Council Member Ben Kallos Applauds Landmarks DecisionSubmitted by admin on Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:59pm
New York, NY— The following statement can be attributed to City Council Member Ben Kallos following the Landmarks Preservation Commission's reported decision to hear all 95 sites that had once been decalendered:
“Landmarks won, and so did our city.
We will be preserving our city's heritage and context for future generations, so they can see firsthand where we came from. The Landmarks Preservation Commission will be reviewing each and every landmark application on the merits, rather than de-calendaring en masse to lose a chunk of the city's history in one fell swoop.
As one of the voices fighting for landmarks and preservation, I will continue to be an ardent advocate. As the Landmarks Commissioner knows, when they are before my body, I will keep fighting for our landmarks to have a fair shot."
When the effort to decalendar the 95 landmarks was announced, Council Member Kallos was a strong advocate against it and helped win the postponement: http://hdc.org/blog/landmarks-preservation-commission-postpones-vote-remove-96-properties-designation-consideration-post-2
On March 29, 2015, Council Member Kallos asked questions of the LPC on decalendaring at an oversight hearing: http://benkallos.com/media/landmarks-lpc-preliminary-budget-hearing-questions-kallos-stop-decalendaring
Council Member Kallos drafted a letter to the LPC in support of hearings for each of the sites under consideration for the May 1 comment period: http://www.nypress.com/local-news/20150512/landmarks-closer-to-cutting-backlog