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April 4 2013

Hurricane Sandy Reveals Serious Deficiencies in New York's Energy System

Building a Sustainable Energy Future for New York


Event Details:

Date: Monday, April 15, 2013, 9:00am- 12:00pm
Location: Cornell Conference Center, 16 E. 34th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY (between 5th and Madison Avenues)

Event Description:

Hurricane Sandy revealed serious deficiencies in New York State's energy and electrical infrastructure. Over 8 million people in NY and NJ lost power, many for weeks. Some communities will rely on sub-standard infrastructure that was installed in the aftermath of the storm indefinitely. But the public discussions on how to rebuild from Sandy often overlook the energy system's human infrastructure and the need for meaningful, community control and public oversight over energy decisions.

The Worker Institute at Cornell is convening a half-day meeting to examine two main issues. One, what are the deficiencies in NY's energy system that were revealed by Hurricane Sandy? Two, how can the state ensure that today's energy and investment choices will serve both communities and the environment?

This meeting will feature the expertise of leaders from labor unions, community groups, scientists and engineers, policy makers, and government officials.

Featured Contributors:

Vincent Alvarez, President, NYC Central Labor Council
Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (Invited)
Mario Cilento, President, NYS AFL-CIO (Invited)
John Duffy, Vice-President, Utility Workers Union of America
Christopher Erikson, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 (Invited)
Emmaia Gelman, Policy Coordinator, Alliance for a Just Rebuilding
Robert Howarth (via videoconference), Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology, Cornell University
John Murphy, Business Manager, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 1
Ellen Redmond, IBEW Utility Council
James Slevin, Vice-President, Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 (Invited)
Elizabeth Yeampierre, Exectutive Director, UPROSE (Invited)

This meeting is by invitation only. The meeting is part of the Worker Institute at Cornell's newly launched Project Sandy on Labor, Energy, and Climate. If your union or organization would like to get involved in the project, please contact Lara Skinner ( or Sean Sweeney (