Recently, Secretary Perales addressed the New Partners for Community Revitalizations 6th Brownfield Forum and congratulated them for ten years of effective advocacy for sustainable community improvement.
Brownfield redevelopment was identified as the primary area for future economic growth by all of the Governors’ Economic Regional Councils. Secretary Perales indicated that New Partners’ efforts through the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program are already advancing many of the regional council’s priority projects. From the Wyandanch’s transit oriented development project on Long Island to the Lyon’s Falls Mill redevelopment in the North Country; from the business and housing redevelopment in New York City’s opportunity zones to the Mohawk Valley’s downtown redevelopment projects in Amsterdam, Rome and Johnstown; and reclamation projects in Western New York. “Together, through our focus on regional Brownfield redevelopment, we are providing a new roadmap for revitalization that capitalizes on our communities,” said Secretary Perales.
Additionally, the Secretary highlighted the fact that many Brownfields in our state are in some of our poorest communities. “Governor Cuomo and I recognize the importance of Brownfield redevelopment as an economic and environmental justice issue.”