New York State has a strong record of adopting highly effective
environmental cleanup programs. Therefore, one may be
surprised to learn that New York currently has one of the least
effective brownfield cleanup programs in the nation. New
Yorkers are paying a steep price for this. Despite anticipated
expenditures of well over $1 billion, only forty-four contaminated
sites have been cleaned up. Meanwhile, over 10,000 brownfields lie vacant or abandoned throughout the state.