Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for measures to make New York City Housing Authority buildings more storm resistant.
Joined by other officials Friday at NYCHA's Two Bridges Housing Development, Schumer said he wants $175 million in federal Hurricane Sandy aid used to retrofit 21 public housing complexes around the city.
Specifically, Schumer wants NYCHA to raise boilers, install emergency backup generators and, in some cases, combine the heat and electricity delivery systems that power and warm the buildings.
"We have to do whatever we can to ensure that we are better prepared when the next storm hits," Schumer said. "That applies to our infrastructure throughout New York, that applies to the private houses that people live in along the water, and it certainly applies to the New York City Housing Authority."
Schumer's call to action comes after 80,000 public housing tenants experienced various outages during Hurricane Sandy.
In some cases, elevators in the buildings were left inoperable for weeks.