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Preservation awards available for New York state

NEW YORK — The Preservation League of New York state is seeking nominations for its 2014 Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize achievements in historic preservation, throughout New York state. The postmark deadline for nominations is Feb. 13. The awards will be presented during the league’s annual meeting on May 14, in New York City, at the New York Yacht Club.

“Preservation and reuse of our historic buildings is fundamental to the economic revitalization of our cities, towns and villages,” said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League. “The restoration of our historic neighborhoods, Main streets and underutilized buildings continues to create jobs, provide housing, promote tourism, stimulate private investment and conserve energy, resources and open space. Our annual awards program allows us to highlight projects that could one day provide new examples of best practices in historic preservation.”

The league is asking submitters to prepare videos of between one and two minutes in length, to highlight preservation efforts. The videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges and rated for content, creativity and video quality. Finalists’ videos will be posted on the league’s Facebook page in April, and the winner will be determined by the number of “likes” received. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube and tagged with PLNYS-2014-future by 11:59 p.m. on March 14.

The award-winning video will be screened at the league’s annual meeting and awards ceremony at the New York Yacht Club on May 14, and the winner will receive a cash prize and a pair of tickets to the event.

Complete guidelines for the program and the video contest, as well as links to previous award winners, may be found at www.preservenys.org. For additional information on the awards, contact the preservation league at 518-462-5658, extension 17, or by email at awards@preservenys.org.
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