CONEY ISLAND - Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke about the city’s long-term plan to protect against the effects of climate change today in Coney Island.

The proposal is part of an initiative to make the city strong and better prepared for future weather events like Superstorm Sandy.

The plan includes building a new levee and tidal barrier, as well as a storm-water management system that would improve drainage in the Coney Island neighborhood.

The mayor says the proposals may take years, but will be well worth the effort.