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Brownfield Cleanup Program extended to March 2017

Rochester Business Journal
June 20, 2014

Legislation to extend the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program was passed Friday by the Senate, following passage by the Assembly, and will be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law, officials announced Friday.

The bill would continue the brownfield program through March 31, 2017, and increases bonding by $300 million for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Superfund program, Senate representatives said in a statement.

“The Brownfield Cleanup Program is a critical tool that encourages private investment in communities to get vacant and abandoned properties cleaned up and back on the tax rolls,” said Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, who sponsored the bill.

“I am pleased the Assembly and Senate were able to come to an agreement on this legislation that makes it attractive for developers to continue to participate in this important economic and environmental revitalization program.”

Brian Sampson, executive director of the Unshackle Upstate coalition of businesses, calls the brownfield program the only economic development tool available to upstate cities.

“This is not a done deal,” Sampson said Friday. “We are aware that there are concerns from the executive (branch) about the implication of the bonding and how it may impact New York’s ability to borrow. But our urban centers need an extension to clean up our manufacturing legacy.”

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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