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Panel Meets To Mull More Storm-Resilient Buildings In NYC After Sandy

The darkened skyline of lower Manhattan is seen one day after Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012. (credit: MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/Getty Images)

The darkened skyline of lower Manhattan is seen one day after Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012. (credit: MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Architects, engineers, real estate experts and lawmakers gathered to discuss how to make New York City buildings better able to withstand storms and global warming.

The city’s Building Resiliency Task Force met for the first time Wednesday. It’s due to issue a report by this summer.

The group was convened after Superstorm Sandy. The Oct. 29 storm killed more than 40 people in the city, flooded subways, knocked out power to swaths of the city and damaged and destroyed homes.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the task force will examine how the city can make neighborhoods safer for families and businesses.

The council also has scheduled a series of hearings in January and February to assess the city’s storm planning, management and recovery efforts.

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