- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The federal government has approved New York state’s blueprint for guiding efforts to boost historic preservation projects at the local, regional and state levels.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says the National Park Service has given its OK to the 2015-2020 Historic Preservation Plan. State parks officials say the plan provides useful information about programs and resources for municipalities and communities to support preservation and community development efforts.

The plan’s objectives include training New Yorkers in preservation trades, skills and crafts, and capitalizing on heritage tourism opportunities.

The plan also highlights preservation success stories across New York, including the rehabilitation of the oldest surviving pier in New York City, and extensive exterior work done on the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo.

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