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Climate Change Debate Should be Held in the Boroughs, Local Electeds Say

Hurricane Sandy floods the gantries in Long Island City (File Photo: 2012)

Aug. 12, 2019 By Shane O’Brien

Local politicians are calling on CNN to host its Democratic Presidential climate town hall—scheduled next month in New York City– in either Queens or Brooklyn.

Council Member Costa Constantinides, State Sen. Mike Gianaris and other local leaders joined with environmental advocates on the steps of City Hall Friday and argued that Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination should have to make their case in areas most at risk from the dangers of climate change.

Constantinides organized the rally and applauded CNN’s decision to host a climate town hall in New York but said that the network needed to take the discussion beyond Manhattan.

“These candidates should have to answer directly to the people most at risk of climate change — so we have to take this show beyond the bright lights of Broadway,” Constantinides said.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris said that many residents in Queens and Brooklyn have already felt the effects of climate change and referenced Hurricane Sandy that cost 43 lives and $19 billion in damage.

“Queens is on the front line of the climate debate,” Gianaris said. “While some debate the merits of climate change, we live its effects every day.”

Andrews Grove on 49th Avenue in Long Island City following Hurricane Sandy (Photo: LIC Post)

The rally coincided with a letter signed by 13 City, State and federal elected officials to CNN Worldwide President Jeffrey Zucker, asking the climate town hall be held in either Queens or Brooklyn.

“Qualifying candidates should answer to the Rockaway, Coney Island, and Long Island City residents who every day face toxic air, unprecedented sea level rise, heat waves, and other extreme weather,” says the letter signed by Constantinides, Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and 10 others.

CNN will host its climate town hall on Wednesday, September 4 in New York City.

The letter notes that the City Council has made strides to combat climate change in recent months, referencing the recent passage a package of legislation known as the Climate Mobilization Act, which will be the largest emissions reduction ever mandated by a city.

Costa Constantinides holds a press conference on the steps of City Hall Friday calling on CNN to hold its climate debate in Queens or Brooklyn


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You can also have it at the St George On SI
They where effected just as much or even worse
I don’t recall BK having much issues as LIC
Rockaway and SI
Maybe lame Billy wants it in BK for free press for his failed Pres run


I agree with ASensible Man. I see Climate Change as nothing more than the government confiscating more of our hard earned money to fix a naturally occurring phenomenon.

97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree that Climate change is real

Do you have a single excuse for believing that? Other than being another Fox-News-informed?


You do realize that that the “97%” number has not only been totally debunked, but debunked, burned up, shredded and buried fifty feet underground? That “survey” was a lie from day one (and a very deliberate lie), designed specifically to be endlessly repeated by our complicit state media to dupe the brainless nitwits who believe what they say.

Is there a single reason to believe that?

Woah I didn’t know that! Please share some evidence to support your opinion. Sounds like your have a bunch!


I do not watch Fox News. When I watch tv news, I watch CNN. I am an independent thinker who does not go along with the Group Think narrative of the dooms day Climate Change crowd.

Do you have any evidence that the vast majority of scientists worldwide are wrong about climate change?

Surely you have lots to disprove this terrible liberal conspiracy! Why haven’t you posted a single thing to back up your opinion?


“State Sen. Mike Gianaris said that many residents in Queens and Brooklyn have already felt the effects of climate change and referenced Hurricane Sandy”

This is an abject lie. Sandy had nothing to do with “Climate Change,” which is itself a gigantic fraud being perpetrated on the public. Sandy was barely even a hurricane, and the damage it did was due entirely to an unfortunate confluence of events. The seas aren’t rising, yet we’re going to spend billions on graft… oh excuse me, I meant useless projects designed to stop something that isn’t even happening.


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