PACNY is pleased to present the Preservation Merit Award in recognition of exceptional achievement in historic preservation to New York State Senator David Valesky (53rd Senate District).
Senator Valesky represents the 53rd Senate District, comprised of Madison County and parts of Oneida and Onondaga counties, including the majority of the City of Syracuse. Senator Valesky’s legislative priorities include fostering job creation, economic development, and historic preservation in New York. Throughout his tenure in the New York State Senate, Senator Valesky has been a staunch supporter and advocate for expanding historic preservation programs in New York. This has included sponsoring several laws that promote and support historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties in the state. Senator Valesky has previously been honored by the Preservation League of New York State for his support of historic preservation.
In 2010, Senator Valesky led a bi-partisan effort to enact New York State’s first meaningful rehabilitation tax credit program for historic properties for both commercial businesses and private homeowners. This program has resulted in millions of dollars of economic development while contributing to the rehabilitation of underutilized and vacant historic buildings. More recently, Senator Valesky sponsored Bills S2164 and S2165, which make the New York State rehabilitation tax credit for historic commercial properties also available as a refund to qualified taxpayers and extends the availability of the New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs for commercial and owner-occupied properties for five years.
PACNY appreciates and applauds Senator Valesky’s leadership in introducing these critical pieces of legislation that encourage and enable the rehabilitation of historic properties in Central New York and throughout the state.