Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, announced the State Legislature has approved a short-term extension of the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The sunset date of the Brownfield Cleanup Program was pushed back to March 31, 2017, from its current sunset date of December 31, 2015. This extension bill, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, also appropriates $100 million to the state's hazardous waste cleanup account.
"It is absolutely critical that New York State extend the Brownfield Cleanup Program, which has been an engine driving job growth in Western New York. We hope to secure a long-term extension that includes reforms to improve the program and ensure resources are directed to Buffalo and other upstate communities that are home to vacant and contaminated industrial lands, and we anticipate that the momentum built over the last several weeks will help drive us forward to achieve that vision," Kennedy said. "However, in the meantime, this short-term extension has proven necessary to prevent ongoing and soon-to-be-started projects from being derailed.
"This important and effective state program has successfully created jobs, cleaned up polluted lands and spurred investment in distressed neighborhoods. Preserving and improving it with a long-term extension should remain a top priority," Kennedy added.
Senator Timothy M. Kennedy represents the New York State Senate’s 63rd District, which is comprised of the town of Cheektowaga, the city of Lackawanna and nearly all of the city of Buffalo. More information is available at http://kennedy.nysenate.gov.