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Two officials are pushing for legislative action that would protect New York from a major catastrophe, according to a release by ProtectingNewYork.org, part of the national coalition ProtectingAmerica.org, which was formed last year to improve the way America prepares for and protects itself from a catastrophe.

According to a statement, New York City public advocate Betsy Gotbaum and Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer joined former FEMA director James Lee Witt in urging the state capitol to set up a catastrophe insurance fund that would protect the state’s natural catastrophe victims, provide more funding for first responders, and mitigate potential damage through better planning and improved consumer education.

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