Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Vice President Joe Biden (Left) joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Right), who announced a sweeping plan to rebuild New York.With Vice President Joe Biden by his side, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a sweeping plan Tuesday to “re-imagine” New York, a complex blueprint to rebuild the state’s infrastructure in response to damaging storms such as Sandy.Cuomo unveiled his plan, which has been in the works for more than a year, one day before the governor’s annual State of the State address. The governor said the plan was too complex and intricate, so it “deserves a presentation and time of its own.” He detailed major projects as Biden viewed the presentation, which the vice president said should be a blueprint for the rest of America.“We’ve gotta get back on our game,” Biden said of the United States’ infrastructure.After Sandy, the governor called on his administration and state leaders to “literally re-imagine the state,” he said, after Sandy wreaked havoc on shore lines, power grids and paralyzed nearly every major transportation system in the state, including the Long Island Rail Road.The result was a comprehensive—and expensive—plan to create more than 1,000 projects at a cost of nearly $17 billion. Some are as complex as retrofitting the entire New York City subway system and undergoing the most fundamental redesign since the system was created. Others are small, community-based experiments, such as creating a “Citizen First Responder Corp,” which would train 100,000 New Yorkers in emergency preparedness.The plan will be funded by a portion of the $60 billion the federal government appropriated for the state after Sandy.“Extreme weather is the new reality, like it or not,” Cuomo said. “What caused it is a separate discussion for another day.”Many of the projects Cuomo outlined for LI have already been announced, such as building dikes, levees and flood walls around the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, creating two “micro grids” in both Nassau and Suffolk counties so communities could operate their own electric grid when the main network goes down and adding strategic fuel reserves on LI and across the state.The plan will also expand the existing New York Rising program to include 22 other communities statewide, including Bay Shore.“What we went through was horrendous,” Cuomo said, “but at least we want to learn from it.”Keeping with the theme of Mother Nature’s destructive force, Cuomo also noted that the current weather detection system is “inadequate” and “dangerous.” He called for the state to more than quadruple the number of weather station sites to 125 from the current number of 27. More sophisticated weather stations could report real-time information regarding extreme weather and flood conditions to emergency management officials, which would help streamline response efforts, according to the plan.The $5 billion plan for New York City’s subway system includes an effort to close all 540 openings in the subway system before it can be flooded, and to retrofit all stair openings that go into the subway system.The state will also allocate $257 million to strengthen John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, and to build a flood wall around LaGuardia.The state additionally intends to launch the first College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, Cuomo said.The presentation at times felt like a history lesson on Cuomo’s part, noting New York’s desire to expand out to sea for more than two centuries. That logic doesn’t work anymore, he said.“We have to think in different terms…about our relationship with the coast,” he said. “The ocean is still moving in” Cuomo added, “and it’s reclaiming the shore line.”Biden’s presence appeared to be a mostly symbolic gesture to demonstrate how the federal government and states can work together to help rebuild.“We have to re-imagine America,” Biden said. “We have to do what you’re doing,” he added, turning to Cuomo.
Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title United capped off its first round campaign with a 4-3 record, good enough for fourth spot while the Power Hitters, with a 3-3 win-loss mark, still have one more game to play.Yasmeen Bedart-Ghani led United’s three-pronged attack, finishing with 20 points while Tai Manu-Olevao and Kalei Mau had 19 and 16 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUnited head coach Joshua Ylaya said the win was of utmost importance for them since they managed to get into a favorable seeding heading into the second round.“We don’t want to be in the second round and be pressured to win a number of games to get to the top four,” said Ylaya. LATEST STORIES “We don’t want to find ourselves after the second round and we’re at no. 5 with just a game, a point, or even a set, from the no. 4.”“What I love about these girls is there’s not a lot of technical adjustments we have to do in the part of the coaching staff.”Grace Lazaro and Kendra Dahlke had 17 points apiece to lead PLDT Home Fibr. / gsgADVERTISEMENT PBA D-League: St. Clare stuns Che’Lu, 82-77 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—United Volleyball Club ended the first round on a high note by turning back PLDT Home Fibr in four sets, 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-17, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.ADVERTISEMENT