From a questionnaire sent to all Special Election candidates in Council District 30 by the League of Preservation Voters and the Historic Districts Council:
Q: RICHMOND HILL, ONE OF QUEENS' FIRST PLANNED NEIGHBORHOODS, IS KNOWN FOR ITS COLLECTION OF QUEEN ANNE-STYLE HOMES AND SEVERAL CIVIC BUILDINGS. YET TODAY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE BUILDING, THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS NO PROTECTION FROM DEMOLITIONS AND INAPPROPRIATE CHANGES AND HISTORIC PROPERTIES CONTINUE TO BE DEMOLISHED. HOW WOULD YOU HELP SAVE THIS NEIGHBORHOOD?
COMO: We need to identify theses areas, contact property owners, hold public debate and present a comprehensive proposal to the LPC. We must demand that the LPC conducts their research, comments and decides on requests in a timely manner. In addition, there should be an appeal process if the LPC decides to deny a request for landmarking, or if it takes an unreasonably long time to act upon proposal.
CROWLEY: (left blank)
OBER: It is a serious example of neglect that Richmond Hill is not even being considered as a Landmark historic district. The explanation by the Commission that too many of the frame homes have been noticeably altered is not a good answer. The neighborhood should get the status and that status will help to preserve and protect the historic structures in the neighborhood. Once it is designated, efforts can be made to slowly restore the buildings to their original materials and design.
OGNIBENE: There is no other neighborhood in NYC that demands, is entitled and in more need of Landmark status than Richmond Hill. Achieving this status will be one of my top priorities.
SURACI: I would actively push for historic landmark status.
Dizzy Lizzy, your choice to not answer this question says a lot. Mr. Ognibene, why didn't you push for landmarking during your first 8 years in office?