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For Immediate Release
April 20th, 2011
Contact: Lisa MacSpadden
Deputy Secretary of State for Communications & Community Affairs
info@dos.ny.gov, 518-486-9846

DEPARTMENT OF STATE ANNOUNCES $6.5 MILLION IN BROWNFIELD OPPORTUNITY AREAS PROGRAM GRANTS


ALBANY - Acting Secretary of State Ruth Noemi Colón today announced $6.5 million in Brownfield Opportunity
Areas (BOA) Program grants for 21 projects located across the state. The grants will help revitalize communities,
create jobs, support environmental remediation and expand the tax base in distressed neighborhoods that have been
adversely affected by multiple brownfield sites.

"This initiative provides neighborhoods with the much needed support to create effective strategies for sustained
redevelopment," said Acting Secretary of State Ruth Noemi Colón. "Communities participating in the program are
establishing the groundwork for sound investments that will be the catalysts for cleaning up, improving, and
energizing New York's local economies. Brownfield redevelopment will help reuse former industrial and
commercial sites in ways that will revitalize our communities while providing for a cleaner, healthier environment."

Brownfields are dormant properties where contamination has impeded redevelopment, making them an economic
and environmental drain on localities. To date, more than 100 BOA revitalization strategies supported by more than
$32 million in state funding are underway across the state. The Department of State administers the BOA Program
in partnership with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

"Too much of New York's urban and rural landscape is blighted with brownfields, especially in environmental
justice communities, which degrade the environment and create health risks as well as contributing to
unemployment, lost revenue, and urban sprawl," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "The Brownfield
Opportunity Areas Program provides a valuable tool for communities to develop area-wide plans for the cleanup
and redevelopment of brownfield sites. The grants announced today will enable local governments and not-for-profit
organizations to create a blueprint for neighborhood revitalization."

The BOA Program provides a neighborhood approach rather than the traditional site by site approach to assess and
redevelop brownfields. This enables communities to comprehensively measure existing economic and
environmental conditions associated with brownfield blight and impacted areas. It also aids communities in
identifying and prioritizing community supported redevelopment opportunities and attracting public and private
investment to implement projects. Communities are now using the BOA approach to attract new uses and
businesses including housing and retail, commercial, manufacturing, business incubators and public amenities such
as parks or recreation facilities.

The brownfield initiative provides a flexible framework for communities to catalyze the redevelopment of strategic
sites and affected areas through a locally-driven process. The grants support a variety of revitalization activities
including opportunities for public participation; existing conditions analysis; strategic site identification; economic
and market studies to assist in determining the best use of brownfields and vacant sites; investigations to assess site
contamination and environmental conditions; site-specific redevelopment plans; environmental impact assessments
and statements; marketing to attract developer interest; local law changes; development design guidelines; and other
actions to spur investment in, clean-up of, and redevelopment of brownfield sites.

"The Brownfield Opportunity Area Program has been widely successful in helping communities revitalize their
brownfields by bringing business as well as jobs to the host communities," said Senator Mark Grisanti, chair of the
Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation. "The BOA program is a leading example of how government
and business can work together in creating a green partnership that can help to revitalize communities throughout
New York. I am pleased that the City of Niagara Falls will be receiving BOA money to help reclaim brownfield
areas along the Buffalo Avenue Industrial Corridor."

"I am delighted that the BOA program will give communities additional tools to develop plans to help clean up
contaminated sites," said Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental
Conservation. "The ultimate goal of the BOA Program is to turn contaminated properties that have become
financial burdens on communities into assets. After cleanup, these sites can become engines for economic vitality,
community pride, supporting new investment, redevelopment, and job creation."

The 21 projects receiving funds are dispersed throughout the state including eight in Western New York and the
Southern tier, seven in Northern and Central New York, and six in Downstate. BOA activities are authorized in
three program steps:

• Step 1- The Pre-Nomination Study enables communities to complete a preliminary analysis of issues and
opportunities so communities can gain a basic assessment and understanding about existing conditions,
brownfields and the area's potential for revitalization.

• Step 2 -The Nomination enables communities to conduct an in-depth assessment and evaluation of
existing conditions and assets in the study area including an economic and market trends analysis to
determine the best opportunities and reuse potential for strategic sites and to identify steps for revitalization.

• Step 3 - The Implementation Strategy funds a range of techniques and actions to achieve revitalization
objectives by advancing redevelopment on strategic sites, improving supporting infrastructure, and overall
neighborhood revitalization.

Key benefits of participating in the BOA Program include:

Redevelopment and investment - establishes a clear strategy to redevelop strategic sites back to productive use to spur community revitalization.

Empowerment – provides resources to community leaders to be proactive and serve as catalysts for positive change.

Predictability - removes uncertainty and increases predictability regarding site conditions, ownership, contamination,
future uses, supporting infrastructure, and development cost.

Advocacy - the Department of State provides advocacy and support to participating communities by connecting the community's revitalization needs with resources from various programs and sources.

Priority and preference- designated Brownfield Opportunity Areas receive priority and preference from the state's
Environmental Protection Fund and Environmental Restoration Programs. Designated areas also may receive
priority and preference from other local, state, and federal programs.*

Tax credits - development projects that are proposed consistent with the BOA plan may receive a two percent tax
credit bonus if the site has been accepted in the Brownfield Clean-up Program.*

*These benefits are in effect when the Brownfield Opportunity Area is designated by the Secretary of State upon
receipt of a Nomination and Implementation Strategy.

"Today's announcement about BOA awards affirms the Cuomo administration's commitment to work with
municipalities and neighborhoods to reverse the cycle of disinvestment and decay that has disproportionately
impacted many low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color," said Jody Kass, executive
director of New Partners for Community Revitalization. "These are smart investments that will help revitalize
neighborhoods plagued by multiple brownfields and will create thousands of jobs.

"We applaud Governor Cuomo for his support of the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program, a key
component to the revitalization of so many low-income communities of color throughout the state," said Eddie
Bautista, executive director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance. "For neighborhoods riddled with multiple
brownfields and legacies of disinvestment, BOA offers an unmatched opportunity for community leaders to
articulate a vision for local revitalization that can galvanize both the public and private sectors. Governor Cuomo's
commitment ensures New York State will continue to lead the way in smart policies that lift entire communities."

The BOA grant recipients are:

Western New York and Southern Tier

City of Batavia, Batavia Central CorridorStep 2 $266,508
The City of Batavia will complete a Nomination for an approximately 250-acre area characterized with an estimated
59 potential brownfield sites located within the Batavia Central Corridor. The primary community revitalization
objectives include: cleaning-up and redeveloping underutilized, vacant and brownfield properties with appropriate
uses; stabilizing existing neighborhoods; and continuing the revitalization of the downtown business district.

City of Binghamton, First Ward NeighborhoodStep 2 $347,000
The City of Binghamton will complete a Nomination for an approximately 474-acre study area with approximately
136 brownfields and vacant sites located in the First Ward neighborhood. The primary community revitalization
objective is to improve the First Ward by planning for and fostering the redevelopment of strategic neighborhoodbased
projects that will induce investments to rehabilitate existing buildings, remediate contaminated sites, and
create business and employment opportunities.

"This program plays an important role for Upstate cities seeking to revitalize their local economies in sustainable
ways, and that's certainly true for Binghamton," said Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan. "As we transition from
a manufacturing hub to a more diversified regional economy, we must center development within Binghamton and
our other urban cores instead of sprawling farther afield, and that means cleaning up polluted industrial sites that
otherwise will sit underutilized, drag on the local tax base and deter investment. This approach not only improves
our urban quality of life and saves money on municipal infrastructure, but also protects our agricultural sectors and
our natural environment, which are also critical to our economic vitality. We look forward to carrying forward these
efforts in Binghamton First Ward, as well as our two other BOA sites, on the North Side and East Side."

City of Elmira, Southside Rising - Step 2 $239,886
The City of Elmira will complete a Nomination for an approximately 386-acre area characterized by 51 potential
brownfield and vacant properties located in the south-east portion of the City. The primary community
revitalization objectives include: investigating the presence of potential contaminants on strategic sites; undertaking
an in-depth analysis of existing land use, supporting infrastructure and zoning; formulating market-based strategies
to revitalize residential areas; and completing redevelopment strategies for strategic brownfield and vacant parcels to
generate employment and revenues.

"This Brownfield Opportunity Areas grant will help transform an area of Elmira's south side from a largely
overlooked hodgepodge of commercial, industrial and residential tracts into a center for new business
development," said Elmira Mayor John Tonello. "Our aim in seeking this money was to develop a long-term plan
for reshaping these brownfield neighborhoods, and we couldn't be happier that the Southside Rising Project was
chosen to be part of this powerful statewide initiative to spur economic investment and job growth."

City of Geneva, North EndStep 1 $67,500
The City of Geneva will complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an approximately 280- acre area characterized with at
least six potential brownfield sites that are located in the City's economically distressed North End. The primary
revitalization objectives include: cleaning-up and redeveloping brownfields and other vacant sites with commercial
and industrial businesses that are appropriate for and will benefit the North End community; and evaluating existing
structures to determine which can be rehabilitated and reused.

City of Niagara Falls, Buffalo Avenue Industrial CorridorStep 2 $403,632
The City of Niagara Falls will complete a Nomination for the Buffalo Avenue Industrial Corridor, an area of
approximately 1,800 acres characterized by 47 potential brownfield sites located in the City's southeast corner.
The area borders the northern bank of the Niagara River and includes economically challenged communities
suffering from close proximity to heavy industry and associated contamination. Primary revitalization objectives
include: fostering redevelopment of strategic sites for commercial and residential use; and improving access to the
Niagara River waterfront for residents and visitors.

Town of Clay, Three Rivers Point - Step 2 $278,712
The Town of Clay will complete a Nomination for an approximately 79-acre area characterized with four potential
brownfield sites that are located on Maider Road at Three Rivers Point. The primary community revitalization
objective is to redevelop the formerly active but now idle industrial properties at Three Rivers Point for appropriate
recreational, commercial and residential uses.

Village of Holley, Erie CanalStep 1, $67,500
The Village of Holley will complete a Pre-Nomination for an approximately 749-acre area characterized with at least
15 potential brownfield sites that are located within the Village and near the Erie Canal.

Village of Macedon, Main Street and Erie CanalStep 2 $182,160
The Village of Macedon will complete a Nomination for an approximately 206-acre area characterized with 42
potential brownfield and vacant sites. These sites are located within the Village core and include lands around the
Erie Canal, Ganargua Creek, and the Main Street business district. The primary community revitalization objectives
include: increasing the tax base by redeveloping brownfield and vacant sites for mixed use development and
business expansion; and revitalizing the Village's business district for commerce and to increase tourism.


Northern and Central New York.

City of Amsterdam, Downtown Via PonteStep 2 $87,982
The City of Amsterdam will complete a Nomination for an approximately 381 acre area characterized with 28
brownfields and vacant sites that are located in the City's downtown. The primary community revitalization
objectives to be achieved include: strengthening the downtown's commercial core and tax base with new residential,
commercial, and office uses; identifying rail transportation options; establishing a definitive pedestrian and vehicular
connection between the southside neighborhoods and the waterfront and downtown.

City of Cohoes, Interstate I-787 Corridor Step 2 $150,015
The City of Cohoes will complete a Nomination for an approximately 413-acre area characterized with several
potential brownfields sites that are located in the Interstate 787 corridor and adjacent communities. The primary
community revitalization objectives include: improving and building on the City's unique urban character as a place
to reside, work and recreate; establishing conditions to attract appropriate commercial development in easily
accessible areas adjacent to the City's historic downtown, business district and major transportation corridors; and
improving recreational use opportunities associated with the Mohawk and Hudson River waterfronts.

"The City of Cohoes is pleased to be awarded the Brownfield Opportunity Areas grant for Cohoes Boulevard," said
Mayor John McDonald. "It is through this program that the city is continuing to involve the public on how 'we' as a
community think best to transform properties that have been underutilized for generations into tomorrow's best
opportunities for the community. This study will assist in community-wide acceptance of the future transformation
of these properties into the highest and best use for our community and our region."

City of Rome, Downtown RomeStep 3 $500,400
The City of Rome will complete an Implementation Strategy for the Downtown Rome Brownfield Opportunity
Area which consists of a 513 acre area characterized by 364 potential brownfield and vacant sites. These sites are
located within the City center, near the Erie Canal and Mohawk Rive, and the East Rome industrial park. The
primary revitalization objective is to clean-up and redevelop strategic brownfield and vacant sites for a variety of
residential, commercial, office and recreational uses. The Implementation Strategy will include: land use
implementation techniques including: revised zoning and urban design guidelines; marketing of strategic sites to
attract developer interest; developing a local management structure to ensure plan implementation; and compliance
with the New York State Environmental Quality Review requirements.

"The City of Rome has been pro-active, tackling brownfield issues head-on; and not waiting around for someone
else to fix our problems," said Mayor James Brown of Rome. "Our primary goal is to assist existing businesses and
homeowners in the area, while continuing to attract new investment along the waterfront. We have an excellent
record in these areas precisely because we have worked with the Department of State, the Department of
Environmental Conservation, and all of our elected representatives to develop strong partnerships, aggressively
pursue funding, and to consistently execute," he added. "This announcement is good for our neighborhoods, good
for the environment, and good for everyone's bottom line."

Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, Genesee Finger Lakes - Step 1 $202,292
The Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council will complete a Pre-Nomination Study that identifies and
provides an assessment of areas throughout the nine county Genesee Finger Lakes Region that are affected by
concentrations of brownfields and economic distress. The Pre-Nomination Study will be conducted in partnership
with municipalities within the region and will assess and profile existing conditions, identify opportunities for
brownfield reuse and economic development, and establish priorities for revitalization.

David Zorn, Executive Director of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council said, "We appreciate the
opportunity for the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region to participate in the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program.
Funding will be critical to identify opportunities for significant or catalytic economic development throughout the
region including waterfronts, downtowns, brownfields, and areas affected by environmental and economic distress,
as well as those that are in need of additional planning assistance."

Village of Frankfort, Main Street and Mohawk RiverStep 1 $56,700
The Village and Town of Frankfort will complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an approximately 470-acre area
located along Main Street and the Mohawk River characterized by several brownfield and vacant sites. The primary
objective to be achieved is to establish a common vision to return dormant sites back to productive use with
businesses and recreational uses that best serve the two municipalities.

Village of Hudson Falls, Downtown and WaterfrontStep 2 $54,000
The Village of Hudson Falls will complete a Nomination for an approximately 286-acre area characterized with 20
potential brownfield and vacant sites that are located in the Village's commercial and residential areas and along
historical transportation routes including Route 5 and the historic Feeder Canal. The primary community
revitalization objectives to be achieved include: redeveloping brownfields to establish new businesses and housing
opportunities; improving the downtown's appearance, including the attractiveness of main transportations routes
into the Village; spurring commercial and residential growth; and creating increased recreational opportunities.

Village of Tupper Lake, Tupper Lake DowntownStep 2 $63,000
The Village of Tupper Lake will complete a Nomination for an approximately 290-acre area characterized by seven
potential brownfield sites within the Village's downtown and waterfront commercial area. The primary objectives
include: enhancing the community's appeal for year round tourism; attracting and retaining private sector industries;
and providing job opportunities for the community's youth.

Mayor Mickey Desmarais of Tupper Lake stated, "The Brownfield Opportunity Areas grant award will be an
essential component in achieving the community's revitalization goals for the Demars Boulevard/Route 3 Corridor,
which due to its proximity to the Raquette River waterfront and its location on a Scenic Byway, is a key
redevelopment target area. The Village of Tupper Lake looks forward to working in partnership with the
Department of State to develop a strategic implementation plan to use the community's waterfront resources and
brownfield site opportunities to leverage private reinvestment along this key commercial corridor."

Downstate

City of Mount Vernon, Canal Village - Step 2, $435,160
The City of Mount Vernon will complete a Nomination for an approximately 231-acre area characterized with 20
potential brownfield sites that are located in the City's south-eastern section in the Canal Village area. The primary
community revitalization objectives include: identifying key redevelopment opportunities; revitalizing the entire
Canal Village area by cleaning-up and redeveloping sites for appropriate commercial businesses and enterprises;
upgrading the area's existing infrastructure; and increasing the City's tax base and employment.

"We are pleased that Governor Cuomo and the Department of State recognize that Mount Vernon and its largest
industrial area are primed for environmentally responsible growth and greater economic development," said Mayor
Clinton I. Young, Jr., City of Mount Vernon. "The funding provided through the Brownfield Opportunity Areas
Program Grant will assist the city in understanding how to enhance the co-existence of area businesses and natural
resources as we improve the area's infrastructure and identify future land uses to foster sustainable development
that will mutually benefit property and business owners, the City and its residents."

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, East New YorkStep 2 $412,743
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation will complete a Nomination for an approximately 275-acre area that
includes 30 potential brownfield sites located in East New York's northern section in Brooklyn Community Board
5. The primary community revitalization objectives include: stabilizing and expanding affordable housing; creating
viable economic opportunities including green manufacturing and job training; improving transportation routes; and
improving access to open space.

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Jamaica QueensStep 3 $1,241,312
The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation will complete an Implementation Strategy for an approximately 40-
acre area characterized with 70 potential brownfield sites that are located in Jamaica Queens near the rail station.
Primary objectives include fostering mixed-use, sustainable transit-oriented development near the AirTrain that
provides a rail connection for downtown Jamaica and JFK airport. The Implementation Strategy will focus on land
use implementation techniques such as urban design guidelines; creation of targeted and effective development
incentives to attract desired land uses; redevelopment feasibility studies and site plan alternatives for specific
strategic sites; site marketing to attract developer interest; developing a local management structure to ensure
implementation of the BOA; and compliance with New York State Environmental Quality Review requirements.

Carlisle Towery, president of Greater Jamaica Development Corporation said, "New York's Brownfield
Opportunity Areas program supports a compelling initiative in Jamaica to advance transit oriented development
around JFK's Air Train and the LIRR's Jamaica Station, where, together with major public investments, private
investments in significant sustainable mixed-use development will strengthen downtown Jamaica's growth and
development into a regional center and enhance economic opportunity and quality of life for Southeast Queens."

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Port Morris and Harlem River Step 3 $433,800
The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation will complete an Implementation Strategy for an
approximate 200-acre area characterized with 10 brownfield and underutilized that are located in Port Morris near
the Harlem River. The primary community revitalization objectives include: redeveloping underutilized, former
industrial properties for commercial and residential use; removing environmentally hazardous substances; and
increasing waterfront access opportunities to the Harlem River. The Implementation Strategy will include: land use
implementation techniques including urban design guidelines; creation of targeted and effective development
incentives to attract desired land uses; redevelopment feasibility studies and site plan alternatives for specific
strategic sites; site marketing to attract developer interest; developing a local management structure to ensure
implementation of the Port Morris and Harlem River BOA; and compliance with the New York State
Environmental Quality Review requirements.

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Port Morris and East River - Step 2, $374,000
The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation will complete a Nomination for a 145-acre area
with approximately 20 potential brownfield sites that are located in Port Morris near the East River. The primary
community revitalization objectives include: planning for the redevelopment and reuse of former gas stations and
industrial properties for commercial and residential use; and removing environmentally hazardous substances.

Phillip Morrow, president of the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation said, "SoBRO strongly
believes that the work supported by the State on BOA strategic sites will create a needed pathway for new
investment from both the public and private sectors. The BOA program has been an instrumental tool in engaging
property owners and the local community in a meaningful planning process that facilitates revitalization of
underutilized lots in the historically underserved neighborhoods of the Bronx. Leveraging this program allows us to
bring critical and sustainable economic development practices to address sites that are among the most challenging
yet have tremendous potential for positive impact into our communities. We commend New York State for
prioritizing this important program, and pledge to continue our efforts to bring Brownfield sites back to productive
uses for the Bronx."

Town of Riverhead, Downtown Riverhead Step 2 $567,000
The Town of Riverhead will complete a Nomination for an approximately 452-acre area characterized with 18
potential brownfield or vacant sites that are located in downtown Riverhead and along the Peconic River. Primary
community revitalization objectives include: revitalizing downtown by attracting development that emphases and
accommodates agricultural and ecosystem related tourism; enhancing Main Street as well as the Arts and Historic
Districts; making downtown more walkable; providing unique cultural attractions; and improving waterfront access
and range of recreational opportunities.

Town of Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said, "This generous BOA grant is fantastic timely news as Downtown
Riverhead is seeing a wave of new development through both public and private investment. BOA funding for
planning and economic assistance will target reuse and development opportunities to attract investment and support
coordinated, triple bottom line redevelopment that enhances economic, environmental and social strengths by
emphasizing our unique cultural attractions such as a new Hyatt Place Hotel at Atlantis Aquarium, the Suffolk
County Culinary Arts School, the East End Arts Council, and improved access to the Peconic River and Great
Peconic Bay including a nationally recognized migratory fish passage in Grangebel Park."