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Council speaker airs ideas on stormproofing NYC

NEW YORK — As New York City works to recover from Superstorm Sandy, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling for more buried power lines, generators at gas stations and other measures to help prepare for future storms.

Quinn aired a series of proposals Tuesday. They include working to get a federal study of whether or not to build big storm-surge barriers. The idea has gotten a divided reception from scientists.

Quinn also suggests considering stricter requirements for flood-proofing buildings and pressing utilities to safeguard power plants better against inundation.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said his administration is focused on immediate recovery needs for now. But he’s suggested such future improvements as making sure hospitals and other buildings with backup generators don’t put them in flood-prone basements.

— Associated Press