New York State Brownfield Coalition Holds Inaugural Event and Seminar in Albany

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The newly formed New York State Brownfield Coalition held its first event on Wednesday, February 10 in Albany. The day-long seminar, entitled "Benefitting from Brownfields in New York State – a 2010 Update," covered topics about New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), including application, financing options, and expected future developments of the BCP in New York. Brownfields are former industrial sites available for re-use, but complicated by the existence of contaminants.

Benefitting from Brownfields in New York State – a 2010 Update

The newly formed New York State Brownfield Coalition held its first event on Wednesday, February 10 in Albany. The day-long seminar, entitled "Benefitting from Brownfields in New York State – a 2010 Update," covered topics about New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), including application, financing options, and expected future developments of the BCP in New York. Brownfields are former industrial sites available for re-use, but complicated by the existence of contaminants.

The New York State Brownfield Coalition
The New York State Brownfield Coalition (NYSBC) was formed as an unincorporated entity in January 2010. NYSBC is a member driven organization focused on promoting the cleanup and re-use of contaminated properties across New York State.

In support of that overarching goal, the NYSBC will work to: promote the clean-up and re-use of contaminated properties across New York State; encourage a working partnership between the State, local governments and private enterprise that facilitates reuse and redevelopment of environmentally impaired properties; educate citizens, institutions and practitioners about methods to enhance the redevelopment process subject to a structured set of rules; and focus the resources and energies of the NYSBC on the primary mission and goals of the organization in a way that makes membership affordable and valuable. To learn more, visit New York State Brownfield Coalition on Google Groups.

Benefitting from Brownfields in New York State – a 2010 Update
The seminar was coordinated by the NYSBC Organizing Committee and was sponsored by Green & Seifter Attorneys, PLLC and S&W Redevelopment of North America, LLC. Speakers included experts in the Brownfield Remediation Process from throughout New York State from both the private and public sector. Representatives from the Division of Environmental Remediation (DER) at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) included: Dale Desnoyers, Director, who spoke on the status of the BCP program and its future outlook; Jim Harrington, Section Chief, Training and Technical Support Section who discussed soil cleanup guidance; and Bob Schick, P.E., Bureau Director, Remedial Bureau C, who discussed critical changes to the Technical Guidance for Site Investigation and Remediation, or DER-10.

Philip S. Bousquet, Member at Green & Seifter Attorneys, PLLC discussed the use of Brownfield Tax Credits. Bousquet has over twenty years of experience helping clients understand the impact of New York's BCP legislation, assisting developers and investors in structuring and negotiating transactions involving the BCP credits, filing claims for BCP tax credits, and representing developers and investors in connection with New York State Department of Taxation and Finance audits of BCP tax credit claims.

David W. Stoner, President of S&Q Redevelopment of North America, LLC addressed New York State's Soil Cleanup Guidance. Stoner's insight comes from more than 30 years of experience in the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites. He has conducted over 1000 projects related to site evaluation and clean up primarily in the northeast U.S. and across the country.

About Green & Seifter Attorneys, PLLC
Green & Seifter Attorneys, PLLC is a diversified law firm of more than 30 attorneys located in Syracuse. The firm counsels clients on a broad array of business and personal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, business transactions, alternative dispute resolution, economic development, government relations, litigation, commercial bankruptcy, health care law, trusts, estate and succession planning, employee benefits, commercial real estate, employment, energy, environmental and land use law, and tax planning and advocacy. For more information, please visit http://www.gslaw.com.

About S&W Redevelopment of North America, LLC
S&W Redevelopment buys contaminated sites and self-funds and performs every facet of the Brownfield Cleanup Program, assuring a clean, shovel-ready property in the shortest amount of time, while incurring the lowest overall cost. We understand the importance of maintaining a cost-effective strategy in the process, as we are brownfield property owners ourselves. We consult on brownfields on a turnkey basis, presenting site owners with advice backed by experience on the most efficient method to manage your property. Of the sites issued Certificates of Completion under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program, ten (10) were obtained by S&W Redevelopment.

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