Gillibrand touts funding for historic preservation during Utica visit

Published Sep 16, 2018 at 9:00am

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Stanley Theater in Utica on Monday to announce her push that included $88.91 million in the Fiscal 2019 Senate Interior Appropriations bill for the Department of Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund, her office said.

The funding amount through the successful bipartisan push by Gillibrand, D-NY, is $56.2 million more than President Donald Trump’s budget request for the program, according to her office.

The Historic Preservation Fund supports historic preservation and economic development projects around the state. The Stanley Theater has already received more than $4 million in federal historic tax credit investment for $20.2 million in renovations. Across the Mohawk Valley, the Historic Preservation Fund has made possible more than $19 million in federal investments for historic building renovation projects, said Gillibrand’s office.

Among other Mohawk Valley projects that have received the federal funding, $2.5 million in federal historic tax credit investment was awarded for renovation of the Doyle Hardware Building as part of the revitalization of Utica’s Bagg’s Square, said Gillbrand’s office.

“Federal funding for rebuilding historic structures has helped reopen and revitalize several historic sites in the Mohawk Valley, including the historic Stanley Theater,” said Gillibrand. “....When the Trump administration’s budget request for this important program was millions of dollars lower than it had been before, I led a bipartisan push with my colleagues to keep this critical funding in place, and ended up securing $56 million more than what the President requested. This is great news for New York because this federal funding will help revitalize downtowns and main streets all over our state....”

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-119, Utica, and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri expressed appreciation for Gillbrand’s efforts and praised the impact of the Historic Preservation Fund.