The Real Deal New York

Most New Yorkers believe coastal areas should be rebuilt in Sandy’s wake

December 13, 2012 03:30PM

Damage from Hurricane Sandy

Most New Yorkers believe Hurricane Sandy was not a fluke and that homes should be rebuilt in affected communities, albeit under revised building codes, the New York Observer reported.

A new poll by Quinnipiac University found that two thirds of New York state residents believe their community will be hit by a serious storm sometime in the next decade, the Observer said, but according to the same poll, nine out of ten believe that the areas hit by the storm should be rebuilt in their entirety.

But most residents — 65 percent — also say they want more stringent codes implemented before homes are rebuilt.

“In the cleanup after Sandy, most New York State voters say there should be tougher building standards,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a release, per the Observer. “Voters on Long Island and in New York City, the areas hardest hit, support stricter codes.” [NYO] –Guelda Voien

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