The completion of a NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan is an important step toward rebuilding a more resilient community. Designed and driven by local communities, the plans account for specific needs, opportunities and strategies of cities, towns and villages throughout the State. Each locality is eligible for between $3 million and $25 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, as it implements new and innovative strategies that aim to establish a stronger and better future. 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.
Co-Chair. Jon Forrest Dohlin, Director of the New York Aquarium, has been with the Wildlife Conservation Society since 1997 and was appointed Director in January of 2008. Both a Biologist and an Architect by training, Dohlin has worked for WCS as an Exhibit Designer, and as a Project Manager in both the Design and Capital Construction Departments. The aquarium is located along the boardwalk in Coney Island and sustained substantial damage in Superstorm Sandy.
Co-Chair. Sue Fox is Executive Director of the Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Inc. The Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Inc. (Shorefront Y) has a long history of providing a range of social, recreational, educational and cultural programming for individuals and families in the most southern tier of Brooklyn. The Shorefront Y provides programs in early childhood education, teen services, athletic and recreational activities for children and adults, a senior center and immigrant and resettlement services. The organization also offers services to Russian speaking adults with disabilities and coordinates numerous social, educational, recreational, and cultural events throughout the year