New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ambitious plans to prepare for climate change remind editorial writer Joe Dolman of past grand plans to develop parts of Manhattan. One thing that's critical to see this kind of vision through is the support of the city's influential real estate community. Bloomberg is proposing new coastal protections, zoning codes, developments, telecommunications planning and fuel readiness, all under a $19.5 billion price tag. The board thinks that’s probably a low estimate. The city must focus on what's feasible and what's necessary.
At this point, we’re also planning to take a look at what’s needed to ramp up use of Long Island MacArthur Airport.
And Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, has proposed reforms to how the U.S. military handles sexual assault. However, Levin’s plan falls short of taking complaints outside the military chain of command. The editorial board feels that’s a must to deter assault.
Finally, we were surprised to see the high number of Long Islanders – eight in 10 – who support a path to citizenship for immigrants, according to a new poll.
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