N.Y. Gov. Cuomo's State-of-the-State Jan. 9 Speech Under Advance Pressure to Back Storm Protection, Not Wall Street Bail-Out
January 9, 2013 • 11:27AM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who gives his State-of-the-State address tomorrow, is under pressure to speak to the urgency of building storm surge barriers and rebuilding the economy of the Superstorm Sandy region, and to leave off the standing Wall Street bail-out policy. Leading the charge is Diane Sare in New Jersey, whose kick-off campaign event for governor of the state, was held Jan. 5, featuring the emergency LaRouchePAC action plan and a briefing for organizers.

Next to nothing has come forward so far from Washington, D.C., in the way of true relief. Two commissions have reported out to Cuomo on what is required for preparedness in the region. Whatever the task force members may be saying, N.Y. and N.J. state and local lawmakers are outspoken in their demand for action, as covered in the local media. One example, from silive.com, Jan. 8 (The Staten Island Advance newspaper website):

"State Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) said he'd like to hear about flood prevention programs going forward for the affected city and Long Island landscape, including a possible 'combination of seawalls and berms ... that would require a significant capital investment,' now that a storm of Sandy's magnitude 'is a reality and not something that is just on the radar.'"

The issue of committing to building long-obstructed flood-protection barriers was raised in a new documentary by CNN, titled, "The Coming Storms," which aired Sunday, Jan. 6, at 8 pm, and is now being re-run. The video shows Army Corps of Engineers footage of the New Orleans, 1.8-mile-long, Lake Borgne Storm Surge Barrier, and also seawall barriers in place in The Netherlands and in St. Petersburg. CNN features Dr. Malcolm Bowman, chairman of the Storm Surge Research Group at Stony Brook University on Long Island, explaining what should be done in New York/New Jersey. Bowman states, "People ask me, if the Dutch can do it, if the Russians can do it, why can't we?"

He calls for the "Outer Harbor Gateway Project," involving a surge-barrier with navigation gates, constructed between Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and the tip of Far Rockaway in Queens, NY (one of the city's five boroughs). This would cost between 15 and 20 billion dollars and be cheap at the price. Bowman told CNN, "I feel my middle name is Noah, and I've been telling everybody the big flood is coming. We better start building the ark."

Maps and specifications for this proposal were presented in 2009 at seminar of engineers in New York City, whose proceedings were just published last month by the American Society of Civil Engineers, "Storm Surge Barriers to Protect New York City Against the Deluge," (2013: www.asce.org/pubs; 260 paperback).