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Rock Island Lighthouse State Park in Fisher's Landing, NY was one of the honorees. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28914673@N02/8726711967/">Ted Van Pelt</a>, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved
Rock Island Lighthouse State Park in Fisher's Landing, NY was one of the honorees. Photo: Ted Van Pelt, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved

Parks agency announces preservation awards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced the recipients of the 2013 New York State Historic Preservation Awards.

The Buffalo Neighborhood Preservation Initiative was cited for its work getting a group of Buffalo's largest and most significant residential and commercial areas listed on the New York and National Registers of Historic Places.

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Albany's USS Slater Destroyer Escort Museum was cited as one of the finest naval ship exhibits in the country, drawing thousands of visitors to Albany's riverfront.

George Traikos and his company, Fitzhugh Associates, were honored for transforming the rundown Rochester Free Academy building in downtown Rochester into a vibrant commercial and residential complex.

Also honored was the Rock Island Lighthouse State Park at Fisher's Landing in the Thousand Islands region.

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