Special meeting to be held

GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Vincent DeSantis and city consultants will make themselves available for an interactive, live public Facebook session at 6 p.m. Thursday regarding the city’s Brownfields assessment.

DeSantis said Monday that the session pertains to a $300,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant the city previously received through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and future projects in the city.

“We’ve been administering this grant for well over a year,” DeSantis said.

He said the assessment is looking at old industrial sites and where future remediation may occur. Once those determinations are made, DeSantis said more decisions can be made this summer about further access to grant funding.

Thursday’s meeting will be available for strictly viewing on the city’s official Facebook page — “City of Gloversville, New York — City Hall.”

Also, those wishing a Zoom link and to communicate and interactively ask questions should contact City Clerk Jennifer Mazur by email at [email protected] to request the direct meeting link.

The city in 2018 and 2019 was awarded a $78,000 Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) grant through the state Department of State; a $225,000 Brownfield Opportunity Area Nomination Study grant through the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Restoration Program; and the $300,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant through the EPA.

Each grant was issued for the completion of studies, assessments and development of plans related to certain land uses. The BOA Nomination Study and EPA Brownfield Assessment grants each relate to the assessment of former industrial sites and planning for the cleanup and redevelopment. The LWRP is focused on land use plans for properties surrounding the Cayadutta Creek, which was designated an inland waterway by the state.

DeSantis said in his “State of the City” address earlier this year that such funding represents “powerful monetary incentives for new development not only for cleanup of the old industrial sites and demolition, but for the redevelopment of new projects.”

The mayor said that for many years, the abandoned tanneries and their pollutants in Gloversville – many of which have bordered along the Cayadutta Creek – has ‘kept us back.”

“We’re hoping to really transform the city,” DeSantis said.

By Patricia Older