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.
USPS Mailing Address: OPRHP, PO Box 189, Waterford, NY 12188
FedEx, UPS, or Priority Mailing Address: OPRHP, 1 Delaware Avenue North, Cohoes, NY 12047
Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner, 518-268-2171
Daniel McEneny, Division Director, 518-268-2162
Kathy Howe, Director, Community Preservation Services Bureau, 518-268-2168
Nancy Herter, Director, Technical Preservation Bureau, 518-268-2179
Greg Smith, Director, Historic Sites and Parks Services Bureau, 518-268-2141
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.
The Incentives & Planning Unit coordinates various State and Federal historic preservation grant incentives and administers the Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Credit program, Traditional Building Trades programming and the Certified Local Government program. Additionally, the unit aids the public, municipalities, and preservation colleagues with information on preservation governance, public policy, and outreach opportunities.
To find the historic preservation grant reviewer assigned to your county please View Map.
For technical or application process questions related to the Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Credit, please View Map
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.
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.
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.