Council promises fleet of hurricane hearings

Seven weeks of hearings begin in January.

The City Council will begin weeks worth of hearings in January to determine how the city can better handle the next hurricane.


Council Speaker Christine Quinn helped unroll a fleet of bills today, saying, “Climate change is an irrefutable reality.”


“New York City must be better prepared when the next storm strikes,” she added.


The Council will hold a seven-week-long series of hearings addressing storm planning, inspired by Hurricane Sandy and gauging everything from where hospitals should keep broilers to whether power lines should be planted underground.


The first hearing will be Jan. 14, and it will focus on assessing how well the Office of Emergency Management’s coastal storm disaster plan worked, as well as emergency response efforts.

Other hearings will tackle the city’s public-housing response, how cell phone companies operated and how quickly public transportation was back on track after the storm.

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