The NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program is a participatory recovery and resiliency initiative established to provide assistance to 124 New York State communities severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) is allotting federal funds to support the planning and implementation of community-developed recovery and resiliency projects. The NYRCR Program is currently implementing over 300 projects throughout New York State through partnerships with local governments, non-profit partners, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. These projects, which range from essential infrastructure investments to critical public services, will help communities recover from the devastating damage of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. The projects are crucial to ensure that residents and communities across New York State are physically, economically, and socially more resilient in the future.
Resilience and Recovery Projects Underway
The types of projects the NYRCR Program is implementing range widely and respond directly to the specific needs of each community. Examples of projects in implementation include:
- Community-wide drainage infrastructure improvements;
- Retrofits to critical community facilities with emergency backup power; and
- Workforce training programs to provide local residents with skills related to storm recovery.
Looking across all three regions, the program’s investment in New York State can be categorized in the following ways:
|Category||Number of Active Projects and Dollar Amount1|
|Critical Facility/ Infrastructure Hardening:
Hardening of shelters, fire departments, water/wastewater plants, and other similar facilities. These projects represent an array of facilities and infrastructure that are retrofitted to continue operating during severe storm events and other emergencies.
|120 projects; Over $170 million|
|Drainage Improvements and Green Infrastructure:
Grey and green projects that expand the capacity of drainage infrastructure to handle heavy rainfall events.
|92 projects; Over $199 million|
Workforce development, small business grants, and economic corridor revitalization.
|14 projects; Over $17 million|
|Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Operations:
Non-infrastructure projects that are broadly dedicated to the development or expansion of programs and services that communities rely on to prepare for and respond to emergency events.
|22 projects; Over $8 million|
Residential resiliency technical assistance, housing elevation, affordable housing development.
|7 projects; Over $26 million|
|Shoreline Protection (Ocean and Riverine):
Projects that preserve property and/or prevent erosion, such as living shorelines and rock revetments, bulkheads.
|29 projects; Over $76 million|
Streetlights, road elevation, and other projects that directly repair or enhance structures which are integral to the integrity of transportation routes and devices that are critical to a community during a severe storm event.
|27 projects; Over $67 million|
|TOTAL||311 projects; Over $568 million|
1. Chart current as of September 2019
For more information on the projects the NYRCR Program is implementing in your community, see your community page.
Community members can participate in their community’s recovery by attending community events, such as ground breakings, or participating in engagement events to help further shape project and program designs. See the Events page for events in your community.
Community Resiliency Planning
The backbone of the NYRCR Program is a community-driven resilience planning process that is unprecedented in scope and financial commitment.
From 2012 through 2014, the NYRCR Program worked with more than 650 local residents and business owners in storm-impacted communities to discuss and plan how best to rebuild their communities to become more resilient. These committee members reached out to their neighbors through more than 250 public engagement events. The NYRCR Program’s outreach included communities that are traditionally underrepresented, such as immigrant populations and students. The end result of this unique planning endeavor are Community Reconstruction plans that focus on unique rebuilding and resiliency strategies for each community. These plans are essential to driving the recovery and resiliency projects undertaken by the NYRCR Program and provide groundwork for future resilience projects to be undertaken in the communities.
NOTE: The NY Rising Community Reconstruction plans referenced on these pages are comprehensive planning documents created by and for the affected communities. For this reason, the documents describe projects that were discussed; however, not all of these were selected by the community as priorities to be funded.