From HDC Newsstand:
...the Captain Abram and Ruth Dissosway Cole House, 4927 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island has been denied further consideration as an individual New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Observers report that LPC Chair Robert Tierney stated that the building was too altered and had lost too much of its historic integrity. The building’s owner and local Council member Vincent Ignizio agreed, and both were opposed to the designation. This was reported in amNew York last year as one of NYC’s most endangered.
Why would a councilperson be opposed to a landmark designation in his district?
But yay! a museum building and a high school were designated! Let's keep protecting outer borough buildings that really are not endangered in the first place. (Can't stand in the way of more development.)
Mrs. Ralph Blomeley, great-grand daughter of Captain Cole, said in 1966, “people should be conscious of the heritage this country is built on” and that “through the well preserved, older homes, such an awareness could be gained.” Otherwise, she feared, “what will these new houses be 50 or 100 years from now?”. We are now living on the opposite end of the telescope from Mrs. Blomeley and as one can plainly see from a ride around what is left of Tottenville, if we are to have any sense of where we came from, this house is needed more than ever.