NEW YORK CITY—While some New Yorkers' homes or offices wereforever changed by Hurricane Sandy, for the vast majority ofresidents, the storm merely represents a one-time, tragic event anda bad memory.

Not so for Dan Zarrilli. As director of the NYC Office ofRecovery and Resiliency, he's working hard to find and execute waysto protect the city both from future storms and other potentialcatastrophic events related to climate change. Speaking to theNAIOP NYC chapter Wednesday in Midtown, the busy executive outlinedthe extensive work being done by his office and partnerorganizations to make the city prepared for the nextclimate-induced disruption. The city received $60 billion infederal aid for such efforts.

“Hurricane Sandy was an idiosyncratic event but climate changeis real and we could be subjected to regular tidal flooding by the2050s as well as heat waves, intense precipitation and coastalflooding,” he said.

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.