2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:21:53 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] New York's brownfields tax-credit recipients contribute to campaigns
Related Leads Donors Getting N.Y. Brownfield Tax Credits

By Martin Z. Braun and Freeman Klopott 
Business Week
July 29, 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has collected at least $650,000 in campaign contributions from recipients of tax credits to redevelop industrial sites during the past four years, a review of state data show.

Related Cos., its executives and entities controlled by the New York-based developer of Time Warner Center were the biggest donor, giving at least $262,700 to Cuomo, who is running for a second term. Syracuse shopping-mall magnate Robert Congel, members of his family and executives at his Pyramid Cos. contributed $143,250.

Critics of the incentives, which have cost taxpayers more than $1 billion since 2006, say they benefit wealthy developers and have done little to clean up contaminated industrial sites. Unlike other states, New York doesn’t limit the program to cleanup costs, and a study found that 94 percent of its brownfields tax credits have been used for redeveloping properties instead of remediating blighted land.


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