Katko Applauds Senate Passage Of Fort Ontario Legislation, Urges President To Sign Into Law

The Fort Ontario National Landmark Committee will sponsor a rally Nov. 12 to generate support for elevating Fort Ontario and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum to National Monument status.

The Fort Ontario National Landmark Committee will sponsor a rally Nov. 12 to generate support for elevating Fort Ontario and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum to National Monument status.

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Following unanimous passage in the U.S. Senate this evening (September 18) of The Fort Ontario Study Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. John Katko, the Congressman released the following statement:

“Fort Ontario and Safe Haven National Refugee Shelter are treasures in our community, and testament to the important role of Central New York in our nation’s history. The Fort Ontario Study Act has been among my top priorities since coming to Congress in 2015,” said Katko. “I’m thrilled that the Senate has moved forward this important, bipartisan and bicameral measure that I passed through the House in January of last year. I now urge the President to act swiftly in signing this measure into law so that this historic site is given the recognition it deserves.”

The Fort Ontario Study Act would put Fort Ontario and Safe Haven National Refugee Shelter in Oswego on the path towards becoming a National Park.

It commissions a special resource study of Fort Ontario and Safe Haven in Oswego County to evaluate the site’s national significance and determine the suitability of its designation as a part of the National Park system.

This study is a prerequisite for receiving National Park designation.

The legislation passed the House was the first bill that Rep. Katko reintroduced during the 115th Congress, and it passed the House in January 2017.

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  1. “It commissions a special resource study of Fort Ontario and Safe Haven in Oswego County to evaluate the site’s national significance and determine the suitability of its designation as a part of the National Park system.”

    With all the other Federal Parks we’ve visited, we’ve wondered how that historic place got the designation…The Poe House in Philadelphia, for instance. I LOVE POE, and the Park was a wonderful site. But why Poe and not Safe Haven/Fort Ontario?

    And how MUCH MORE WORTHY is a landmark that immortalizes early American military history/Civil War History both military and social/World War I(the Great War)/WWII/and ultimately on the same site, the only place in the United States that houses refugees from the Holocaust in Europe!

    HOW can this landmark NOT be designated worthy of NATIONAL attention when these others are so deemed?

    There is SO much that many historians, professional and non-professional need to know about our NYS fort, and NATIONAL PARKS do this in spades (sometimes actually with spades!)!!!

    Who might otherwise bypass Yellowstone or Joshua Tree/Chimney Bluffs National Park, even the Harriet Tubman House in Upstate NY were these not as identified park sites? I doubt others would bypass The Women’s Rights Hall of Fame, but isn’t Fort Ontario JUST as valuable a historic resource worthy of greater development and future economic/social protections?

    I hope that the study evaluators understand the suitability and importance of Fort Ontario, so that they can bring this project forward. Although NYS has taken on this landmark, it’s abilities and financial resources are limited in a way that spreading its future needs Federally are not.

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