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As this year’s corporate-sponsored “Climate Week NYC” sputters on, New Economy Project and the Public Bank NYC coalition released an analysis estimating that NYC’s financial investments and cash deposits in big banks generate 757 kilotons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)* annually. This previously unreported figure would represent the second largest source of GHG emissions by sector in city government, if accounted for in the City’s GHG inventory, according to the analysis. — This month, Mayor Eric Adams and Comptroller Brad Lander vowed not to deposit city funds with Wells Fargo, following alarming reports that the bank rejected more mortgage refinancing applications from Black homeowners than it approved in 2020—denying hundreds of New Yorkers the opportunity to lock in lower interest rates and build generational wealth.

We, the undersigned 25 organizations, including members of the Public Bank NYC coalition, write to you in your roles as members of the NYC Banking Commission (“the Commission”) regarding the recent Bloomberg Businessweek investigation into Wells Fargo’s discriminatory mortgage lending practices.1 For the reasons outlined below, we call on the Commission to revoke unconditionally Wells Fargo’s designation to hold City deposits.