New York Rising, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reconstruction program designed to spur grassroots planning for storm resiliency, will hold its planning workshop for the Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Manhattan Beach communities tomorrow, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. in Abraham Lincoln High School’s cafeteria (2800 Ocean Parkway).
The workshops are the first public opportunity in the $750 million initiative aimed at recruiting locals in identifying key community assets and their thoughts on the best way to protect them from future disasters.
As part of the program, officials and consultants have already had several private meetings with local committees of stakeholders and activists, who helped draw up a roster of initial proposals.
The public meetings – two of which were held earlier in the month for the Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach planning committees – turn to the broader public to add more input and refine the plan.
It’s an important step in helping direct spending from the state government in local communities, and turnout is important.
The meeting should end by 9:00 p.m.