BROOKLYN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE BUNKEDDEKO CONDEMNS TRUMP’S TERMINATION OF NYC CLIMATE RESILIENCY STUDY

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[New York City's Climate Resiliency]
Adem Bunkeddeko is an organizer and advocate in Central Brooklyn running for Congress in NY-9. He previously challenged incumbent Yvette Clarke in 2018, losing by less than two thousand votes... He previously served on Brooklyn Community Board #8.
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Adem Bunkeddeko, Democrat running for Congress in NY-9, has issued the following statement condemning the federal government's decision to halt its study into New York City's climate resiliency.

"This is what happens when someone who doesn't believe in climate change is Commander-in-Chief," says Bunkeddeko. "This is also what happens when Trump tries to get re-elected in 2020 by punishing cities that push back against his agenda in order to appease his base. Climate change is the biggest existential threat to our generation, and we need leaders who will take action now to protect the future of our planet. Extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy are going to be more frequent, and New York City — especially our coastal community — needs to be prepared. We cannot build the necessary climate resilient infrastructure without studies that inform what we build. Future infrastructure projects that don't take into account climate impact and resilience are a waste of taxpayer dollars. Communities like Gerritsen Beach still need money to rebuild from Sandy and important investments into their infrastructure to ensure they are never left behind again. We need to take climate resilience measures now, otherwise we're denying ourselves and future generations a habitable city."

Hurricane Sandy killed 43 people in New York City, displaced thousands of New Yorkers, and caused nearly $20 billion in damages across the city. The Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach area reported nearly $22 million worth of damages after Sandy. Adem Bunkeddeko is an organizer and advocate in Central Brooklyn running for Congress in NY-9. He previously challenged incumbent Yvette Clarke in 2018, losing by less than two thousand votes.

Through a career in public service, Bunkeddeko has tried to pay forward the sacrifices his family, who fled civil war in Uganda to start a life in America. He previously served on Brooklyn Community Board #8 where the people of his neighborhood have been turning for help because their elected representatives have neglected the affordable housing crisis.

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