NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York State has been awarded $17 billion for storm response efforts to help protect coastal communities and mass transit.
Vice President Joe Biden met with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Albany on Tuesday to unveil the storm response plan.
As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported, the imaginative initiative is designed to harden New York’s infrastructure in the face of ever worsening storms.
After being hit by hurricanes Lee and Irene and superstorm Sandy — three so-called “once in a lifetime” weather events — and a total of nine presidentially declared weather disasters in three years, Cuomo said he wants to make sure New York is “storm ready.”
“The new reality even changes every day. Today, they’re talking about polar vortexes in the newspaper. So it’s almost on a weekly basis there are new discoveries when it comes to extreme weather,” the governor said.