On YouTube: City Island's Concerns Over Rising Sea Levels
Jamaica Bay / NYC - News


Katie Graziano, NYSG Coastal Resilience Extension Specialist, E: kag247@cornell.edu, P: 718-951-5415

Bronx, NY, September 16, 2022 - In this episode of CUNY TV's "DiverseCITY" ...

• Why is a push for a new ferry to City Island making waves?

• What are the concerns over rising sea levels and how it may affect the coastal community?

• A cozy diner is profiled that’s become a mainstay in the area.

• Also highlighted is the seaside settlement’s nautical history, and the story of a land lubber who came to the island nearly 50 years ago and never left.


— John Doyle, President, City Island Rising
— David Diaz, Board Member, City Island Rising
Katie Graziano, Coastal Resilience Extension Specialist, NY Sea Grant
— Susan Hayes, Co-Owner, City Island Diner
— Donna McGowan, Co-Owner, City Island Diner
— Barbara Dolensek, Vice President, City Island Historical Society / Administrator, City Island Nautical Museum
— Ron Terner, Photographer; Owner, Focal Point Gallery

For her part, Katie Graziano, a Coastal Resilience Specialist from New York Sea Grant, applies her experiences with flooding in neighborhoods around Jamaica Bay, which due to sea level rise is becoming more frequent and widespread. The Science and Resilience Institute, in partnership with New York Sea Grant, works with residents, researchers and agencies to build collective knowledge about the location, timing and impacts of current and future flooding. This local, science-based information is a critical part of developing resilient solutions.

Graziano's discussion begins at around 7 minutes 58 seconds.

For more information on flooding in neighborhoods around Jamaica Bay, visit www.srijb.org/flooding or www.nysegrant.org/jamaicabay

DiverseCITY highlights the beautiful mosaic that is New York, one neighborhood at a time. The monthly series features a bit of history, shares community issues of concern, and profiles businesses that are unique to their neighborhood. The show hopes to familiarize New Yorkers with their neighboring communities.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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