The building's most famous visitor was undoubtedly Theodore Roosevelt, who stopped in for a meal in 1901 on his railway journey to Buffalo after President McKinley was shot. Days later, Roosevelt assumed the presidency.
Buildings are protected if they can be placed on a national registry of historic places, but according to Reynolds, getting such immunity for Carney's would be a tough sell considering the number of historic watering holes in the country.
"One must prove that the place is totally unique," he said. "To prove that this one is different from all other taverns is difficult."
Careny said that she has been collecting signatures on a petition to overturn the DEC's rulings, and plans to present them to Gov. David Paterson's office. She hopes that Paterson's call to reevaluate state agencies will apply to leadership at the DEC.
"I think the only way we're going to do it is to go through the governor's office," said Carney.""