Advocating for New York

Our Public Policy Program develops and advocates for preservation policies that impact communities statewide.

For more information on policy matters, please contact:

Erin M. Tobin
Vice President for Policy and Preservation
518.462.5658 ext. 12

The protection of New York’s historic places is a proven form of community and economic development. Studies have shown that historic preservation generates more jobs, more tourism, more affordable housing, and more downtown investment than new construction. We continue to work with state and local policy makers to protect the historic character of New York’s historic buildings, districts, and landscapes, and to advance incentives for preservation.

The Preservation League continues to assess and respond to changing needs and opportunities in the policy field. Our work is focused on:

  • Securing sufficient federal funding for the operations of the New York State Historic Preservation Office

  • Enhancing the New York State Historic Tax Credit

  • Securing state funding to meet the staffing, programmatic, and capital needs of the NYS Council on the Arts, which supports our state’s arts and cultural institutions, as well as the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (OPRHP), which oversees New York State Parks and Historic Sites

  • Supporting full funding of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), a source of funding for the OPRHP’s Historic Preservation Grants Fund and other important environmental programs

Please consider a gift to help support our work to shape the future of historic preservation at the local, state, and national level — so our past has a future.