History

New Partners for Community Revitalization, Inc. (NPCR) was created in 2002 and emerged out of the multi-year policy debate that surrounded the passage of brownfields legislation in NYS and the recognition that low and moderate income (LMI) areas could be left behind without an organization whose mission it is to develop programs and policies to address the needs specific to LMI communities. The organization was co-founded by Jody Kass who brought experience and contacts in nonprofit real estate development and Mathy Stanislaus who brought experience and contacts in environmental justice, environmental law and engineering. The founders spent several years in research and program development, which included on-the-ground work with community based groups, non-profit and for-profit developers, and nationwide research on innovative programs and approaches. In 2004, NPCR was formally incorporated as an independent NYS not-for-profit organization.


NPCR’s active Board of Directors represents the diverse interests of brownfield stakeholders and New York City communities. NPCR is distinguished from other organizations by its historical position in the brownfield policy debate and also by its unique blend of expertise from different fields (banks, developers, legal, environmental, community based-nonprofits) as applied to the redevelopment of brownfield sites for community-supported re-use. NPCR has a strong environmental justice perspective and has declared its primary constituency to be communities of color and those living in low- and moderate-income NYC neighborhoods.


 


NPCR Helps Advance Brownfields Progress 

May-June, 2015 - State Legislation is introduced to streamline and enhance the BOA Program. S.5143, sponsored by Senator Tony Avella, passes the Senate on June 23rd. Companion legislation, A.7970, is introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and picks up 14 co-sponsors.


April 9, 2015 - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces first 12 Designated BOAs in New York history.


March 31, 2015 - Brownfield program reforms, including raising the tax credit bonus for developers who build consistent with a Designated BOA from 2% to 5% are included in this year's New York State budget. Brownfield tax credits are extended for 10 years, with some changes in New York City, as is the state Superfund. The Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) is guaranteed consistent funding for the first time since its creation in the 1996 Environmental Bond Act.


October 17, 2013 - Gov. Cuomo announcement of $10 million in BOA dollars to 26 communities.


March 20, 2012 - Gov. Cuomo announcement of $3,450,000 in BOA dollars to 15 communities.


April 20, 2011 - 4th Round of BOA awards announced: $6.5 million awarded to 21 communities.


June 2010 - NY’s Pioneering BOA program goes National – there are now 43 communities across the US participating in the USEPA area-wide program.


October 7, 2009 - 3rd round of BOA awards announced: over $11 million to 25 communities.


June 2009 - Confirmation of NPCR Co-Founder Mathy Stanislaus as Assistant Administrator of the US EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER).


May 2009 - Creation of the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation.


2008 - Amendments to the Brownfields Law: 2% tax credit bonus for projects built consistent with a BOA plan.


March 5, 2008 - In one of his last official acts before stepping down as Governor, Eliot Spitzer signs legislative MOU for 2nd round of BOA awards - $7.3m for 50 communities.


March 2005 - First round of BOA awards - $7.6m to 53 communities.


2003 - NYS Brownfields Law passed: Creation of the pioneering BOA program – which ultimately became a national model.


2002 - The magnitude of the Problem: Northeast Midwest Institute estimates 450,000 – 1 million brownfield sites across the country –culminating in the 2002 federal Brownfields Law.


2001 - NPCR Created


1998 - Laying the Roots for the creation of NPCR—Conceptualization of the BOA Program at the Pocantico Roundtable for Consensus on Brownfields.

Brownfield Opportunity Areas Benchmarks: 


1998               

Laying the Roots for the creation of NPCR—Conceptualization of the BOA Program at the Pocantico Roundtable for Consensus on Brownfields.

 

2001

NPCR Created


2002    

The magnitude of the Problem: Northeast Midwest Institute estimates 450,000 – 1 million brownfield sites across the country –culminating in the 2002 federal Brownfields Law.


2003               

NYS Brownfields Law passed: Creation of the pioneering BOA program – which ultimately became a national model.

 

March 2005   

First round of BOA awards - $7.6m to 53 communities.


March 5, 2008

In one of his last official acts before stepping down as Governor, Eliot Spitzer signs legislative MOU for 2nd round of BOA awards - $7.3m for 50 communities.


2008               

Amendments to the Brownfields Law : 2% tax credit bonus for projects built consistent with a BOA plan.


May 2009        

Creation of the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation.


June 2009      

Confirmation of  NPCR Co-Founder Mathy Stanislaus as Assistant Administrator of the US EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER).


October 7, 2009      

3rd round of BOA awards announced: over $11 million to 25 communities.


June 2010      

NY’s Pioneering BOA program goes National – there are now 43 communities across the US participating in the USEPA area-wide program.


April 20, 2011   

4th Round of BOA awards announced: $6.5 million awarded to 21 communities.


March 20, 2012

Gov. Cuomo announcement of $3,450,000 in BOA dollars to 15 communities.


October 17, 2013

Gov. Cuomo announcement of $10 million in BOA dollars to 26 communities.


April 9, 2015   

Department of State officials choose NPCR's annual Brownfield Forum in Brooklyn, NY to announce the first 12 BOA designations.


September 30, 2015

Three more BOAs designations are announced at the Governor's "Capital for a Day" event in Syracuse NY.


December 3, 2015

In his Keynote Address at NPCR's annual Brownfield Opportunity Areas Summit, Secretary of State Cesare Perales used the occasion to announce eleven new BOA designations, bringing the total number of desigated BOAs to 26.