Disadvantaged Communities Criteria

New York State is undertaking the most ambitious effort in the U.S. to meet the challenge of climate change. New York’s Climate Act recognizes that climate change doesn’t affect all communities equally. The Climate Act charged the Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG) with the development of criteria to identify disadvantaged communities to ensure that frontline and otherwise underserved communities benefit from the state’s historic transition to cleaner, greener sources of energy, reduced pollution and cleaner air, and economic opportunities.

On December 13, 2021, the CJWG voted to release the draft disadvantaged communities criteria for public comment, in addition to an interactive map and a list of disadvantaged communities statewide. March 9, 2022 marked the beginning of a 120-day public comment period for New Yorkers to provide feedback on the draft before the criteria is finalized. The public comment period was extended to August 5, 2022.

Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria Overview Fact Sheet

Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria Documents

Supplemental Materials

Public Hearings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with NYSERDA held 11 public hearings across the State to receive public input on the draft disadvantaged communities criteria under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). Four in-person hearings and seven virtual hearings were conducted to receive public input.

Equal weight is given to written and oral comments. The following table reflects the schedule for the draft disadvantaged communities criteria hearings.

Location and Schedule

The below schedule reflects the start times for the public hearings. These meetings will last until the last attendee has the opportunity to provide comments.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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6:00 PM WebEx – Long Island
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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12:00 PM WebEx – New York City
Thursday, May 26, 2022

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Beulah Baptist Church
92 Catharine St
Poughkeepsie 12601
845-473-1662

Capacity of Venue

Up to 85 may attend this hearing. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register.

Transportation

Vehicle Parking:
Park in the parking lot for general attendees. Handicapped spots are located closer to the entrance.

Health and Safety

All attendees must wear masks per the venue. Disposable face masks and hand sanitizer will be
available at the event. Temperatures of attendees will be checked by the venue.

6:00 PM Poughkeepsie
Thursday, June 2, 2022

View Finger Lakes/Southern Tier hearing

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6:00 PM WebEx – Finger Lakes / Southern Tier
Friday, June 10, 2022
Grace Baptist Church
52 S 6th Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

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Capacity of Venue:

Up to 100 may attend this hearing. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register.

Transportation:

Vehicle Parking:
There is a metered parking lot accessible across the street.

Health and Safety:

Proof of vaccination is required by the venue. Disposable face masks and hand sanitizer will be
available at the event.

6:00 PM Lower Hudson Valley
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
DEC Region 2 Offices, Queens
4740 21st St, Long Island City, NY 11101

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Capacity of Venue:

Up to 80 may attend this hearing.
Attendees are encouraged to pre-register at NYSERDA’s website.

Transportation:

Public Transportation Options:

  • 7 train to Hunters Point Avenue
  • G train to 21st Street
  • E/M train to Court Square – 23rd Street
  • Long Island Rail Road to Hunterspoint Avenue
  • Q67 to 21st Street/Jackson Avenue
  • B62 to Jackson Ave/47th Avenue

Vehicle Parking:
Street Parking (limited)

Health and Safety:

Proof of vaccination is not required by the venue. Disposable face masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the event.

6:00 PM New York City
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

View Central NY/Mohawk Valley hearing

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6:00 PM WebEx – Central New York / Mohawk Valley
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

View Capital Region/North Country Hearing recording

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12:00 PM WebEx – Capital Region/North Country
Thursday, June 23, 2022
PUSH Buffalo, School 77, 429 Plymouth Avenue, Suite 1
Buffalo 14213
716-884-0356

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6:00 PM Buffalo
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

View Hudson Valley Hearing recording

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12:00 PM WebEx – Hudson Valley
Thursday, June 30, 2022

View Western New York Hearing recording

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12:00 PM WebEx – Western New York

Information and Educational Sessions

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), hosted three virtual and in-person information and educational sessions on the State’s draft disadvantaged communities (DAC) criteria on Wednesday, April 13, Tuesday, April 19, and Tuesday, June 21.

The public education sessions were an opportunity for interested stakeholders to review the CJWG’s process and methodology for selecting DACs and to answer technical questions on the draft criteria and maps. These were not public hearings to receive public comments. The recordings of those sessions are available here: