Wednesday, May 28 is the second annual Preservation Lobby Day in NYC. At 2pm, over 40 preservation organizations will gather on the steps of City Hall to advocate for a restoration of $300,000 to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s budget.

In 2006, the City Council allocated $250,000 in additional funds to the LPC, allowing the agency to hire five new full-time staff researchers. Last year, that amount increased to $300,000. However, this year, the Mayor has not included this funding in the LPC’s 2009 budget. Including the extra $300,000, the LPC’s budget comprises less than one-hundredth of one percent of the entire city budget, however this small amount can make a huge difference in the way the agency functions.

The organizations involved ask that anyone wishing to join the rally bring a sign or prop illustrating your favorite undesignated neighborhood or building so that the Council and the public can see all of the various sites across the city that require the LPC’s attention.

The Municipal Art Society has created a video supporting LPC funding, which you can watch here.