04/01/2013 09:14 PM
A community-based task force that met in Lower Manhattan on Monday is giving recommendations to city, state and federal officials on how neighborhoods can recover from Hurricane Sandy and prepare for another storm.
The Sandy Regional Assembly is made up of organizations from across the city, including environmental groups, community associations, and labor unions. Lower Manhattan
Recommendations include increasing community oversight, paying more attention to vulnerable populations and training volunteers in disaster assistance.
Community leaders say they want to have a voice in planning for the future.
"Our communities are people of color, the elders, people with disabilities, people who would be the most at risk if, god forbid, there was another problem that was similar to Sandy," said Elizabeth Yeampierre, the executive director of UPROSE Of Sunset Park.
"We realized that it was incumbent on us, especially since these community groups have long histories of advocacy and planning and pushing for more sustainable practices in their neighborhoods and citywide and regionally," said Eddie Bautista, the director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. "We had ideas and proposals that needed to be part of whatever recovery, rebuilding agenda."
The report will be shared with city and state governments, as well as a federal task force.