New York landmarks commission approves electrifying historic clock and denying public access to the clock tower

In Save America's Clocks, Inc. v. City of New York, 2019 WL 1385906 (N.Y. 2019), the New York Court of Appeals overturned lower court rulings that invalidated a decision of the local historic landmarks commission to allow changes to a clock that had been designated a historic landmark both as part of an historic buliding and in its own right. The buyer of the building proposed to privatize the room on the interior of the building and deny public access to the back of the clock while converting the mechanical clock to be powered by electricity while preserving the mechanical structures. The commission allowed the changes because the exterior face of the clock would remain unchanged. The trial court and the Appellate Division ruled this decision to be irrational but the high court reversed those decisions, finding them to be within the statutory authority granted the commission.