Sen. Ball Presents $100,000 to Lincoln Museum in Peekskill

Grant will be used to fund the Lincoln Depot Museum's rehabilitation project.


State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, presented a check for $100,000 to the Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill on Saturday.

The grant will be used to help fund the museum’s rehabilitation project.

“I couldn’t be happier to deliver this grant for Peekskill to the Lincoln Depot Foundation,” Ball said. “This facility is going to drive jobs and foot traffic to Peekskill. I am proud to fight to bring as much of our tax money back from Albany, to home, where it belongs. As long as I am in office I will continue to fight for this wonderful historical cause and the hidden jewel of Peekskill.”

The depot is where President-elect Abraham Lincoln addressed a crowd of more than 3,000 citizens on Feb. 19, 1861. It was the only speech that Lincoln ever gave in Westchester County.

A bronze statue of Lincoln by artist Richard Masloski stands outside the museum.

“We are absolutely ecstatic to receive this grant from Senator Greg Ball. We have a lot of public programing that we want to roll out over the next 24 months and this will be a huge help,” said Susan Jacobson, executive director of the Lincoln Depot Foundation. “There is a lot of history here in Peekskill and we are very excited to use this grant to tell these stories.”


Wendy Kelly October 01, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Senator Ball pleas help us out no one will come to Peekskill once the Meth Clinic comes to 3 Corporate Drive. There won't be a museum unless you support our cause "Positive Direstions for Peekskill." Feel free to email me w.kelly1@verizon.net. We are a group of concerned citizens that believe the Meth Clinic should remain at Hudson Valley Hospital Center where patients will receive the proper treatment in a controlled secure environment. Thank you Wendy Kelly
Silent Majority October 02, 2012 at 10:39 AM
This guy is really brining the Bacon....$100,000 to the Depot, $250,000 to the High School for a Wireless System or Computers or something like that from earlier this year. Hmmm what else? Funny how you didnt hear about any Money drops until election time...But thats typical from both sides of the aisle.
Silent Majority October 02, 2012 at 11:07 AM
My mistake....$75,000 for the Schools and $18,000 to the American Legion to fix up the building. I fact checked myself.
Rexford Tugwell, III October 02, 2012 at 11:32 AM
That's a lot of clams for Lincoln. Probably more than the whole building and property is worth. No excuses now for not finishing the Depot Museum. Could probably buy a lot of hardtack, too. Hey, when did Pat Garvey become a "General"? And what exactly is he a general of? Guy looks like he could have fought with Grant.
Patty Villanova October 02, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Greg Ball has no shame. He's as brazen a pork bearer as any of his predecessors, in fact much worse. His pandering for the ethnic votes in Peekskill reaches new heights every day that gets closer to the Election. Keep in mind that this is a politician who began his career going after the "illegal immigrants" of Putnam County. Funny how things changed when the district lines were changed so that now he represents Peekskill and needs to court the Democrat voters. I'm surprised he doesn't have himself baptized as an honorary minister in one of the local churches so he can speak to the masses as a Reverend.
Jill Gertz October 02, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I'm not a big enthusiast of the Lincoln Depot but the money could be spent on worse things and often is. Ball took a lot of heat (and turned down a lot of money) to vote against homosexual marriage. That vote turend out smart since the GOPers who opted for the cash are no in trouble and Peekskill's demographics are in favor of his vote. We could do better but we could do much worse and probably will not too long from now.
Patty Villanova October 02, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Talk about "defining deviancy down!" Let me see if I can deconstruct the logic of Ms. Gertz's comment: it's OK for Greg to use taxpayer money to buy votes in the upcoming election as long as he voted against Gay Marriage which will get him a lot of support in Peekskill because according to City demographics, most of the Hispanic community that he is courting are against gay marriage. So he was really smart to vote against gays and turn down a lot of money (from who, the Gay community?) because Republicans who took the cash, presumably from those who support gay marriage, are now in trouble because they won't get the Ethnic, anti-gay vote in Peekskill. Yeah, I guess that makes sense.
Ded Yorick October 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
That's interesting and kind of ironic since some people claim that Abe was a homosexual man himself, hooking up with Joshua Speed and God knows who else. I don't believe it myself but I can see how anyone who was married to Mary Todd might switch teams. Plus, Abe always had that hairy gruff look that you sometimes find in the Greenwich Village and Gay Pride parades. So who knows?
Jill Gertz October 02, 2012 at 08:46 PM
" he voted against Gay Marriage which will get him a lot of support in Peekskill because according to City demographics" No you have that wrong. Peekskill deomographics don't support homosexual marriage since minorrity communities are the most against it (around 70% for blacks).
Patty Villanova October 02, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Wow! Who would have thought Greg Ball was so astute? First local politician to identify a key support group, i.e Peekskill anti- gay Blacks and Latinos who support liberal conservative Republicans. Clearly this nice looking young man has a bright future ahead of him in Albany.
RK October 04, 2012 at 03:21 AM
What ever happened to good ole fundraising? $100,000 in tax payer money to fund an empty building that if I am not correct is being leased from the city for $1 a year (please tell me I am wrong) because the President stopped by on a train for two whole minutes and spoke to the citizens of Peekskill - I don't care if he was gay, straight, man, woman, hermaphrodite, alien (close encounter or otherwise) - in this economy, where is everyone's senses? People are being laid off while we put shelves in a building to commemorate a man who stopped here for two minutes. REALLY? I am sure we could have found a much better use for our money!
Ded Yorick October 04, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Great post, RK! "I don't care if he was gay, straight, man, woman, hermaphrodite, alien (close encounter or otherwise)". Lincoln as hermaphrodite!! Never thought of that but explains a lot. The alien possibility, too. There's a book in there somewhere. $100 G is a lot of money for this, you're right. Some of that should have gone elsewhere. Maybe Ball is trying to corner the hardcore Lincoln voting bloc. Oddly enough, Peekskill went for Douglas back in 1860. Maybe they could put the methadone clinic at the depot. Ball could get the junkie vote, too. "HERMAPHRODITE, ALIEN, SPEED FREAK: Abraham Lincoln By Those Who Knew Him Best" Coming Soon to A Bookstore and Depot Near You
RK October 04, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Thanks Ded, I needed that laugh!
George in NY October 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
RK, You said it all! If someone really needs a monument to Lincoln stopping in Peekskill for 120 seconds let them raise the private capital and build the thing. Who do I see to get Peekskill to buy my property and lease it to me for $1? Is there an application process, grant process, or just tell Greg or someone I vote regularly? One last question, anyone know how many kids 100k would feed for a year? I am no liberal by anyone's stretch of imagination but hell if they are pissing away my tax dollars everyday better it they should feed some child with them.
Willie Bobo October 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I once heard a rumor that Lincoln didn't even know where he was when the train stopped. Legend has it his opening words were "It's an honor to be here in Fishkill." And then a red-faced Wm Nelson had to correct him. Again, just a rumor. Probably not true. But if it is true, it makes the connection to Peekskill somewhat more tenuous. Can't fault Abe,though. Probably had a lot of other things on his mind, like trying not to get killed. Congrats to the Depot for the windfall but I have to agree with other commenters that some, if not all, of that money could have gone to worthier causes. The humble Lincoln would have agreed, I think.


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