OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – As the region rebuilds from superstorm Sandy, New York State leaders want to make sure new infrastructure will be strong enough to withstand future storms.

St. Sen. Carl Marcellino of Long Island said zoning changes and new construction limits will likely be part of the rebuilding plan in the aftermath of Sandy.

“In certain areas, and say you, if you’re going to rebuild here, you got to do it this way or no way,” Marcellino told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs on Friday.


Marcellino’s committee heard hours of testimony Thursday on hurricane damage and recovery needs. It’s important, he said, that we deal with this matter now.

“We could have another one. It might not be as big as Sandy, but it could be just as devastating,” he said.

Like the three little pigs, said Marcellino, we need to build things that can’t get huffed, puffed, and blown down.

“Well, maybe we got to look at the third little pig. He was smart,” Marcellino said.

In some places, he said rebuilding shouldn’t even take place.

“Maybe there are some places where Mother Nature owns it and say, ‘Hey, this is Mother Nature’s now. We’re not gonna go there except maybe as a park or a preserve and use it for those purposes, but not for homes,'” he said.

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