Over the last 10 years, every county in New York State was impacted by severe storms and flooding, tropical storms, or hurricanes. More than half were affected by 5 or more disaster events. The major federal disaster declarations for these counties totaled $16.6 billion in federal aid for recovery efforts. Scientists estimate the costs of climate change in New York State will rise to $10 billion annually by 2050,1 while damage to property values will increase to $100 billion.
To confront the new reality of climate change and extreme weather, New York State will need to invest billions of dollars in flood control and reconstruction of existing infrastructure.
We need to:
1) Create a statewide fund for infrastructure projects to protect communities against climate-related flood and prepare our State for the future.
2) Help communities understand the costs and impacts of climate change already underway, and on the real and urgent need to limit additional climate change impacts.