2020 New York Laws
ENV - Environmental Conservation
Article 54 - Environmental Protection Act
Title 15 - Climate Smart Community Projects
54-1511 - State Assistance Payments for Climate Smart Community Projects.
§ 54-1511. State assistance payments for climate smart community
1. Unless otherwise specified by law, the commissioner is authorized to provide on a competitive basis, within amounts appropriated, state assistance payments to a municipality toward the cost of any climate smart community project approved by the commissioner provided that the commissioner determines that future physical climate risk due to sea level rise, and/or storm surges and/or flooding, based on available data predicting the likelihood of future extreme weather events, including hazard risk analysis data if applicable, has been considered, except that such determination shall not apply to rebates for eligible purchases pursuant to section 54-1521 of this title.
2. The commissioner and a municipality may enter into a contract for the undertaking of a climate smart community project. Such project shall be recommended to the commissioner by the governing body of the municipality, and when approved by the commissioner, undertaken by the municipality pursuant to this article and any other applicable provisions of law.
3. State assistance payments shall not exceed fifty percent of the project cost or two million dollars, whichever is less. Such costs are subject to final computation and determination by the commissioner upon completion of the project, and shall not exceed the maximum eligible cost set forth in the contract.
4. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations which shall include criteria for determining eligible expenditures and procedures for governing the commitment and disbursement of funds appropriated in accordance with this title. The commissioner shall also promulgate rules and regulations which shall include application procedures, review processes, and project approval guidelines and criteria.