Tristate Region Needs Commission for Flood Threat, Nonprofit Says

"A new tristate commission — funded by surcharges on property insurance premiums and empowered to select and pay for projects — is needed to counter the threat of rising seas, according to a Regional Plan Association report. A Coastal Commission for New York, Connecticut and New Jersey would ensure there is a consistent approach to the flood threat 2 million coastal residents will face by 2050— double the number now at risk, according to the RPA, a nonprofit created in the 1920s to spur the area’s 'prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life.' Scientists and elected and agency officials from all levels of government would run the commission, independently choosing and paying for projects, the RPA said. 'We’d want to make sure that the state, counties and localities feel they have good representation on the Commission,' said Robert Freudenberg, an RPA vice president, by email."

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