For her work as “municipal official, community organizer and preservation advocate in the village of Palmyra and along the Erie Canal corridor,” Mayor Vicky Daly was awarded the Paul Malo Award by the Landmark Society of Western New York in Rochester.

For her work as “municipal official, community organizer and preservation advocate in the village of Palmyra and along the Erie Canal corridor,” Mayor Vicky Daly was awarded the Paul Malo Award by the Landmark Society of Western New York in Rochester.

“I was surprised and quite flattered,” said Daly, who has been working with the Society as they’ve assisted the village with preservation.

Established in 2008 in honor of one of the state’s most respected preservation advocates, the late Paul Malo, the award recognizes community activists who have done “outstanding work in historic preservation.”

The Society sited Daly as an advocate for “historic preservation, economic  development and heritage tourism, with projects that include the adoption of the first local preservation ordinance in Wayne County, the registration of the village as a certified local government and major expansion of the village’s National Register Historic District.”

Daly is passionate about preservation because she sees it as a means to an end.

“The architecture that we have is a huge asset,” she said. “It’s one of the reasons, along with the canal and the businesses, that make Palmyra a tourist destination.”

It can enhance economic development, by bringing outside money into the community, which boasts six 19th Century churches, she added.

Besides the churches, a variety of architecture exists.

Huge Victorian homes owned by the wealthiest citizens in the 19th Century, solid middle class homes and homes or cottages close to the canal, where those who worked on the canal lived, are all represented.

Already the village’s architecture is being noticed.

The Landmark Society held its conference in Palmyra and the Federated Garden Club of Rochester brought its tour to Palmyra.

More than 200 structures in the village have been named to the National Register of Historic Places, which allows their owners tax breaks, Daly said.

“It is an honor,” she said.

Locally, the Preservation Commission, headed by Eleanor Drake, is in an educational mode, “because there is a lot of misinformation about preservation.” Speakers present monthly and the commission spotlights historic homes.

“People have to understand what they have and place a value on it,” said the mayor.

Daly considers her award an honor for Palmyra and the people who made it happen, saying there is a group of two dozen volunteers from the village and town of Palmyra and from Macedon who researched and did a lot of the leg work to promote preservation.