The battle for a New York State W1812 Commission is not over. Legislation
has recently been introduced in both houses: Assembly Bill 10027 (Brodsky)
and Senate Bill 6990 (Aubertine). Opposition in the last round came not in
the legislature but from the Governor's staff who were concerned about
potential cost. They looked at the Champlain-Hudson Commission which had
had large appropriations, an expensive staff (and lots of turnover), and
quite modest accomplishments---and feared the same for a W1812 Commission.
The proposed closure of fully half of New York's state historic sites is a
short-sighted attempt at budget balancing.
Now is the time to let legislators know that the story of W1812 is important
to the state and nation. Here is where we acquired the world's longest
peaceful border (with Canada), acquired a national icon (Uncle Sam), and won
the greatest American victory of the war (Plattsburgh--on land and "sea").
Vice Chair, NYS French & Indian War 250th Commission
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