$750,000 Available to New York Municipalities Under Zero-emission Vehicle Rebate Program

$750,000 Available to New York Municipalities Under Zero-emission Vehicle Rebate Program


Applications Now Open

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced the next round of DEC’s Municipal Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) Rebate Program, which will provide $750,000 to municipalities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission light- and medium-duty fleet vehicles. These municipal zero-emission vehicles will help New York achieve the greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements as part of the State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act).

A total of $750,000 is available from DEC for municipalities to apply for funding on a first-come, first-served basis starting April 25, 2024, DEC is accepting applications on a rolling basis through Sept. 27, 2024, or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. Rebates are available to municipalities across the State that purchase – or lease for a minimum of 36 months—an eligible vehicle placed into municipal service at a dealership in New York State between Sept. 30, 2022, and Sept. 27, 2024. All electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are eligible for rebates.

More details can be found in the Request for Applications (RFA) posted on the DEC website. Applications are available through the NYS Statewide Financial System Grants Management System.

Enacted 2024-25 New York State Budget Highlights
Under Governor Hochul’s leadership as part of the 2024-25 Enacted State Budget, $12.5 million was included for the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program as part of the $400 million Environmental Protection Fund, in addition to $2 million for the regional Climate Smart Communities Coordinators.

As part of the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, this year’s budget authorizes DEC to provide up to 80 percent of the cost of projects to municipalities that meet the criteria for financial hardship and for projects located in disadvantaged communities. State funding will continue to be complemented with support from the $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act, including $5 million for Climate Smart Communities grants.

For more information on the Enacted 2024-25 State Budget, including accelerating the clean energy transition, read the full press release.

NYCOM's 2024 Annual Meeting Recap

NYCOM's 2024 Annual Meeting Recap


Thank you for joining us for NYCOM's 2024 Annual Meeting and Training School held at The Sagammore. We look forward to seeing you May 28-30 in 2025!

EFC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR $325 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR CRITICAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

EFC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR $325 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR CRITICAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

APPLICATIONS DUE BY JUNE 14

Next Grant Round Delivers on Governor Hochul’s Clean Water Funding Commitment and Launches Initiatives Announced at 2024 State of the State Address.

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President & CEO Maureen A. Coleman today announced the application period is open for $325 million in State grants for critical water infrastructure projects. The next round of the Water Infrastructure Improvement and Intermunicipal Grant programs delivers on Governor Kathy Hochul’s clean water funding commitments announced in her 2024 State of the State address, which include a series of changes that benefit small, rural, and disadvantaged communities. This infusion of funds will continue to help make water infrastructure investments more affordable for local governments, strengthen resiliency, protect drinking water, and create jobs in the manufacturing, engineering, construction, plant operations, and related industry sectors.

“State water grants are an essential element of Governor Hochul’s comprehensive efforts to modernize aging infrastructure and uphold New Yorkers’ rights to safe drinking water and a clean, healthy environment,” President & CEO Coleman said. “These investments will help communities undertake vital projects that safeguard public health, protect our abundant natural resources, and bolster local economies.”

Complete eligibility information and application materials are available on EFC’s website at www.efc.ny.gov/wiia, where local governments may also register for a March 4 webinar to learn more about this round of funding and how to apply. Please check the website for dates of any additional webinars or other information that may be posted. Grant applications and required supporting documentation must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 14.

This round boasts improvements announced as part of Governor Hochul’s 2024 State of the State address to benefit rural and disadvantaged communities, including:

Additional benefits for rural communities. Even with extensive financial support from the State, some municipalities are left passing a large financial burden to their ratepayers. To alleviate this burden on small, rural, and disadvantaged communities, EFC is increasing awards from 25% to 50% for these communities with large projects that will overburden ratepayers. This change will support smaller communities, which often struggle with accessing clean water grants and delivering affordable projects.

Expanding community resources to ensure equitable access to funding opportunities. Small, rural, and disadvantaged communities are particularly impacted by deteriorating water infrastructure, and often do not possess the resources and capacity necessary to advance a project for infrastructure improvement. Governor Hochul is expanding EFC’s Community Assistance Teams program that launched in 2023 to provide essential support for updating New York’s critical water infrastructure. The teams are ready to engage with any community that needs help with its water infrastructure. Communities can request a meeting, register for upcoming webinars, and learn more at efc.ny.gov/cat.

Protecting drinking water. Continuing New York’s national leadership on addressing the threat of PFAS, Governor Hochul is increasing awards for certain emerging contaminant projects from 60% to 70% of net eligible project costs.

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Planning & Zoning Primer: An Introduction & Refresher to the Fundamentals

Planning & Zoning Primer: An Introduction & Refresher to the Fundamentals

Wednesday, June 5 (4:00-6:00 p.m.)

This in-person presentation is designed to introduce newly appointed ZBA and planning board members to the fundamentals of planning and zoning and will address core topics including: how ZBA’s and planning boards are structured and operate, the basics of traditional Euclidian zoning, area and use variances, special use permits, site plan approvals, and the subdivision process. The basic requirements of the NYS Open Meetings Law will also be covered. The presentation will conclude with a brief discussion of the dos and don’ts of drafting decisions.
Presenter: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel

Location: Ellicottville Town Center, 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Register: This is a free event, but attendees must register by emailing Erica Linderman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before Monday, June 3, 2024. 

*NEW* Allocations for the Temporary Municipal Assistance Program

*NEW* Allocations for the Temporary Municipal Assistance Program


The 2024-25 Adopted State Budget includes an additional $50 million in unrestricted aid for cities (outside NYC), villages and towns. Specific allocation amounts (sorted by county) can be found HERE.

PROPOSED UPDATED OSHA FIRE BRIGADE STANDARD

PROPOSED UPDATED OSHA FIRE BRIGADE STANDARD

UNFUNDED MANDATE & LIABILITY EXPOSURE

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed significant changes to the OSHA Fire Brigade Standard (1910.156). If approved in its current form, the rule will impact all fire departments (volunteer, combination, and paid) across New York and the country.

The 608 page document released by OSHA outlining the proposed changes would incorporate costly health and safety standard mandates and expose municipal fire departments to litigation and costly settlements. This one size fits all approach could cripple already fiscally strapped departments and further negatively impact the recruitment and retention efforts of struggling volunteer fire departments. NYCOM fully supports measures that will protect responder safety. However, there needs to be a balanced approach that takes into consideration the realities of each department.

OSHA’s proposed changes has been published in the Federal Register and has a 90-day comment period that closes on July 21, 2024. The time to act is now. NYCOM is currently working with the Firefighters Association of the State of New York (www.fasny.com), the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York (www.afdsny.org) and other fire service organizations in a united effort to get the comment period extended to allow for additional time to fully digest and appropriately respond to the proposed rule changes. For more information on this issue, please contact John Mancini, NYCOM Counsel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The OSHA Emergency Response Standard Proposed Rule Can Be Found Here: Emergency Response Standard; Proposed Rule | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)
U.S. Department of Labor Information: Emergency Response Rulemaking | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)
Information Webinar By OSHA Training Institute: Webinar: Emergency Response Rule
Federal Register – Submit A Comment: Federal Register :: Emergency Response Standard

Upcoming Webinar on Land Acquisition Funding for Source Water Protection

Upcoming Webinar on Land Acquisition Funding for Source Water Protection


Thursday, June 6th (1:00 p.m.)

Did you know that acquiring lands to protect your source of drinking water is a project that the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program funds? Funding is currently available through the Consolidated Funding Application, and will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2024.

Join NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for an information session to learn more about the WQIP Program - Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection.

Register for webinar at: https://meetny.webex.com/weblink/register/r2063c031fd3cfd50905292755e76fa22

For full program details and requirements, including maximum award amounts, required match, and project type descriptions, view DEC's WQIP webpage.

NYMIR WEBINARS

NYMIR WEBINARS

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS (ONGOING)

We are excited to kickstart our exclusive One-on-One Consultation service. Elisabeth Dubois, NYMIR’s Cybersecurity Risk Specialist will reach out to you in advance of your renewal, typically 2-3 months prior, to schedule a personalized meeting. During this consultation, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Navigate Cyber Applications: We will guide you through the cyber application process, ensuring all necessary information is accurately completed for a smooth renewal.
  • Address Recommendations: If you have received cybersecurity recommendations, we will be on hand to clarify any questions and assist in implementing these essential enhancements.

Click HERE for a description of Cyber Security Service FREE to our NYMIR Cyber Members*