PACNY 2019 Awards Nominations Due August 23

The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) is accepting nominations for its annual awards ceremony through Friday, August 23, 2019.

PACNY’s annual awards bring recognition to owners, builders, artisans, designers, educators, and activists who work to preserve Central New York’s most distinctive historic resources. Nominations are free and open to the public, and projects and individuals in PACNY’s five-county region (Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland, and Cayuga) are eligible.

The awards ceremony is 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse.

Nominations will be considered for the following awards:

  • The Jasena R. Foley Education Award is given to individuals or groups who educate, promote, engender or advocate a preservation ethic in CNY.
  • The Pat Earle Award is given for a singular outstanding historic preservation project which benefits the community.
  • The Harley J. McKee Award is given for excellence in the promotion and application of appropriate preservation technology and fine craftsmanship.
  • The Paul Malo Award is given for projects that juxtapose old and new, demonstrating respect for our past while promoting our community’s future.
  • The Preservation Merit Award is given in recognition of exceptional achievement in historic preservation.
  • Stewardship Awards are given to individuals, organizations, or civic agencies that have maintained exceptionally high standards of care for historic properties or landscapes.
  • The Wilma T. Auer Award honors volunteers who have made particularly outstanding contributions to PACNY.

See a list of our 2018 awardees.

All nominations will be reviewed by PACNY’s Awards Committee and approved by PACNY’s Board of Directors. Click here for the nomination form. Send completed nomination forms to 930 James St., Syracuse, NY 13203 or email (preferred). Tax-deductible contributions are welcome and will support this event.

The awards ceremony will feature the public announcement of PACNY’s 2019 list of threatened historic properties list, Eight That Can’t Wait, relaunched in 2018 after a 16-year hiatus.

PACNY was founded in 1974. The organization is dedicated to the preservation of the historic resources of Central New York that are essential to the cultural and economic well-being of the community.  PACNY works independently and in cooperation with other civic organizations and preservation groups to produce and disseminate information on the value of historic preservation throughout the CNY region.

Welcome Rachel Leibowitz and Matthew Urtz!

On Sunday, February 10th, 2019, PACNY membership elected two new members to our Board of Directors for a three-year term:

  • Rachel Leibowitz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is a co-director of its Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation.
  • Matthew Urtz was appointed the Madison County Historian in April 2010. He also serves on the Cabinet of Freedom for the National Abolitionist Hall of Fame and Museum and as the 1st Vice-President and Region 9 Coordinator for the Association of Public Historians in New York State.

Full biographies for Rachel and Matthew, as well as the rest of the PACNY Board of Directors can be found at:

Congratulations to our new board members!

A Message to Our Members

Thank you for your continued support of our mission to revitalize our communities, advocate for our region’s historic fabric, and inspire pride of place.

The PACNY Board of Directors is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new Membership Management Software and the following new Membership Levels for 2019:

* Student/Senior (60+) $25

* Individual $30

* Family $45

* Partner (businesses, organizations, nonprofits, governments) $75

* Advocate $100

* Patron $250

* Benefactor $1,000

PACNY’s Membership Committee Chair, Nicole Fragnito, will be reaching out to you to ensure that all of your contact information is up to date. This software will increase the efficiency of PACNY’s operations, streamline memberships and event registrations, and facilitate communications.

This past year, we launched our quarterly member Newsletter and Threatened Properties List, “Eight That Can’t Wait.” We are dedicated to developing new, exciting outreach programs to engage our members and the public throughout our five-county service region, including exclusive member benefits.

We appreciate your patience as we update our system and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00PM at the Barnes Mansion in Syracuse. More information on this software will be available online at, in our newsletter, and at the Annual Meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

Thank you for your continued commitment to PACNY!