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.”


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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