Lincoln Depot Restoration Update

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On Saturday, September 29, 2012 the Lincoln Depot Foundation held an event to show the extensive progress on the restoration of the depot building. The unveiling of a special gift by local artist and lifetime Peekskill resident Bob Barthelmes and his wife Kay highlighted the event.

The gift was an original Southard-Roberson Peekskill pot belly stove Bob had purchased three decades earlier and had loaned it to the Peekskill Museum for display. The stove was one designed for use in such applications as a railroad depot and, in fact, was originally used in the railroad depot in Goshen, New York. Thanks to Bob and Kay’s wonderful gift to the depot we will now have an original Peekskill stove included in the restoration of the Station Master/Passenger section of the depot. Just as it was in 1861 when President-elect Lincoln stopped to address the residents of Peekskill.

Another special feature of the day’s event came from State Senator Greg Ball, who represents the City of Peekskill in Albany. Senator Ball was able to secure a $100,000 NYS grant for the depot project! This funding will go a long way in offsetting the costs of the restoration of the building and the creation of the Lincoln Depot Museum.

About Legislator John G. Testa

John G. Testa, a life-long resident of Peekskill, began his first term on the Westchester County Legislature in January 2010. Prior to his successful run for the District 1 Legislative seat, he served 3 terms as Mayor of Peekskill from January 2002 until December 2007. Before becoming mayor he also served a four-year term as a Councilman. From his first days in office Testa worked tirelessly to set the City on the path of economic stability. Peekskill flourished under this plan, increasing the city fund balance to its highest in history. During John’s tenure in office, the NY State Comptroller’s Office named Peekskill one of the most fiscally sound municipalities in the State; independent auditors proclaimed Peekskill as being in its best fiscal condition in over 30 years; and Moody’s Investor Service agreed to upgrade its bond rating, resulting in further savings. The plan he put in place was so successful that it enabled the City of Peekskill to pass three budgets in a row with a 0% tax increase. These fiscal skills will prove valuable to Testa as he works to put the brakes on what has been wildly escalating county spending and unchecked government growth. He has pledged his efforts to work to consolidate services, eliminate wasteful spending and improve efficiency. In addition to the fiscal conservatism that served Peekskill so well, Testa worked to promote the city, attracting investment, jobs and an increased tax base. Over $100 million of private investment came to Peekskill in the forms of new residential construction, retail space, and the redevelopment of historic structures. As Mayor, Testa led a successful battle to stop the unfair and unsafe plan to send sewage to the Peekskill plant from outside the sewage/water district. John’s roots are deep within the soil of Northern Westchester. His father’s family has lived here for more than a century and his mother’s family is nearing that mark. He is proud that he was born in Peekskill and has lived and worked here all his life and, with his wife Nancy raised their two children here.
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