Joe Robach and the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that will provide an asbestos removal tax credit to encourage the cleanup of old, unsafe properties, and spur investment throughout the State. This legislation offers a tax credit to help defray the costs of clean up and remediation so New York can encourage economic development in our cities and all across this state, and ensure that the cost of asbestos removal is no longer a hurdle to economic development.
The costs necessary to safely and legally remediate asbestos from these structures – – either for adaptive reuse or demolition and rebuild – – are extremely high and only perpetuate blight, abandonment and disinvestment. Under terms of the Senate legislation which was supported by Joe Robach of Rochester, the credit will cover 20% of costs incurred as a result of asbestos removal, up to $1 million.
Some larger and potentially transformational projects have asbestos remediation costs that are approaching $4-5 million. Although some projects are smaller, many represent opportunities for significant economic redevelopment and would allow greater reinvestment, especially in our cities. A $1 million cap on claimable credits for asbestos remediation will guide private capital investment into existing infrastructure and assets, and begin to address this real public safety concern and impediment to smart growth redevelopment.
For more information on this or any other Senate bill, please contact the office of Joe Robach.