The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Preliminary Report on Improving the Strength and Resilience of New York State's Infrastructure

Bridge NYS 2100 Commission: Recommnedations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State's Infrastructure On Friday, January 11, 2013, the NYS2100 Commission released its preliminary report and recommendations following several severe weather events that have crippled New York's critical infrastructure systems. "On November 15, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the NYS2100 Commission in response to the recent, and unprecedented, severe weather events experienced by New York State and the surrounding region: most recently, Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. The Governor asked the Commission to examine and evaluate key vulnerabilities in the State's critical infrastructure systems, and to recommend actions that should be taken to strengthen and improve the resilience of those systems. If done right, we have a tremendous opportunity not only to mitigate future damage and subsequent economic losses, but to invigorate New York's economy with a robust green technology sector and to enhance quality-of-life for all New Yorkers." "Many of these recommendations are relevant to multiple sectors, create improvements across systems, and enhance these essential resilience characteristics. The nine major recommendations highlighted below are elaborated in the full report."
  • Protect, upgrade, and strengthen existing systems
  • Rebuild smarter: Ensure replacement with better options and alternatives
  • Encourage the use of green and natural infrastructure
  • Create shared equipment and resource reserves
  • Promote integrated planning and develop criteria for integrated decision-making for capital investments
  • Enhance institutional coordination To view the full report click here.