Mayoral candidates are attending a West Village forum run by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance that focuses on infrastructure issues raised from Hurricane Sandy and the maritime industry.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former City Comptroller William Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio are among those attending the event at Pier 40 that is hosted by an umbrella group that represents more than 700 waterfront organizations.
The forum's organizers said they want the candidates to turn their attention to how areas affected by Sandy can be revitalized and how maritime businesses can flourish once more.
"We are a coastal city, we are a city of islands and peninsulas and we need to protect ourselves from the water around us, but we also need to use and enjoy the water around us. It's also about revitalization of the city, making the city connect once again with its waterfront," said Roland Lewis, the president and CEO of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.
They also said they want the candidates to embrace "good science" and thorough study of all possibilities to prevent and mollify damage from future storms.