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Statement on First Landmarks Preservation Commission Backlog Hearing

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in advance of her appearance at today’s first Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing on backlogged items for landmarking consideration in Manhattan:

“I’ll be pleased to offer my testimony this morning in support of a number of properties I believe should be landmarked, but what really thrills me about today’s hearing is the achievement it represents. Working together, we devised a transparent and orderly process for clearing the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s backlog without any need to weaken the landmarks law or throw out the backlogged items without a hearing.

“As one of our country’s oldest and most diverse cities, New York has a wealth of historic, cultural, and artistic treasures in its streetscape that are worth preserving for future generations. I look forward to working with the Landmarks Preservation Commission and my colleagues in the City Council to improve our Landmarks Law, which celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year. But those improvements should be crafted in collaboration with the Commission itself and preservation advocates and carefully tailored, because as we can see today, the system is working.”

Borough President Brewer offered testimony during the second segment of today’s hearing at 1 Centre Street (9th Floor). Read her verbal testimony here.

Categories: Landmarks