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Cuomo Vetoes Brownfield Program Extension

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  New York's governor has rejected legislation to extend current tax credits for brownfield cleanups for two more years:  Andrew Cuomo has plans to again propose revisions.
In his veto message,  Cuomo says the bill would have also appropriated another $100 million for the state Superfund cleanup program this year and authorized another $300 million in borrowing over the next two years.
He says the measure would have had "an unplanned, direct impact" on the current state financial plan.
The governor says his commitment to the Superfund program is "unwavering" and he'll put that funding and a brownfield extension with reforms in his upcoming budget plan.
Environmental groups have criticized the brownfield program for developers who clean and build on contaminated sites, saying it should target communities in need.
(c) 2014 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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