Director of Recovery and Resiliency Jainey Bavishi, Mayor de Blasio, NYCEDC President James Patchett, Borough President Gale Brewer Photographer: Britany Dixon

March 14, 2019 – Today at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), a full house watched and listened as NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled New York’s comprehensive strategy for the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) project based on a three-phase study. The recommendations included a plan to extend the Manhattan shoreline two blocks into the East River to protect the Seaport and Financial District area. In addition, the city will advance $500 million for four capital projects to reinforce coastal areas and provide interim flood protections for the Seaport, parts of the Financial District and Two Bridges neighborhoods beginning between 2019 and 2021.

MCNY is honored to have been selected as the site for the announcement of a visionary climate change resiliency program that will protect lower Manhattan into the next century,” said Dr. Joanne Passaro, President of MCNY, “We commend Mayor de Blasio, Borough President Gale Brewer, Director of Recovery and Resiliency Jainey Bavishi and NYCEDC President James Patchett for leading these critical initiatives to protect the economic interests of all New Yorkers and, indeed, all Americans, by safeguarding the Financial District and all of lower Manhattan.”

Planning for resilience empowers stakeholders to evaluate plans, set strategic policies, and implement projects that will enable communities to adapt when faced with challenges. “Disasters make communities vulnerable,” says Chuck Frank, Associate Director Emergency and Disaster Management graduate program/MCNY’s School for Public Affairs and Administration, “Developing measures that allow for action in the face of uncertainty or unexpected events is absolutely necessary.” The MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management prepares leaders in planning, management, logistics, response, relief, recovery, and economics associated with managing emergency situations.

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About: Metropolitan College of New York
Audrey Cohen, an educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community.  MCNY is a non-profit, accredited, private college. Year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455.  For more information on MCNY, visit or call 800.33.THINK.