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For Release: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Media Advisory for Wednesday, May 25

New York State to Hold New York City Virtual Public Hearing on Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria on May 25

What: New York City Virtual Public Hearing

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will hold a virtual public hearing on May 25, 2022 to receive public input on the Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria and advance the finalization of the criteria to help guide the implementation of the State's nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

New York's Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG), which consists of representatives from environmental justice groups from across the State and representatives of several State agencies, voted in December to release the draft criteria for identifying disadvantaged communities (leaves DEC website) for public review with a 120-day public comment period that ends July 7, 2022. The State is holding a total of 11 public hearings with four in-person hearings and seven virtual hearings.

Pre-registration for virtual hearings is strongly encouraged but not required. Each participant will be given two minutes to provide public comment. Priority in speaking will be given to those who pre-register based on their place of residence for the regional hearings. Individuals can pre-register using the WebEx link for the meeting. Spanish interpretation and closed captioning will be available for this hearing.

When: Wednesday, May 25 at 12 p.m. ET

Where: Via WebEx (leaves DEC website).

Call In Number: 1-518-549-0500

Event Password: DACHearing-2022 (32243275 from phones)

Event Number: 2335 967 4423

Information for All Hearing Attendees:

All persons, organizations, corporations, and government entities are encouraged to attend the public hearings and submit oral or written comments. Lengthy statements should be submitted in writing and summarized for oral presentation. PowerPoint presentations are not allowed, but individuals may provide written supporting documents or visuals.

Members of the public who want to provide oral comments must attend either in-person or join a virtual hearing. Equal weight will be given to oral and written statements. All hearings will be professionally recorded and transcribed as part of the official record and posted on the Climate Act website (leaves DEC website).

Written comments can be submitted through July 7, 2022, via the online public comment form, Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria Public Comment Period (leaves DEC website), via email to DACComments@dec.ny.gov, or via U.S. Mail to Attention: Draft DAC Comments, NYS DEC, Attn. Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany NY 12233.

For more information about the Climate Justice Working Group (leaves DEC website), visit the Climate Act website.

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