Governor Endorses Crackdown on Abusive Architects

Spitzer Signs Bill To Crack Down On Submission of Fraudulent Building Plans to the CityGovernor Spitzer has signed into law Assembly Bill #7746 – an important component of Assemblymember Jim Brennan’s legislative package to improve regulation of construction and development – giving the Department of Buildings Commissioner the authority to refuse to accept plans from […]

Help Get A Real Historic Preservation Tax Credit Passed

When the legislature re-convenes for Special Session later this summer – perhaps as early as July 16th – send an email and make your voice heard in the New York State Assembly in support of A.7935-A (Hoyt). This bill provides for an expanded rehabilitation tax credit program that includes increased incentives to support the rehabilitation […]

City Council Passes New Building Codes

This one slipped past us completely – what it means to renovations and older buildings is yet to be seen. Council OK – Rules to affect new city construction BY FRANK LOMBARDIDAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU Posted Thursday, June 28th 2007, 4:00 AM After four years of heavy lifting, the City Council finally voted yesterday […]

Section 106 Training Workshop in NYC!

THE SECTION 106 ESSENTIALS TRAININGNew York City Don’t miss the only ACHP course being offered in the Northeast for 2007!July 10-11, 2007Hilton New York, NYC This is the only Section 106 Essentials course taught by the Federal agency responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Act’s Section 106 review process. The Section 106 Essentials […]

Statewide Preservation League Pushes for Increased Preservation Incentives

From the Preservation League of New York State In 2006, New York State became the 28th state in the nation to enact a tax incentive to encourage the rehabilitation of historic commercial and residential properties. A report recently released by the Brookings Institution suggests that such preservation tax credits can play an important role in […]

LPC Budget Needs Your Help

From our esteemed colleagues at Landmark West! (whom we are very grateful for jumping on the ball with this alert so we can simply cut & paste) AT RISK: The Landmarks Preservation Commission and Historic Buildings and Neighborhoods Throughout NYC! Unless YOU act right now, the already miniscule budget of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) […]

Give LPC a Bigger Slice of the Pie!

By Shane Miller Brooklyn Downtown STAR Dateline : Thursday, May 17, 2007 It only amounts to a miniscule portion of this year’s $50 billion-plus city budget, but preservationists say $1 million would make a huge difference for the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). “We have a Landmarks Commission with a hard-working and dedicated staff that is […]

Help the Landmarks Preservation Commission Get Needed Funds to Preserve Our City

The Historic Districts Council, together with a coalition of over 30 preservation groups (see below), is seeking a $1 million increase to the LPC’s FY 2008 budget. This would allow the LPC to restore staffing to its 1991 level and to effectively protect New York’s valuable historic buildings and neighborhoods. The LPC protects our city’s […]

Mendez's "Landmark Loophole" Legislation

From the New York Times, see also the Gothamist; March 25, 2007New York Up Close: Preservationists’ Rallying CryBy JEFF VANDAM When preservationists in Greenwich Village were pushing in 2003 for landmark protection for the meatpacking district, they noticed something strange. Several building owners had suddenly asked for permits to modify their properties, knowing, perhaps, that […]