Director's Message

Director's Message

Director of Mayor's Office of Resiliency, Jainey Bavishi

On behalf of the entire staff, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the Mayor's Office of Resiliency (MOR) website. Climate change is among the greatest challenges 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 worsening existing social inequities. In May of 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio established MOR to lead the City's comprehensive effort to build a stronger, more resilient New York City. As we adapt to climate change, we are also creating a more vibrant city for the New Yorkers of today and generations to come. 

In April 2015, Mayor de Blasio released One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC), which 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; make our homes and businesses safer and more vibrant; and protect our most vulnerable neighborhoods. This far-reaching plan builds off the recommendations laid out in A Stronger, More Resilient New York released in 2013. 

We are a team of dedicated urban planners, architects, engineers, lawyers, and policy experts, and we approach the challenge of climate change with urgency at this critical moment in history. As the impacts of climate change continue to worsen, strong leadership from cities has never been more important. It is both an honor and privilege to serve as the Director of MOR as New York City continues to develop and implement innovative, inclusive and equitable approaches to building resiliency in the face of mounting climate threats.

-Jainey Bavishi, Director of Mayor's Office of Resiliency