Political Roundup: De Blasio talks post-Sandy recovery plan; officially avoids runoff


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De Blasio tours Far Rockaway; discusses long-term Sandy recovery plan

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio toured Far Rockaway Sunday to discuss his long-term Sandy recovery plan with residents and community leaders.

As part of his plan, de Blasio calls for supporting community-based disaster preparedness, expanding natural storm barriers and protections, strengthening the city’s infrastructure, adopting green and flood-resistant technologies, improving resiliency of power systems and creating living wage jobs as part of the rebuilding process.

“Eleven months after Sandy, our challenge to rebuild and recover remains greater than ever,” he said in a statement. “Recovery must come faster in these neighborhoods and I’m committed to listening to the needs of working families and vulnerable communities.

His visit and plan, however, received criticism from Republicans.

“We’re glad Mr. de Blasio found his way out to the Rockaways today, but his visit in the height of campaign season is insulting to the residents who have suffered during his failed time in office. Where was Bill when people truly needed an advocate in government? Once again, Bill de Blasio’s rhetoric does not match his record. The people of the Rockaways won’t be fooled by his blatant political maneuvering in pursuit of a promotion,” his GOP opponent in the race, Joe Lhota said in a statement through campaign spokesperson Jessica Proud.

Republican Congressmember Michael Grimm a Lhota supporter, blasted de Blasio’s plan calling it “completely asinine.”

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