This bill would authorize the Landmarks Preservation Commission to administer a historic preservation grant program. It would prohibit discrimination against grant applicants based on their religious affiliation or lack thereof. It would also prohibit the use of grant funds to preserve interior rooms used principally for worship, proselytization, or religious education.
Int. No. 368
By Council Member Salamanca
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to authorizing the landmarks preservation commission to administer a historic preservation grant program
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Title 25 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 25-323:
§ 25-323 Historic preservation grant programs. a. The commission shall have the power to administer a program of grants with funds available from the local, state, and federal governments for the purpose of preserving, for the public benefit, structures which are designated or calendared individual landmarks, are located in designated historic districts, or contain interior landmarks.
b. In administering a program of grants, the commission shall not discriminate against an organization on the basis of such organization's religious character or affiliation, or lack thereof, provided however, the commission shall not make grants for the preservation of an interior room used as a place of worship, religious instruction, or proselytization.
§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.
LS 8150/Int. 1718-2017