N.Y. Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law Section 14.01
Declaration of policy

The legislature determines that the historical, archeological, architectural and cultural heritage of the state is among the most important environmental assets of the state and that it should be preserved. It offers residents of the state a sense of orientation and civic identity, is fundamental to our concern for the quality of life, and produces numerous economic benefits to the state. The existence of irreplaceable properties of historical, archeological, architectural and cultural significance is threatened by the forces of change. It is hereby declared to be the public policy and in the public interest of this state to engage in a comprehensive program of historic preservation to accomplish the following purposes:


To promote the use, reuse and conservation of such properties for the education, inspiration, welfare, recreation, prosperity and enrichment of the public;


To promote and encourage the protection, enhancement and perpetuation of such properties, including any improvements, landmarks, historic districts, objects and sites which have or represent elements of historical, archeological, architectural or cultural significance;


To encourage and assist municipalities to undertake preservation programs and activities;


To foster civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past through cooperation with municipalities and local organizations;


To preserve and enhance the state’s attractions to tourists and visitors.

Source: Section 14.01 — Declaration of policy, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PAR/14.­01 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

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Sep. 22, 2014

§ 14.01’s source at nysenate​.gov

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