Resolution No. 607

Authorizing The Department Of Planning To Submit An Application To The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Brownfields Program – Department Of Planning

Resolution Information




Referred to:  The Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture Committee (Chairman Cahill and Legislators Corcoran, Criswell, Hewitt, Litts, Maloney and Sperry), and The Energy, Environment and Sustainability Committee (Chairwoman Greene and Legislators Hansut, Levine, Maloney, and Stewart)


Chairwoman of the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Committee, Manna Jo Greene, and Deputy Chair Gina Hansut offer the following:


WHEREAS, this resolution has been submitted at the request of the County Executive on behalf of the Department of Planning; and


WHEREAS, the EPA Brownfields Program was created to collaborate with local municipalities to assess, clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfield sites across the country; and


WHEREAS, Ulster County committed ARPA funds to conduct environmental studies and testing on foreclosure eligible properties for which Ulster County has deferred initiating proceedings due to documented concerns demonstrating a protection for environmental conditions that would expose the County to potential liability for cleanup while at the same time precluding their potential for redevelopment; and


WHEREAS, some of the Phase 1 draft studies indicate that certain properties have significant hazardous waste or petroleum contamination and may potentially be referred to the USEPA and/or the NYSDEC for participation in one of the cleanup programs; and


WHEREAS, multiple grants for brownfields assessment and cleanup funding from the USEPA are now open and do not require a cost share or match from the grantee meaning 100% of the project cost would be reimbursed by the grant program; and


WHEREAS, the Planning Department has determined one or more of these grants will help the County advance the further environmental study and testing on the sites and/or cleanup of sites; and


WHEREAS, the County desires to submit an application to utilize funding from this program to support the further assessment and cleanup of select properties; now, therefore, be it




RESOLVED, that the Director of the Ulster County Planning Department is hereby authorized to submit online applications through for the USEPA Brownfields Program for funding up to grant’s maximum award amount; and, be it further


RESOLVED, that a copy of all grant applications submitted shall be provided to the Clerk of the Legislature,


and move its adoption.





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Passed by Committee: Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture on ___________.


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Updated: December 1, 2023