The view from aerial tour of Hurricane Sandy damage of New Jersey's barrier beaches, Nov. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

New York City ‘ill-prepared’ for next major storm, Comptroller Stringer says

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- New York City isn’t prepared for its next major storm seven years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the five boroughs, Comptroller Scott Stringer told the Advance.

“The city is ill-prepared to deal with a Sandy-like storm, and it is no longer a storm that will occur every 250 years,” he said. “This is actually a storm that could be here in 10 or 20 years, and it could happen multiple times during a person’s lifetime.”

After making landfall on Oct. 29, 2012, Sandy caused nearly $20 billion in damage, and directly caused the deaths of approximately 147 people -- at least 21 on Staten Island -- according to federal officials.

Stringer said Wednesday that the city has been too slow to use available federal funding to ensure it doesn’t face the same devastation when the next storm comes. He echoed his report from May that found the city had spent a little more than half of a combined $14.7 billion in already-allocated federal grants.

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