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2015 Annual PACNY Member Meeting, Officer And Board Of Director Election Results


Some of the attending at the 2015 PACNY Annual Meeting.

The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) held its Annual Members Meeting on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion in Syracuse. The event was well attended (over 50 members were present). PACNY President Murray Gould provided remarks that included a review of PACNY’s events and activities in 2014 followed by announcements of our goals and initiatives for 2015. We are pleased to announce that our Annual Theme for 2015 will be “Celebrating Central New York”, which references PACNY’s expanded mission to support preservation advocacy in the five-county region, including Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties. In addition, PACNY is exploring strategies to increase our funding and revenue streams to support our goal of retaining an Executive Director to better deliver our mission.


Ruth Pierpont presenting to attendees.

The keynote address was provided by Ms. Ruth Pierpont, the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Ms. Pierpont’s presentation was an interesting and engaging summary of SHPO’s recent activities and initiatives throughout the state (including Central New York). The Deputy Commissioner also provided to PACNY a thoughtful Certificate of Merit in recognition of our recent 40th Anniversary in 2014.

In addition, at the Annual Meeting the members in attendance elected our new Officers and Board of Directors.

PACNY’s Officers for 2015-2016:

* Murray Gould, President (Port City Preservation, LLC)
* Patrick Heaton, Vice-President (Environmental Design & Research, D.P.C.)
* Andrew D’Agostino, Treasurer (The Community Preservation Corporation)
* Margaret Sithole, Secretary (Empire State College)

PACNY’s Board of Directors for 2015:

* John Auwaerter (SUNY-Environmental Science & Forestry)
* Dean Biancavilla (Holmes – King – Kallquist & Associates, Architects)
* Mary Duffin (Jamesville-Dewitt Central School District)
* Barton Feinberg (Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC)
* Julie Gedro (Empire State College)
* Jeanie Gleisner (Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board)
* Michael Long (Finger Lakes Planning & Development)
* Patricia O’Reilly (New York State Homes & Community Renewal)
* Nicholas Petragnani, Jr. (The Community Preservation Corporation)
* Bruce Poushter (Sugarman Law Firm)

PACNY would also like to thank the following former Board members whose terms expired this year for their dedication and service to the organization:

* Elizabeth Crawford (Crawford & Stearns Architects & Preservation Planners)
* Bruce Harvey (Harvey Research & Consulting)
* Tom Magnarelli (CuseTonight)
* Michael Stanton (National Grid)


The meeting after the meeting at the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion.

PACNY’s new Board of Directors looks forward to continuing to serve our membership and the community by advocating for the preservation of our region’s historic resources.

Save The Date! PACNY 2015 Annual Members’ Meeting

Please plan to join us for our Annual Members’ Meeting on Sunday January 25. We will review our accomplishments in 2014 and discuss our goals for the coming year. Members keep your eyes out for more details and a formal announcement. Details in the official announcement image below.


2014 PACNY Award Features Part 1 – Karen Howe, Laura Serway & Cindy Seymour Of Laci’s Tapas Bar, And Sheldon Hall – SUNY Oswego

2014 PACNY Award Feature #1 – Karen Howe

2014may19_howePACNY is pleased to present this Stewardship Award to Karen Howe in recognition of her dedication to preserving and restoring the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion on James Street in Syracuse.

Karen Howe has given tremendous personal effort to support the continued growth of the George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation. The Barnes-Hiscock Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Under Karen’s leadership, the Foundation has significantly expanded awareness of this important historic site, organized new programs, developed key relationships, and successfully pursued grants and other fundraising opportunities.

PACNY congratulates Karen Howe for her achievement and is thankful for her dedication and advocacy for one of Syracuse’s finest historic landmarks.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #2 – Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour of Laci’s Tapas Bar

2014may19_lacisPACNY is pleased to present this Stewardship Award to Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour in recognition of their restoration and care of Laci’s Tapas Bar in Syracuse.

Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour renovated a historic house in Hawley Green with good taste and verve to transform it into what has become a very popular restaurant and bar in Hawley Green Historic District. Their restaurant serves as a vibrant and welcoming focal point that contributes to the preservation and vitality of the Hawley Green neighborhood.

In addition, Ms. Serway and Ms. Seymour have mentored other local independent restaurant owners and are active in numerous community groups including Safe Kids of Central New York, the New York State Brain Injury Association, the Priscilla Mahar Animal Foundation, and the Northeast Hawley Green Development Association.

PACNY is very pleased to recognize Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour for their contribution to the preservation and vitality of the Hawley Green Neighborhood.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #3 – Sheldon Hall – SUNY Oswego

2014may19_sheldonPACNY is pleased to present a Stewardship Award to SUNY Oswego in recognition of their outstanding care for Sheldon Hall in Oswego.

Sheldon Hall, completed in 1913 and originally constructed to house the Oswego Normal School, is a three-story, Neoclassical-style building made of brick with limestone, marble, and terra cotta accents. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and today serves as the gateway to SUNY Oswego’s campus.

The college recently undertook extensive renovations to weatherproof and improve the energy efficiency of the structure while maintaining its historic integrity. Additional partners involved in the renovation project include the State University Construction Fund, Jablonski Building Conservation, PAC and Associates of Oswego, and WASA/Studio A.

PACNY congratulates and applauds SUNY Oswego for their outstanding stewardship and attention to detail in maintaining this significant regional landmark.