Friday, August 15, 2008

Anthony the Hut, a Preservationist?

We here at the Patriots don't believe the government should tell citizens what they can or cannot do with their private homes. Councilman Como was able to build a beautiful home for his family; however, he is telling people from Ridgewood they can't improve their homes. My friend, who lives in Ridgewood, is angry that he may have restrictions placed upon his desires to improve and expand his home because of this preservation push. C'mon Como tell the Landmarks Preservation Commission to leave our homes alone! This isn't Cuba
Here is the story printed by the Historic Council District

New Councilman from Queens Meets with LPC
August 5, 2008 by Historic Districts Council

Back in May, Councilmember (then-candidate) Como answered our questions for our League of Preservation Voters for District 30 and participated in our forum. It's early days yet, but any meeting between a Councilmember and a city agency which is characterized by both sides as "positive" and "constructive" can only be viewed as a step in the right direction.

New councilman Anthony Como vows to push landmarking in Queens
Monday, August 4th 2008, 8:41 PM

Barely a month into his first term, City Councilman Anthony Como has boldly pledged to help landmark historic swaths of Richmond Hill and Ridgewood - and even areas outside of his eastern Queens district.

Como, picked in a June special election to replace Dennis Gallagher, made his vow days after what he called a "very positive" powwow with Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairman Robert Tierney - and months before Como faces another election in November.

"We live in the greatest city in the world and anything I can do to save its history and its culture, I'm all for it," said the Middle Village Republican, adding his sitdown with Tierney last week was a way to form a relationship "from the beginning."

During a two-hour meeting Tuesday at Landmarks Commission headquarters in Manhattan, Como told Tierney he supports historic districts in Richmond Hill and Ridgewood, as well as landmarking the Forest Park Carousel in Woodhaven.

The pair also talked about St. Saviour's Episcopal Church in Maspeth, built in 1847 but denied landmark status when the commission ruled that repairs after a 1970 fire had altered it too much.

Kate Daly, a commission spokeswoman, said the meeting with Como was "constructive," and that the agency was evaluating the sites he mentioned.

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