PACNY is Hiring!

Last March the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) chose to pause its search for a Communications Consultant in response to the uncertainty presented by the COVID-19 epidemic. PACNY is happy to announce that we are re-opening the search for a consultant to provide communications and operations assistance to enhance PACNY’s efforts to effectively advocate for historic properties located throughout our five-county (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga or Oswego) service region.

The successful applicant should be located within our five-county service region and have access to reliable transportation to perform the necessary duties. An ideal candidate will be self-motivated with the ability to work independently and meet deadlines with minimal daily supervision, as well as with guidance from the Board of Directors as required and described below. A passion for history and historic preservation is preferred!

The job description and details on how to apply can be found here!

Proposed negative changes to the National Register will not be implemented, thanks to advocates like you!

In April of 2019, the National Parks Service proposed some changes to the laws which guide and regulate the listing of properties to the National Register of Historic Places. These changes threatened to undermine the spirit under which the Register was first established by law, to give unfair and undemocratic advantage to the wealthy, and to give the power of saving a significant property to the federal government rather than the state and local authorities. These changes would have affected both architectural and archaeological resources.

The proposed changes sought to eliminate the voice of the SHPO’s when it came to Federal properties, or land under control of a Federal agency. This would have included everything from a local historic post office to tracts of ancient and sacred Native American land. It was a clear and transparent attempt to open-up protected (or protectable) land for development. Another change to the rules would have been a shift in the very concept of the one-person, one-vote concept giving the “veto power” the largest property owner within a proposed district.

These protocol changes were all geared toward the same end: to reduce state and local power in favor of the federal government and to open up protected land to development and destruction. However, thanks to the advocacy work of preservation groups and ordinary citizens across the country. This kind of advocacy is as crucial now as it was in the earliest days of historic preservation in America. To all our neighbors who sent their comments to the NPS, or who contacted their local representatives and told them not to pursue these changes – thank you!

PACNY receives 2020 New York State Historic Preservation Award!

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) has awarded PACNY with a 2020 New York State Historic Preservation Award for Excellence in historic Preservation organizational Achievement!

After a tumultuous year in which our organization met a variety of challenges, PACNY is emerging with a renewed sense of purpose and energy. Despite the obstacles we have all faced, the support of our membership and fellow preservation advocates has kept us moving forward into the future (but with an eye to the past of course)!

In 2020, we held our first virtual awards ceremony on November 6, 2020 and awarded seven recipients for their work advancing historic preservation in Central New York. The entire presentation is available on our newly launched YouTube channel!

PACNY also served as a co-sponsor of the 2020 Statewide Preservation Conference, conducted virtually December 1-3, 2020 and attended by hundreds of preservationists throughout the northeastern United States.

2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year for PACNY, so please stay tuned to our social media platforms to get the latest updates!