In a major speech Thursday, a top deputy to Mayor Bloomberg said that when it comes to climate change, candidates for mayor are spouting a bunch of hot air, and that more attention is needed for New York to weather the worsening storms in the city's future. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
He may not look familiar, but what Seth Pinsky says on climate change matters in political circles. And Pinsky believes what candidates aren't saying about it should worry voters.
"A problem of this magnitude demands specificity and demands action," he said.
He demands detailed reaction to Bloomberg's $19 billion blueprint for a more resilient city that the mayor released earlier this month.
"I don't think it's unfair to say that we deserve to know whether the mayor's successor will carry that plan forward, or if not, what his or her alternative might be," Pinsky said.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has spoken at length about how she'd ready the city for increasing sea levels and storms. Others also have, though to a lesser degree.
But reaction varied among Thursday's audience of business leaders.
"When one of the candidates do become mayor, it is crucial at that point that they're putting those plans into action," said Helena Durst of NY Water Taxi. "I think it's hard for them to develop what a full plan looks like without fully understanding all of the nuances of the waterfront, because it's very, very tricky."
The Bloomberg administration has another demand, this one of Washington, D.C. It wants more federal aid for New York City, just as New Orleans received after Hurricane Katrina.
The city said the Gulf Coast got more than $9 billion for long-term shore defense after it got $6 billion for largely short-term repairs.
As he waits, the mayor is quick to point out what the city does alone, and a new poll finds New Yorkers not only support Bloomberg's post-Sandy plan, they also give thumbs up to recycling food waste with a narrower margin.
When it come to bike lanes, reaction is split, as 29 percent want them increased, 28 percent want them decreased and 38 percent want the number about the same.
As for the bike share program, 50 percent approve it, 20 percent don't and 27 percent don't know enough.
The poll also finds that more New Yorkers approve, rather than disapprove, of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.