HRWA-Ban the Barges Project

Municipality: Yonkers
County: Westchester County
Population: 50,000 +
Type: City

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

City Hall: (914) 377-6300

The Hudson River Waterfront Alliance (HRWA) is a coalition of Hudson Valley municipalities, formed by Mayor Mike Spano and the City of Yonkers, that have joined efforts in opposition to a proposed expansion of barge anchorages on the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston. The proposal, currently under consideration by the U.S Coast Guard (USCG), threatens to reindustrialize the river, compromising decades of investment in restoring the health of the river and riverfront communities.

LED Street Conversion

Municipality: Minoa
County: Onondaga County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

Village Hall: (315) 789-2603315) 656-3100

Launched in April 2016, CNY Bright Lights, an initiative of the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board, was created to assist municipalities in converting streetlights to LED technology.

LED Street Light Conversion

Municipality: Binghamton
County: Broome County
Population: 50,000 +
Type: City

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

City Hall: (607) 772-7001

The City of Binghamton completed a $4 million project to convert approximately 7,000 of its municipal street lights to LED technology. The city negotiated the purchase of street lights within its borders to eliminate $100,000 in annual lease payments to New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG). That agreement allowed the city to expedite its LED conversion project, already owning the lights that would be upgraded.

Canandaigua Solar Project

Municipality: Canandaigua
County: Ontario County
Population: 10,001 to 50,000
Type: City

2017 Local Government Achievement Award WINNER (Second Place)

City Hall: (585) 396-5000

The Canandaigua Solar Project involved the conversion of an old landfill and transfer station into a renewable energy facility, which will reduce the city’s costs without impacting the services it provides to the community. At the same time the city fulfills a strategic plan goal of taking a leadership role by utilizing an alternative energy source and reducing the city's impact on the environment.