- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo - “We have a new reality when it comes to these weather patterns; we have an old infrastructure, we have old systems. That is not a good combination and that is one of the lessons I will take from this, personally”,
- U.S. Senator Charles Schumer - "There are a group of people in Washington right now who just deny the truth …about what's going on in the atmosphere” and
- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg - “The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work….In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods -- something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable. Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be -- given this week’s devastation -- should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”
- The economic impact of this disaster will take months or longer to assess, but the "Post Sandy" era will require replacements and upgrades to a broad set of infrastructures (transportation, power grids, etc.).
- The rebuilding process has the potential to 1) drive economic growth, 2) reduce the polarized nature of political discourse and 3) increase the focus on the effectiveness of government rather than the size of government.