2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2014 07:36:57 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Alliance urges reform of New York State brownfields program
Allies: Change cleanup program Brownfield incentives exploited by luxury projects downstate

By Brian Nearing
Albany Times-Union (NY)
January 7, 2014

Albany - Business leaders and environmental groups have formed an unlikely alliance to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to save, but reform, a controversial pollution clean up program that has cost the state $1.1 billion amid mounting criticism it is being milked as a cash cow by high-end developers.

Last month, Cuomo got a letter urging him to extend the decade-old Brownfield Tax Credit Program, which is due to expire at the end of 2015.

What made the letter unusual were those that signed it - pro- development groups like The Business Council of New York State and Real Estate Board of New York whose members have benefited handsomely from the credits, and critics of the program like Environmental Advocates of New York, New Partners for Community Renewal, New York League of Conservation Voters and New York City Environmental Justice League.


For the entire article, see
http://m.timesunion.com/business/article/Allies-Change-cleanup- program-5122095.php


Lenny Siegel
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