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The focus of this website is "brownfields" in the State of New York.  Brownfields are "abandoned, idled or under-used industrial and commercial sites where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination that can add cost, time or uncertainty to a redevelopment project."  (U.S. EPA definition.)

  New York State has many brownfield sites with an active potential for redevelopment or reuse. Unfortunately, this potential often exceeds the reality because of the many barriers that exist in New York to cost-effective and timely brownfields cleanup and reuse.  With the enactment of new authorizing legislation in October 2003, the State has made an exciting new beginning ....  Whether reality matches the legislation's potential remains to be seen.  

This website brings together detailed information about New York State's present and evolving brownfields and voluntary cleanup programs, how these programs compare to those of other states, program elements that appear to impede efficient cleanup and reuse, and opportunities and prospects for improvement.

  Inputs from readers are welcome.  You may contact the Site Administrator at: .  For information about the Site Administrator, click here (updated 4/5/02).  



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Brownfields-related news in or affecting The Greater Binghamton area.
  UPCOMING EVENTS (NEW) meetings and workshops of general interest. 


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National Brownfield Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C. (June 22-23, 2004)--Photo Gallery (photos by Ken Kamlet (c) 2004)

National Brownfield Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C. (May 11-12, 2005)--Congressional Reception; Award Presentation to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (added 5/27/05; photos by Ken Kamlet (c) 2005)

new! New York Harbor Brownfields Boat Tour--June 30, 2005 (added 7/6/05; photos by Ken Kamlet (c) 2005)
new! New York Chapter Representatives Meet with State Assembly and Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Chairs--June 7, 2005; page 1; page 2 (added 7/8/05; photos by Ken Kamlet (c) 2005).
Photo of Executive Team at Albany Meeting
Article about Gannett Brownfields project in Johnson City, NY (from Brownfield News, July 2004)
**The National Brownfield Association's New York State Chapter held its Spring 2004 meeting in Albany, May 18, 2004.  Capital District mayors, State Sen. Carl Marcellino, State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, DEC Commissioner Erin Crotty, and representatives of DEC, DOH, DOS, ESD, Department of Taxation, and Department of Insurance participated.  Click here for selected photos of the event.  May 22, 2004.
The National Brownfield Association's New York State Chapter  held its inaugural meeting in Yonkers, Sept. 29, 2003; key State Legislators and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton participated.  For a program summary (including photos), click here Oct. 10, 2003.
NEW!! Professional photos (courtesy of the National Brownfields Association) taken at the Yonkers meeting.  Added July 6, 2004.


*  EPA Technical Support.  Feb. 23, 2004


Brownfields and Innovative Technologies - Dec. 15, 2004


Senator Clinton Visits Binghamton to

Boost Greater Binghamton's Economic Development Plan and subsequent brownfields-related news coverage



 New Directions for New York's
updated 10/18/04 
developments in the NYS Legislature...developments at NYS DEC...positions of various interest groups. 

NYS Seal Legislature adopts Brownfields Legislation.  Senate acts on September 16, 2003, by a vote of 51-9, to approve A. 9120/S. 5702.*  The Governor signed the bill into law on Thursday, October 9, 2003.  See Buffalo and Albany news stories.  See AP story
The full text of the 107-page legislation may be accessed via the following links: Cover of House Bill.

The Governor was to sign it into law in Babylon, Long Island on September 17th.  See news story and summary updated 9/17/03  The Governor wound up signing the bill nearly a month later because it failed to arrive from Albany!  updated 9/18/03.  See Governor's News Release
Technical correction amendments (48 pages) were adopted on August 11, 2004.  The bill was delivered to the Governor on Sept. 23, 2004 and he signed the bill on October 5, 2004 (Chapter 577). 

For full text, click here. NEW!  (8/23/04).  A summary of the highlights of these amendments appeared in the October 2004 issue of Brownfield News.  For a copy, click here.

!!Claimed abuse of brownfield tax credits by New York City projects slows down new project approvals and threatens future of program.  One New York City project, in the works before approval of legislation containing brownfield redevelopment tax credits, involving no prior industrial activity, and containing only limited contamination (one 7,500-gal., above-ground fuel-oil storage tank; two previously removed 550-gal. above-ground storage tanks; and elevators that may have used PCB-containing fluids) , is seeking a huge brownfield tax credit of $170 million or more.  The potential tax credit for this one New York City project exceeds the entire anticipated cost of the full tax credit program--originally estimated at approximately $135 million when the tax credit program becomes fully effective in 2006.  This is causing DEC to reassess its definition of an eligible "brownfield" site (e.g., can redevelopment of a highly valuable commercial property in midtown Manhattan, that was committed to before brownfield tax credits existed, be considered to be "complicated by" the presence of minor contamination?) and is delaying the acceptance of new BCP applications.  It is also creating negative PR and has elicited criticism from environmental groups and influential legislators (see below).  Observers fear that the 2005 legislative session will see efforts to roll-back or cap the tax credit program.  Oct. 18, 2004.


For critical articles and commentaries (copyrighted by the respective organizations), see the following:

  * New York Post, June 30, 2004 (
  * City Limits Weekly, June 28, 2004 (Copyright (c) 2004 City Limits Community Information Service, Inc.)

  * City Limits Monthly, September/October 2004 (Copyright (c) 2004 City Limits Community Information Service, Inc.)

  * The New York Sun, Sept. 30, 2004 and New York Sports Express, October 14, 2004

  * NT Issue Briefs, Aug. 25, 2004 (National Taxpayers Union & National Taxpayers Union Foundation)

New York State DEC draft BCP Eligibility Criteria--the State's attempt to deal with this issue administratively. 
Dec. 1, 2004.

New York State DEC final BCP Eligibility Criteria--how the State acted in response to public comments.  Added May 2, 2005.


Selected public comments on the DEC draft.  Dec. 1, 2004.

Binghamton, New York's Premier Brownfield Gets a New Lease on Life

     See stories hereNEW.  Updated 3/22/04.
ENCON Chair Tom DiNapoli visits Ranger Paracord Site

Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee Chair, Tom DiNapoli (D-Long Island), visits former Endicott-Johnson Ranger Paracord Site, Nov. 15, 2004, in Johnson City, Broome County, NY.  (Others pictured are: Dee Golazeski (left) Johnson City Village Planner and Ken Kamlet (center), Newman Development Group, LLC.)  The structure in the rear is the "Pagoda" /Pump House.  The northern part of this site is being redeveloped under the Brownfield Cleanup Program as a Gannett Corporation state-of-the-art regional printing press facility, which will publish the Gannett newspapers in Binghamton, Ithaca, and Elmira.


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NYS DEC Program new DEC guidance documents... elements of DEC's administrative NOT to run a Voluntary Cleanup Program...relevant regulatory documents...Freedom of Information Law requests...New York State contacts...comparison to
other states and the federal government



Environmental Remediation Process is Undergoing Sweeping Changes Mandated by New Brownfields Law, by Dale Desnoyers [Director, DEC Division of Environmental Remediation] and Larry Schnapf [Attorney, Schulte Roth & Zable, New York City], New York State Bar Assocation Journal, October 2004, Vol. 76, No. 8, pp. 10-26.

 * Emerging Issue: Vapor Intrusion added 12/14/04 (updated 5/2/05)
* New DEC Guidance - In Response to Issues Raised by a Brownfields Practitioner added 3/25/05
Other New York State
Brownfield Resources
census symbol New York Sites and Demographics information on NYS sites...NYS demographics...distribution of sites in New York State
books Brownfield Literature and Information summaries of and links to relevant brownfields literature...relevant brownfields links...information on brownfields funding sources
Sites that Link to This Site
presentation Brownfield Presentations  New
recent presentations on brownfields topics
* Mar. 2, 2005 Power Point presentation in Yonkers, NY
   -- "Of Shoes, Newspapers and Revitalization: A
   Brownfield Success Story in the Southern Tier
* Oct. 28, 2004 Power Point presentation to Broome
   Leadership Institute, "Brownfields and Greater
   Binghamton Revitalization."
camera Brownfield Photos [Updated] &
Lowes store Shopping Center Projects  photos of Greater Binghamton, NY brownfields...brownfields throughout the of Greater Binghamton, NY shopping centers built on brownfield sites

NOTICE: This website and the original information it contains  are the property of the Site Administrator, Kenneth S. Kamlet (Copyright (c) 2002 by Kenneth S. Kamlet, all rights reserved)--except where other sources are cited and/or links are provided to other sources.  The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the Site Administrator (except as otherwise attributed). 

  The information and opinions contained on this website should not be construed as legal advice (which can only be provided on a case-by-case basis with full knowledge of individualized facts and circumstances). 

  Nor should this website be viewed as an effort to influence or lobby elected or appointed public officials.
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