Last month PACNY President, Murray Gould, joined 15 colleagues from across NYS in our nation’s capital to meet with members of Congress. Annual Lobby Day, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action, provides an opportunity for U.S. preservation leaders and advocates to discuss a number of important historic preservation regulatory and legislative issues and to exchange ideas that will help preserve and shape historic preservation policies.
“We’ve all heard the phrase that ‘politics are local.’ It’s important that we communicate directly with our elected officials to let them know how the decisions they make impact us here in Central New York,” says Gould. “It is critical that they hear about the effectiveness of the federal rehabilitation tax credit program, and how that program provides the sorely needed economic incentive for catalytic projects such as the Landmark Theatre, Dey Brothers, St. Patrick’s Lofts and the Pike Block. Nothing works better than a success story.”
PACNY participated in meetings with the staff for Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, as well as six members of the House of Representatives from New York State. The representatives were presented with studies and materials that support a series of proposed improvements and enhancements to the tax credit program, anticipating that legislation will be introduced shortly in both the House and Senate.