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The Irish / British Genealogy Group Message Board › IMPORTANT MESSAGE RE PRESERVATION OF NYC'S RECORDS!


user 8700760
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 82
A message from Terry Koch-Bostic (she is the NY Chapter representative for the Association of Professional Genealogists)

You have an opportunity to have a say in helping preserve records (see below)


Next week I will be attending a meeting at the Mayor's office with a small committee of archivists, genealogists and local historians at the request of Gale Brewer, Chair of the Committee for Governmental Affairs on the NYC Council. The issue of whether DORIS, the agency that manages the Municipal Archives and the mayoral records, should be merged with DCAS, a mega sized administrative agency, will be discussed. The mayor and his office are still pushing for the merger. Archival, genealogical and historical groups are still working to stop this merger as we see no benefit and a great deal of potential for endangering record access and preservation of NYC's records that are important to family, community, city and mayoral history. Gale Brewer and many of her committee members agree that this merger should not take place. But we need your voices and your help too. Please sign the petition by using the link directly below. Also below, you will see the statement you will be supporting by signing.


We, the undersigned, are opposed to this legislation (Int. 486-2011), which would significantly downgrade the authority of the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) within City government and potentially put at risk its ability to preserve, protect and make accessible the intellectual legacy of one of the world’s greatest cities.

We are also asking that you forward this to researchers and fellow members of historical and genealogical societies and universities all over the US. This merger will impact anyone interested in NYC record access and preservation, no matter where they live. For additional information, click on this link:

About 1500 people have already signed from a number of different organizations and universities and as private individuals. We need more signatures and as quickly as possible before this legislation is passed. We need support for the preservation of DORIS as an autonomous records agency with the funding and professional respect it deserves, to allow our own and future generations, to have access to the records that tell all the stories that make up the fabric of this great city.


Terry Koch-Bostic
Chapter Representative
NY Metro Chapter
Association of Professional Genealogists
Leigh Combes P.
user 25891662
New York, NY
Post #: 2
Hi Bridget!

I signed it. Hope it helps.
user 13203032
Brooklyn, NY
Post #: 27
Signed this morning!
Laurie T.
user 39538172
New York, NY
Post #: 1
Signed it! The petition makes a good case. Seems like burying it within a larger organization is a good way for people within the government to make records "go away."
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