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Ida Devastation Spurs Call for a New ‘Build it Back’ Program for Flooding Victims

Queens BP Donovan Richards pleads with de Blasio to "step up" as swamped homeowners deal with slow and small aid. He’s pushing for a version of the Sandy-inspired program to repair — and possibly elevate — flooded homes.

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Flood Insurance Hikes Haunt Homeowners Still Recovering From Ida and Henri

A revamp of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program aiming for fairness will have most New Yorkers paying more, an analysis by THE CITY finds. Ideas are flowing for how to help households pay.

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Staten Island Sewer Project Stuck in the Drain for 24 Years as Climate Change Ups Stakes

The deadly havoc wreaked by remnants of Hurricane Ida last month showed the weaknesses of the city’s ancient sewer system as climate change brings punishing rains. One project, beset by two decades of delays, underscores the city’s massive challenge.

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Landmark NYC Climate Change Hazard Plan Bill Set for Approval After Ida ‘Wake-up Call’

City Hall would be required to create a citywide climate adaptation plan to evaluate threats that include sea-level rise and possible wildfire — as well as extreme heat, wind and rain. The measure would go beyond the post-Sandy focus on storm surge.

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What the Five Ballot Proposal Questions Mean for New Yorkers this November

The handful of ballot proposals being decided on Nov. 2 touch on the future of political representation in Albany, environmental rights for citizens, making it easier to vote and how New York’s civil court functions.

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Permanent Disaster Relief Fund Eyed for Undocumented New Yorkers in Ida’s Wake

Gov. Kathy Hochul and top legislative leaders say they aren’t ruling out instituting a pool of financial assistance for immigrants shut out of federal disaster relief, as climate change toll grows.

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Ida Aid Coming for Undocumented Immigrants Via Newly Launched New York Fund

Hochul comes to Queens Monday to announce $27 million in cash assistance for flooding victims excluded from FEMA help — including many still rebuilding their homes just blocks from where the governor will speak.

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Hochul Shows Shades of Green, Offering Hope She’ll Kill Queens Fossil Fuel Plant

The governor threw her support behind the creation of two electricity transmission lines that would bring clean energy into the city. That suggests to environmentalists that she’ll kill plans for a gas-powered "peaker" plant in Astoria. But Hochul’s not saying...

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Pols Call on Hochul to Revisit Rate Hike Tied to Controversial Brooklyn Pipeline

More than two dozen Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island officials demand review of a state commission decision to have National Grid customers pay for fossil fuel projects.

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Undocumented Immigrant New Yorkers Shut Out of Federal Hurricane Ida Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far doled out $10 million to New Yorkers impacted by the devastating remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month. But many undocumented immigrants are being left out of that pool.

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How New Eviction Moratorium Can Help Tenants, Landlords and Homeowners

State lawmakers voted earlier this month to amend New York’s eviction moratorium to fit the U.S. Supreme Court’s requirements and extend it until the new year. But anyone seeking protection needs to take action. Here’s how...

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How Does Congestion Pricing Work? What to Know About the Toll System Taking Manhattan

The idea’s been kicked around by politicians and transit advocates for years but never tried in the U.S. Here’s a guide on what it all means, whom it will affect — and when we may actually see it in New York.

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Ida-Deluged NYC Drainage System All But Forgotten in Climate Battle

Recent projects have expanded sewer capacity in some neighborhoods. But antiquated storm pipes leave the city vulnerable to the new normal of massive rain storms. "We need to rainproof New York City," one expert said.

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How to Clean Up After Ida: A Guide for the Flooded

What you should know about safely putting your place back together, where to look for financial help and whether renters insurance covers flood damage. (Answer: Rarely.)

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NYC Basement Apartment Storm Deaths Renew Housing Advocates’ Calls for Legalization 

With the de Blasio administration’s basement conversion pilot program stalled, tenants whose homes were just devastated by Hurricane Ida could be evicted just for seeking help.

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Food Delivery Workers Toiling Through Historic Flooding Call Skimpy Wages and Tips ‘A Cruel Joke’

Even as the city shut down amid record rainfall, e-bike couriers kept picking up food for paltry pay — including $5 for an hour-long journey from Astoria to Brooklyn. Los Deliveristas Unidos members renewed their demands for better treatment.

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Historic Deadly Rains Put Spotlight on City’s Lack of Preparation

The record-breaking deluge that pummeled the city overnight Wednesday revealed weaknesses in the city’s infrastructure and planning following the second historic weather event in less than two weeks.

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As MTA Subways Weather ‘100-Year Storms’ Every Month, ‘New Solutions’ Sought

The third major storm to soak the city since July once again turned some subway stations into a default sewer system. It marked the latest frightening example of the mass transit system’s vulnerability to extreme weather — which is becoming the norm.

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How Beach Erosion Played Part in Teen’s Drowning at Rockaway

The strip of the shore where Matthew Wiszowaty was swimming had been blocked off because beach erosion makes it impossible to place a lifeguard chair there adequately. Still, some locals say the city should boost patrols at the popular spot.

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When Climate Change Comes Knocking at Your Door, It’s Best to Be Prepared

What would you do if you got caught in a flash flood? Events this summer in New York City and around the world have offered new stark — and wet — reminders that the global environmental crisis could land in your backyard at any minute.