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New York Land Bank Association

New York Land Bank Association

In 2011, New York State gave local municipalities a new tool to address vacancy and blight by passing the New York State Land Bank Act. Since its passage, several land banks have formed and are turning problem properties into neighborhood revitalization opportunities.

The New York Land Bank Association (NYLBA) is comprised of land banks across New York and serves as a resource for problem solving, idea sharing, and advocating for resources and other means to improve land banking at the local level and across the state.  The Association is available to help municipalities learn more about how a land bank might be an appropriate tool to address vacant and abandoned properties in their communities. 

Staff and volunteers working for New York land banks communicate frequently to share ideas, assess challenges, and brainstorm creative approaches to address abandoned properties.  As the land banks mature, they will collectively look for sustainable sources of funding to address abandoned properties, regulatory changes that will improve their efficiency and address blight across the state, opportunities to collaborate with state agencies and other organizations working on neighborhood revitalization, and opportunities to share and reduce operating costs.

In 2014, the NYLBA released New York State Land Banks: Combating Blight and Vacancy in New York Communities, a report on New York’s land bank movement that illustrates early accomplishments of the state’s first nine land banks. The report was developed with support from the Center for Community Progress, CenterState CEO, the Ford Foundation, and SUNY Buffalo State.

NYLBA Member Land Banks:

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Contact:  info@syracuselandbank.org


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