Legislation Aimed at Mitigating Blight Passes in Senate & Assembly
This legislation (A4403/S1864) will help small and mid-sized cities in New York State mitigate the blight caused by vacant and abandoned buildings, while providing them with a more expedient mechanism to place the buildings with owners who can rehabilitate them.
Click here to read the League's Memo of Support.
Thank you to Assemblymember John McDonald (D-Cohoes), for introducing A4403, and to Assemblymembers Fahy, Gottfried, Otis, Raia, DiPietro, Peoples-Stokes, Woerner, Gunther, Palmesano, Steck, Friend, Morinello, Wallace, Hawley, Taylor, Arroyo, Cook, Crouch, Giglio, Griffin, Ramos, Sayegh, Schimminger, and Tague for co-sponsoring in the Assembly.
Thank you to Senator Gaughran for introducing S1864, and to co-sponsors Senators Helming and Parker.
The House Appropriations Interior bill report
On May 21, the House Appropriations Interior bill report was released. We are pleased that it includes strong support for preservation and the Historic Preservation Fund. This includes important increases for SHPOs & THPOs, expansion for the Civil Rights Movement, Save America's Treasures and HBCU grant programs, and language expressing concern over the proposed rule changes to the National Register.
For more information, view the official press release and Preservation Action’s Legislative Update.
Two important improvements to the State Historic Tax Credit have made it into the final state budget. All historic buildings within two distinct groups can take advantage of the State Historic Tax Credit, regardless of prior qualification:
1. Historic buildings within New York State Parks and State Historic Sites
2. Historic homes in cities with a population under one million with at least 15% poverty threshold
This win for historic preservation would not be possible without the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Assembly and Senate, especially Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Ways and Means Chair Helene E. Weinstein and Senate Finance Chair Liz Krueger.
Recognition also belongs to Assemblymembers Carrie Woerner, Donna Lupardo, Patricia A. Fahy, Steve Otis, Steven Englebright, Robin Schimminger, Anthony D'Urso, and Carmen Arroyo and NYS Senators Timothy Kennedy and Jose M. Serrano who sponsored the initial bill that included the poverty rate qualification for cities.
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Thank you, NYS Assembly! The State Senate and Assembly Released Their Proposed Budgets – Including Improvements to the State Historic Tax Credit in the Assembly’s Version!
We hoped both houses would include these improvements, but we are grateful to see them represented, nonetheless. Our team has been advocating for these changes along with our colleagues and partners in preservation since the fall. Many thanks to everyone who contacted their representatives, the legislature, and especially Assembly members Carrie Woerner, Donna Lupardo, Patricia Fahy, Steve Otis, Steven Englebright, Robin Schimminger, Anthony D’Urso, and Carmen Arroyo and NYS Senators Timothy Kennedy and Jose Serrano who sponsored these amendments.
And if you want to see these improvements included in the Governor’s final budget, keep calling your state senators and your assemblymembers!
State Tax Credit Enhancements make it into the Assembly budget bill!
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View the entire Assembly Budget Bill
State Historic Tax Credit Enhancements bills:
A5760, introduced by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, same-as: S3645, introduced by Senator Kennedy. Read our Support Memo below:
S1558, introduced by Senator José Serrano (D-Bronx), and co-sponsored by Senator Diane Savino (D- Staten Island), authorizes the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to establish a resident curator program for the rehabilitation of state park buildings. Read the Support Memo:
A4403, Introduced by Assemblymember McDonald, this bill will help small and mid-sized cities in New York State mitigate the blight caused by vacant and abandoned buildings, while providing them with a more expedient mechanism to place the buildings with owners who can rehabilitate them. Same-as: S1864. Read the support memo:
View the League's testimony given by Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation on February 12, 2019 for the NYS Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Taxes:
February 5, 2019 Preservation Advocacy Day a Success!
View the League's testimony given by Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation on January 23,2019 for the NYS Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Environmental Conservation:
Preservation Leadership Group
In January 2018, the League invited members of the NYS Senate and Assembly to take part in the Preservation Leadership Group, which examines the relationship between historic preservation and policy issues across New York State. We send weekly emails to provide information they can pass along to their constituents about preservation grants, loans and other programs.