City Limits: Mayoral Hopeful Donovan Outlines Vision for Addressing Climate Change

A Democratic mayoral candidate has put climate change at the center of his run for City Hall, issuing a lengthy policy outline that critiques the de Blasio administration even as it doubles down on some of its environmental policies.

Shaun Donovan, a former city housing commissioner who served as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and budget director in the Obama administration, last week released a 6,000-word climate policy called “A More Sustainable, Equitable, and Just New York.”

Calling Donovan “a visionary who understands the climate emergency, but will also act,” the plan says the candidate “will match urgency with a deep focus on implementation and competent management to follow through on ambitious emissions goals and policies.”

The plan is more detailed than what candidates typically issue. Given the scale and seriousness of the climate problem, it is perhaps little surprise that even as it stakes out new territory, it leaves some questions unanswered.

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