New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway delivered the keynote address at the Environmental Contractors Association (ECA) special breakfast seminar on Superstorm Sandy last week.
Called ‘A Look Back and Ahead at Disaster Recovery’ the seminar recognized the individuals who came together to form an program in response to Hurricane Sandy and highlighted the positive impact of the environmental remediation community following the disaster.
The seminar included two panel discussions, An Unprecedented Disaster with Unprecedented Challenges and Disaster Recovery Response: Innovative Solutions and Lessons Learned, led by industry leaders and ECA members.
Speakers included Karen Grando, ECA president; Robert Avaltroni, Four Bridges Consulting Services; Doug Glorie, STV Inc; Robert Kulick, OSHA; Richard Tobin, NYC Fire Department; Brad Gair, Mayor’s Housing Recovery Office; Richard Anderson, NY Building Congress and; Geraldine Sweeney, Mayor’s Office of Operations.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the ECA collaborated with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Office of Housing Recovery Operations on a new initiative to treat and remove mold in homes impacted by the storm.
The unique public-private partnership, co-ordinated by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC and administered by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), brought not-for-profit organizations and private contractors — including many ECA members — together to provide mold treatments for affected households.