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Abstract

Growing recognition of the economic benefits that historic preservation can bring to a community, coupled with a more traditional belief in preservation for its own sake, has focused the attention of federal, state and local government officials on the need for historic preservation statutes. This article explores the legal means available to protect historic resources in New York. Section II discussed steps taken by the federal government, primarily in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, to protect historic resources from adverse impacts resulting from federal actions. Section III analyzes the New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980, and Section IV examines local preservation ordinances found throughout New York State. The article concludes that preservation is too important a concern to be left unregulated; and that effective local ordinances, coupled with legislation at the state and national level, should help to preserve New York's rich cultural heritage.

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