STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After Hurricane Ida left parts of Staten Island under water, City Council candidate Sal Albanese released his resiliency plan for Mid-Island on Saturday. Albanese, a Democrat running for the 50th Council District seat, said he believes that the storm revealed both unaddressed and unknown infrastructure issues in Mid-Island. Some of his highest concerns were areas that had never experienced flooding before and are not included in the city’s flood risk map, but still suffered extensive damages.
Despite the rainfall from the storm being unexpected, Albanese said that what the borough saw was just a glimpse of what’s to come due to climate change during a press conference in Westerleigh on Saturday. “Climate change is real, folks,” he said to the crowd. “When I’m your city councilman, I plan to hit the ground running on this issue.”