Rochester Group Wins Preserve New York Grant

Homeowners in 19th Ward Could Benefit

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ALBANY, NY (11/18/2013)(readMedia)-- The Preservation League of New York State recently made a grant of $10,000 to support the cost of preparing several State and National Register of Historic Places nominations in Rochester's 19th Ward. Up to four potential districts have been identified, each including from three dozen to over 300 mostly residential properties. Should the nominations be successful, residents will be eligible for New York State Historic Homeowner Tax Credits.

The project will be completed by Preservation Studios of Buffalo and TKS Historic Resources of Babylon. It is being carried out in partnership with the 19th Ward Community Association to foster improvements and greater stability in this historic multi-racial community.

"This grant from the Preservation League of New York State enables us to directly serve this historic Rochester neighborhood," said Wayne Goodman, Executive Director of The Landmark Society of Western New York. "By getting a survey and National Register application completed and submitted, we are able to establish this large district among the eligible applicants to New York State's Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit – a program that benefits all New Yorkers. The Landmark Society of Western New York appreciates the League's support and partnership."

The Preserve New York Grant Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. "With the announcement of the 2013 awards, the total support provided by Preserve New York since its launch in 1993 is over $1.8 million to 292 projects statewide," said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League. "Preserve New York has a strong track record of bolstering local preservation efforts and delivering a strong return on investment."

"At its August, 2013 meeting, the Preserve New York grant program panel selected 13 applicants in nine counties around the state to share $100,000 in funding," said Tania Werbizky, the League's Regional Director of Technical and Grant Programs in western New York. "As always, the competition for these funds was intense. The Preservation League is delighted to help advance the preservation efforts of the Landmark Society of Western New York with timely funding from Preserve New York."

Organizations and municipalities receiving grant awards in 2013 are: Albany County: Historic Albany Foundation; Erie County (2): Old First Ward Community Association, Buffalo; Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo; Kings County: Historic Districts Council, New York City; Ontario County (2): 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse; Geneva Business Improvement District; Monroe County: Landmark Society of Western New York, Rochester; Montgomery County: Village of Canajoharie; Niagara County: City of Lockport; Schenectady County: Vale Cemetery Preservation, Inc.; Sullivan County: Beaverkill Neighbors Association.

For more information on the Preserve New York Grant Program, please call 518-462-5658 or visit the League's website at


Additional Contact:

Tania Werbizky

Regional Director of Technical and Grant Programs, Western New York