3 goals:
- Integrate regional rebuilding efforts with local resiliency priorities;
- Strengthen vulnerable communities & reduce public health threats, and
- Expand community-based climate change planning, disaster preparedness & response.