Sandy Regional Assembly SIRR Analysis

This report compiles feedback from the Sandy Regional Assembly, a network of community, environmental, justice, labor and civic groups from New York assessing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) Plan. Their analysis asks if the plan met community-defined priorities and recommendations compiled earlier in 2013.

Identify strategies to integrate community priorities into recovery and resiliency planning.

The Sandy Regional Assembly asked if the plan advanced their three primary goals:

  • Integrate regional rebuilding efforts with local resiliency priorities
  • Address public health impacts on vulnerable communities
  • Expand community-based climate change planning

The report identifies sections of the SIRR plan that support these goals and sections that do not adequately address these priorities. For example, the Assembly praises the plan for recognizing the role of community-based organizations in conducting outreach, but criticizes it for not creating sufficient space for community input around neighborhood-based projects and proposals.

The report also outlines shovel-ready projects the Assembly has identified as important for building community resilience and assesses whether they were incorporated into the SIRR plan.

The report concludes with policy recommendations for the federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to support the following two goals:

  • Demonstrate that current and future recovery and resiliency planning efforts integrate community priorities, address the needs of the most vulnerable communities, and use transparent and democratic decision-making processes
  • Guarantee that NYC Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) integrate regional rebuilding efforts with local resiliency priorities

The Sandy Regional Assembly is convened by community, environmental justice, labor, and civic groups from New York, New Jersey, and Long Island neighborhoods, particularly those most impacted by Superstorm Sandy and most vulnerable to future storm surges. This group coalesced to strategize how government officials should implement a Sandy recovery and rebuilding program that responds to the needs and priorities of vulnerable groups, particularly in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

 

Publication Date: July 2013

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