New York City's extensive infrastructure systems and essential services ensure New Yorkers are able to live, work, eat, communicate, and recreate safely and effectively, in addition to providing for the 50 million tourists that visit the city each year.
It is imperative that critical infrastructure is secure, resilient, and able to withstand and rapidly recover from all manner of occurrences, ranging from the minor mishaps to the truly destructive events, like Hurricane Sandy. Proactive, planned, and coordinated efforts are necessary to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure – including assets, networks, and systems – that are vital to public confidence and New Yorkers' safety, prosperity, and well-being. This endeavor is a shared responsibility among state and local entities, and public and private owners and operators of critical infrastructure. New York City's critical infrastructure and services includes: