Instead of sitting around behind lecterns arranged on a stage, several candidates in the New York City's mayor race boarded a boat Tuesday to discuss Sandy and other waterfront issues at a forum sponsored by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn went first and spoke most forcefully in favor of a strong response to last October's storm.
"Rebuilding and revisioning our city in a climate change world is the most important infrastructure project of our time," she said.
Other mayoral candidates also supported rebuilding more resiliently, but did not outline specific plans.
The boat that played host to the forum, by the way, was the Hornblower Infinity. It stayed dockside at Manhattan's Pier 40 for the mayoral candidates, but in the afternoon went on a cruise around the harbor while a conference on waterfront issues took place on board.