Director's Message

Director's Messsage

Director of Mayor's Office of Recovery & Resiliency/Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Jainey Bavishi

 On behalf of the entire staff, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) website. Climate change is perhaps the toughest challenge New York City will face in the coming decades. Rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and precipitation, and the likelihood of more frequent and intense storms threaten our neighborhoods and infrastructure while exacerbating many underlying social equities. In May of 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio established ORR to lead the City's comprehensive effort to build a stronger, more resilient New York. ORR spearheads a $20 billion resiliency program, preparing the City for the evolving impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats.

In April 2015, Mayor de Blasio released One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC), which serves as the foundation of ORR's work. OneNYC identifies specific measures to strengthen the City's 520 miles of shorelines; upgrade the City's stock of over 1 million buildings; protect the City’s vast infrastructure and broad array of critical services; and make our homes, businesses, and most vulnerable neighborhoods safer and more vibrant. This far-reaching plan builds off the recommendations laid out in A Stronger, More Resilient New York released in 2013. Critical to ORR's mission is the recovery and rebuilding of neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.

ORR, which is comprised of urban planners, architects, engineers, economists, and lawyers, has made great progress in achieving the resiliency goals set forth in OneNYC by working closely with federal, state and city agencies to ensure the implementation of these vital resiliency investments occur in a manner which accurately reflects community priorities, while promoting equity across our city.

We approach the challenge of addressing the impacts to our City caused by climate change at a critical time in our Nation's history. Cities are now more important than ever in providing pivotal leadership at the local level. It is both an honor and privilege to serve as the Director of ORR as New York City continues to lead in implementing inclusive and equitable climate action.

-Jainey Bavishi, Director of Mayor's Office of Recovery & Resiliency/Deputy Chief Resiliency Officer