Incoming NY Governor Kathy Hochul Gives First Press Conference After Cuomo's Resignation
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With so much history all around our listening area, we always wait to see what historical place will be nominated for the prestigious National Registry of Historic Places.  The governor has just announced 19 places statewide and they make for an interesting mix!  We are proud to say that a historic church in Hartwick Seminary has made the governor's list.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that the state Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 19 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. These nominations include a "castle" built by prominent Catskill Mountains photographer/aviator Otto Hillig; a Buffalo bakery that helped introduce Wonder Bread to America; an early Arabic-speaking Christian church in Brooklyn; and a community library in the Adirondacks.  

"New York's historical places are priceless treasures that help us connect with the past and our state's rich heritage," Governor Hochul said. "These nominations reflect the fantastic breadth of the state's history and the prominent role New York has played in events that helped to sculpt our nation. These additions to the historic registers will help ensure there are resources available to protect these iconic places and that their stories will inspire us long into the future."  

A listing on the State and National Registers listing can assist owners in revitalizing properties, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Over the past decade, the state has approved the use of rehabilitation commercial tax credits for more than 1,000 historic properties, driving more than $12 billion in private investment. 

Here is the nomination for a church in our area for this important designation

Evangelical Lutheran Church, Otsego County - Built in 1839 in the Greek Revival style, this wood-frame church was renovated in 1887 to include Gothic Revival elements. The church was built for the local community and was associated with Hartwick Seminary, the first Lutheran seminary in the United States, chartered in 1815.

This is a great honor and we salute all who worked to get this historic church recognized.  To see the full list of 19 nominations CLICK HERE.

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