In order to protect New York’s underserved and low-income communities from environmental hazards like polluted air, toxic waste, and contaminated drinking water, the state must first identify exactly which communities are bearing the brunt of these environmental hazards and risks.
Defining NY's “disadvantaged communities” (DACs) is an essential part of directing resources to the right neighborhoods and helping create a just future for historically marginalized communities across the state. The one-click tools below allow you to customize and submit letters offering constructive feedback on the state’s current DAC criteria. It’s important that the state hears from communities across New York, so submit—and share—these letters widely!
Click here to submit a letter on the DAC map. This letter underscores the importance of race as a primary factor in DAC criteria development and suggests improvements to the map tool itself in order to make it more accessible and accurate.