Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

State Historic Preservation Office Contact

The Division for Historic Preservation is organized into three bureaus: the Community Preservation Services Bureau, Technical Preservation Services Bureau and the Bureau of Historic Sites & Parks. This contact page contains primarily information for the staff that administers the functions of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). These functions include the National Register of Historic Places, Survey and Evaluation, Outreach, Rehabilitation Tax Credits, Technical Assistance and Compliance, Archaeology, Grants, and the Certified Local Government program.

Within most units, each staff person is assigned a specific territory defined by multiple counties. Although regional boundaries differ among units (as illustrated by the maps on this page), staff members work together regularly in interdisciplinary teams.

Division for Historic Preservation Mailing Addresses

USPS Mailing Address: OPRHP, PO Box 189, Waterford, NY 12188

FedEx, UPS, or Priority Mailing Address: OPRHP, 1 Delaware Avenue North, Cohoes, NY 12047

Division for Historic Preservation

Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner, 518-268-2171
Michael Lynch, Division Director, Agency Preservation Officer, 518-268-2130
Vacant - Director, Community Preservation Services Bureau & Tax Credit Unit
Nancy Herter, Director, Technical Preservation Bureau, State Archaelogist for Government Policy, 518-268-2179
Greg Smith, Director, Historic Sites and Parks Services Bureau, 518-268-2141
Kathleen LaFrank, NYS Parks & Sites Historian, 518-268-2165

Community Preservation Services Bureau

Survey & National Register Unit

The Survey and National Register Unit oversees the statewide inventory of historic resources and administers the State and National Registers of Historic Places programs in New York. This unit assists communities and agencies with surveys that identify and evaluate historic districts, buildings, sites, structures and objects worthy of protection and consideration in community planning efforts. Survey and NR staff provide guidance to the public in developing and completing official nomination forms. Additionally, this unit assists in the identification of buildings that are potentially eligible for Tax Credit programs and the processing of Part 1 applications. To find the staff member assigned to your county please View Map.

  • Kathy Howe, Coordinator, 518-268-2168
  • Daniel Bagrow, 518-268-2160
  • Counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Warren, Washington
  • Virginia Bartos, 518-268-2161
  • Counties: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
  • Jennifer Betsworth, 518-268-2189
  • Counties: Columbia, Nassau, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk
  • Daniel Boggs, 518-268-2201
  • Counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins
  • James Carter, 518-268-2194
  • Counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego
  • Erin Czernecki, 518-268-2192
  • Counties: Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan
  • James Finelli, 518-268-2215
  • Counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady
  • Linda Mackey, 518-268-2148
  • Counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond
  • Chelsea Towers, 518-268-2129
  • Counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester
  • Jennifer Walkowski, 518-268-2137
  • Counties: Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara

Community Engagement & Homeowner Tax Credit Program

Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, State and Federal Historic Preservation Grant Programs, Certified Local Government (CLG) Program, Traditional Building Trades Programming, and Preservation Planning

The Community Engagement Unit coordinates various preservation-based grant incentives and administers the homeowner tax credit program. Additionally, the unit aids the public, municipalities, and preservation colleagues with information on preservation governance, public policy, outreach opportunities, and public information.

To find the historic preservation grant reviewer assigned to your county please View Map.

To find the CLG representative assigned to your county please View Map.

To find the Homeowner Tax Credit reviewer assigned to our county please View Map.

Technical Preservation Services Bureau

Technical Preservation Services, Consultation & Commercial Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs

The Technical Assistance and Compliance Unit coordinates consultation for SHPO's environmental review programming. This unit also provides general guidance to the public on building rehabilitation. These staff members assist property owners with application for the federal and NYS commercial rehabilitation tax credit programs. The Survey and NR staff noted above assist in the identification of eligible buildings for the program and the processing Part 1 applications. The technical staff listed below assist project teams in the processing of Part 2 and 3 applications.

To find the staff member assigned to your county please View Map.

    Consultation & Commercial Tax Credits :
  • Beth Cumming, Coordinator, 518-728-8359
  • Parks and Historic Sites Statewide
  • Olivia Brazee, 518-268-2182
  • Counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Barn Tax Credit Statewide
  • Sloane Bullough, 518-268-2158
  • Counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Nassau, Putnam, Rensselaer, Suffolk, Westchester
  • Weston F. Davey, 518-268-2164
  • Counties: Albany, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St.Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington
  • Sara McIvor, 518-268-2127
  • Counties: Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Rockland, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, FCC Statewide
  • Derek Rohde, 518-275-5745
  • Counties: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara
  • Robyn Sedgwick, 518-268-2170
  • Counties: Cayuga, Cortland, Genesee, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates, Reimagine the Canals

Archaeology Unit

The Archaeology Unit guides the identification and protection of archaeological resources in environmental review and provides guidance to the public on the preservation of these resources. To find the staff member assigned to your county please View Map.

  • Nancy Herter, Coordinator, 518-268-2179
  • Andrew S. Farry, 518-268-2185
  • Parks and Historic Sites Archaeology Program State Wide
  • Josalyn Ferguson, 518-268-2218
  • Counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
  • Michael Lenardi, 518-268-2221
  • Parks and Historic Sites Archaeology Program Technician
  • Tim Lloyd, 518-268-2186
  • Counties: Broome, Bronx, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Dutchess, Jefferson, Kings, Lewis, Madison, Nassau, New York, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Oswego, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Schuyler, Seneca, Suffolk, Tioga, Tompkins, Westchester
  • Jessica Schreyer, 518-268-2205
  • Counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington

Information Resources Unit

The Information Resources Unit is responsible for maintaining the CRIS Web Application as well as all Geographic Information System (GIS) operations within the Division. This includes data conversion & migration, application development, department-wide spatial data and systems integration and training, mobile application development & emerging technology initiatives.