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  • Testimony of the Preservation League of New York State regarding The Future Development, Growth and Maintenance of the State Parks System - Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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  • Memorandum of Support: Resident Curator Program -11/21/13
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  • Memorandum of Support - Relating to extending the enhanced historic homeownership rehabilitation tax credit
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  • Memorandum of Support - Relating to extending the enhanced tax credit available for rehabilitation of historic commercial properties
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  • Proposed tax law change threatens projects
    rochester business journal 7/23/10 >
  • Join the League in calling for restoration of NYSCA funding
    letter 6/24/10 >
  • Proposed cuts to tax credits will stall upstate revitalization
    news release 6/22/10 >
  • National Trust says NYS exemplifies threat to America's State Parks and State-owned Historic Sites
    news release 5/19/10 >
  • New Legislation Offers Hope that all State Parks and Historic Sites will open this season
    • The bill would require the State Parks agency to maintain operations funding at the same level as last year, and would allow all parks to open until a 2010 state budget is passed. Please contact your Senator and Assembly member now, thank them for their continued support of state parks and historic sites and urge quick passage of Senate Bill 7776-A and Assembly Bill 11013-A so that ALL parks and historic sites will be able to open this season.
  • WAMC Interview on Historic Site, Park Closures
    Airdate 4/5/10 >
  • "Stop Fooling with our State Historic Sites and Parks"
    news release 4/1/10 >
  • League, Advocates call on Legislature to restore funding to OPRHP letter 4/1/10 >
  • Statement from Rep. Hinchey Nixes Closure of Fed-Funded Parks and Sites
    more >
  • Excerpt from NYS Senate Budget Resolution, Restoring funding for OPRHP
    more >
  • Excerpt from NYS Assembly Budget Resolution, Restoring funding for OPRHP (pp 22-23)
    more >
  • Preservation League Responds to Park, Historic Site Closure List
    more >
  • Statements from Governor and Commissioner Ash on Park and Historic Site Closures
    more >



  • Testimony before the Legislative Hearing on the 2009 Executive Deficit Reduction Plan
    PDF 10/21/09 >
  • Governor Paterson signs rehabilitation tax credit enhancements
    PDF 7/29/09 >
  • Legislature Approves Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Enhancements
    PDF >


Despite extensive outreach from elected officials, business groups, housing advocates and preservationists, in September 2008, Governor David A. Paterson vetoed legislation that would have improved New York State’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs.


The measure (S.5425/A.30000) was approved by the Senate and Assembly in June and would have extended program benefits to a larger number of municipalities and a wider range of historic residential neighborhoods throughout New York, encouraging higher levels of reinvestment in both commercial and residential historic properties.


We know that our advocacy made it difficult for the Governor to veto this bill, and we will use that momentum to carry us forward as we continue to call for a broader strategy to revitalize communities throughout New York State.




  • The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the State Budget
    Testimony delivered 11/13/08 to the Assembly Ways & Means Committee
     PDF >
  • Governor vetoes enhanced historic rehab tax credits
    Municipal, preservation leaders urged Paterson to sign bill
    news release 9/30/08 >
  • Governor to consider enhanced historic rehabilitation tax credits

    Expansions approved by Assembly, Senate in June

    news release 9/15/08 >

  • Tax credit bill would spur building rehab projects - Paterson should sign ... Elmira Star Gazette 9/21/08 >
  • Tax credit bill could boost city project Watertown Daily Times 9/20/08 >
  • Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick's Op-Ed in support of rehab tax credits lohud.com 8/29/08 >
  • National Trust Community Investment Corporation urges Governor Paterson to approve expansions to rehab tax credits PDF >
  • A.30000 - Bill Text and Status PDF>
  • Letter of support from municipal officials PDF>
  • Letter of support from developers PDF>
  • Letter of support from preservation organizations PDF>
  • Talking Points - Support for Tax Credit PDF>
  • Jay DiLorenzo, Peg Breen discuss rehab tax credits
    listen to capitol connection on wamc (airdate 8/2/08) >


Public Policy Update
nys budget details - april 2008
New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Implementation Memo - revised February 2008 >
New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit
Preliminary Implementation Memo >
Memorandum of Support (A.7935-A / S.5425-A)
New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Historic Commercial and Residential Properties >
Historic Preservation’s Critical Role in Economic & Sustainable Development Policy in New York State
PDF prepared for Governor Eliot Spitzer >
Proposed Changes to State of New York Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs – Commercial and Residential:
Chapter 547 of the Laws of 2006 >
Historic Homeowners Tax Credit (A.11987 / S. 8392)
Chapter 547 - effective January 1, 2007 >
For more information on federal legislation, please email Daniel Mackay at the League, or call him at 518-462-5658 x18.
Also see the Preservation Action website at