Hoyt Responds to Al Coppola's Nutty Threat

21 Feb

Remember how Al Coppola threatened to move his little white Pam Am house, now situated at its original Delaware Avenue location, to the West Side as a bizarre protest against Peace Bridge plaza expansion? He had sent an open letter of sorts to Assemblyman Sam Hoyt. Hoyt released his response today.

While I enjoyed your nostalgic walk down memory lane, as someone who claims to be a preservationist, you demonstrate an incredible lack of knowledge, or intentional disregard, of the mechanisms of historic designation. As you know, your building does not currently enjoy any local, state or federal historic designation – despite its near certain eligibility – largely due to your failure to initiate an application. I would argue that if you truly cared about the future of your “little white house” you would have long ago sought the protection and funding opportunities that historic designation would offer.

As you should know, but apparently do not, historical designation is a combination of building and setting. As such, moving a building from it setting impacts historic character and potential eligibility.


6 Responses to “Hoyt Responds to Al Coppola's Nutty Threat”

  1. MIke February 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    Hudson? we are waiting…senator Al, but we know how much you love the crooked I-talions, so thats why you hated vinny so much, he was too honest.

  2. hank February 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    I’m certainly no San Hoyt fan, but just like anyone else, when you’re right you’re right. Ouchie was a good way to say it.

  3. Eisenbart February 21, 2008 at 7:21 pm #

    Yes, how dare Al not spend taxpayer money.

  4. steve February 21, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

    Coppola vs. Hoyt.

    Hardly the intellectual equivalent of Ali vs. Frazier, eh?

    Having had dealings with Al C. in a past life, I can assure that he will not let facts get in the way of his “plan.”

  5. Mike from Grand Island February 22, 2008 at 8:49 am #

    I’m glad Sam is my Assemblyman and tip my hat to his ability to consistently be on the right side of so many issues while remaining under the public microscope in a highly ambiguous environment.

    Imagine the kind of pressure one would be under in such a job: extensive travel, whack-job people calling you all the time, studying a myriad of issues, building teams when the personal rewards for participation may not exist, and needing to get reelected every couple years.

    My corporate gig is high pressure but the goals are fairly clear and w/out the public scrutiny.

  6. mike hudson February 22, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    a practical joke has no practical value unless some officious asshole falls for it and responds with the pompousness that makes him such an asshole in the first place. it’s even better when he takes a month to respond, as it gives the joke what we call “legs.” a gullible media tsk tsking in the background like aunt bea and clara on the old andy griffith show helps as well.

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