Rockland County Historic Preservation Board

The Historic Preservation Board holds regular meetings on the third Monday of each month at 3:30 pm at the Rockland County Department of Planning, Building T, Robert Yeager Health Center, Pomona, NY 10970. The Board does not meet in August or December. Please call the Planning Department at (845) 364-3434 to confirm that a meeting will be held before planning to attend.

Meeting Minutes:

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2020 Agenda and Minutes

Certified Local Government:

On July 3, 2002, the National Park Service concurred with the recommendation of the New York State Historic Preservation Office and accepted the Rockland County application to become a Certified Local Government (CLG). Pursuant to this action, Rockland County became a participant in the Certified Local Government Program, a program that was created by the 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act. Rockland is the first county in New York State to become a CLG. The CLG program includes grants and technical assistance from the State Historic Preservation Office to support local historic preservation efforts. In order to participate, a local government is required to adopt a local law that meets certain standards and to establish a qualified preservation board.

The Local Law and Board Responsibilities:

The Rockland County Legislature adopted a law that met the CLG program standards on March 19, 2002. Traditionally, a local historic preservation board has land use regulatory powers. However, in New York State zoning and other land use control powers over unincorporated areas reside with local governments, rather than with county governments. Therefore, the New York State guidelines make special requirements for county CLGs. The State guidelines specify that county CLGs must have the power to review and comment upon all county undertakings that might affect historic properties. Whenever the county is asked for planning advice concerning actions that may affect historic properties, a county CLG has the power to review said action and report the pertinent county or municipal agency.

The main features of the Rockland County historic preservation law are the powers and duties of the Rockland County Historic Preservation Board and the requirements for board membership. The Historic Preservation Board plays and advisory role to the County Executive, County Legislature, Commissioner of Planning, other County agencies, Towns, and Villages. As required by the State guidelines, in addition to the county-specific requirements discussed above, the County local law requires that the county historic preservation board will:

• Provide advice and guidance to property owners and government agencies concerning historic preservation issues
• Recommend designation of properties and historically sensitive areas as worthy of preservation
• Participate in and support the nomination of worthy properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places

Board Members:

Officers:

Craig Long
Chair,
County Historian

Peter Scheibner
Vice-Chair,
Designee for County Archivist

Mary Cardenas
Secretary,
Public at Large

Staff:

Linda Grant
Assistant County Attorney

Jennifer Hasan
County Executive's Office

Michael Kezner
County Planning Department

Members:

Steve Cobb
Public at Large (Vacant)
Architectural Historian Representative

Claudia Cooney
Archeology Representative

Alice Gerard
Public at Large

Arthur Gunther
Public at Large

Marianne Leese
Rockland County Historical Society

Larry Singer, Esq.
Designee for County Tourism Director

Winston Perry Jr.
Architect Representative

Charles (Skip) Vezzetti
County Highway Superintendent

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