New York City is home to more than 520 miles of coastline and more than 8 million residents -- nearly 400,000 of whom live in buildings that are physically vulnerable to coastal flooding and sea level rise. Faced with an aging building stock, an expanding 100-year floodplain, and rising costs of insurance, New York City’s coastal communities need to be better prepared. The city’s efforts to protect its neighborhoods could lead to replicable, cost-effective models for the rest of the world.

NYC's Resilience Strategy: OneNYC

On April 22, 2015, New York City released OneNYC, the city's plan to ensure that all New Yorkers can thrive in a city that is dynamic, livable, and safe.  

Download New York City’s Resilient Strategy, visit OneNYC, and take a look at the city’s four visions for the future.


Resilience Challenges

  • Heat Wave
  • Poor Transportation System
  • Rising Sea Level and Coastal Erosion
  • Tropical Storms

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer


Daniel Zarrilli was appointed in March 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the Director of the  Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency for the City of New York, which made his transition to Chief Resilience Officer only natural. In this position, he is leading the development and implementation of the City’s OneNYC resiliency program, preparing the city’s neighborhoods, economy and public services to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats. 

Prior to this, he was named the City’s first Director of Resiliency in June 2013 to implement A Stonger More Resilient New York after serving on the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, leading the City’s post-Sandy efforts to develop a comprehensive coastal protection plan for the five boroughs.

In a previous role, he was the Senior Vice President for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Prior to joining NYCEDC, Daniel spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation. 

He is a Professional Engineer in the State of NY and holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil  Engineering from Lehigh University. He resides in Staten Island with his wife and two children.


Snapshot of New York City

  • 8,400,000

    Population as of 2015

  • 3.2

    Average Household Size

  • +11%

    Population Growth 2004-2014

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