April 22, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $3 Million to Improve National Parks in the Hudson Valley

Funds Will Support Job Creation, Improve National Parks Throughout Hudson Valley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,942,000 to make critical improvements to National Parks in the Hudson Valley area, including the homes of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Cole, and Martin Van Buren, as well as the Vanderbilt Mansion and the Appalachian Scenic Trail. The funds will support job creation and provide critical improvements to these historic sites. These improvement projects are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Gillibrand and Schumer helped pass earlier this year.

"This funding will create jobs even while it preserves historical sites and parks, and will protect New York State's history for our children and our grandchildren," said Schumer.  "I am particularly pleased with this investment in the FDR library, which is one of the true historic gems in the Hudson Valley."

"This is great news for Hudson Valley," Senator Gillibrand said.  "As New Yorkers, we cherish our parks and historic sites.  These funds will go a long way in making the improvements our parks need, while supporting our economic recovery. I pledge to continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire New York Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars."

The following investments are included to improve National Parks in the Hudson Valley:

  • Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt: $1,691,000 to rehabilitate stone walls, the Ice Pond dam, the greenhouse, as well as to expand existing horticulture recycling projects;
  • Thomas Cole House: $343,000 to rehabilitate the Thomas Cole House;
  • Vanderbilt Mansion: $723,000 to rehabilitate the upper and middle dams, as well as the historic Vanderbilt elevator;
  • Appalachian Scenic State Trail: $90,000 to rehabilitate the Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain;
  • Martin Van Buren House: $95,000 to restore basement floor.

The funds for Hudson Valley's National Parks are part of a $750 million investment in parks across the country to support job creation and help enhance the experience for visitors, while conserving our nation's heritage and history for future generations.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are strong supporters of President Obama's economic plan. The investment will help create or save more than 200,000 jobs in New York, while laying the foundation of future economic growth with critical investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, health care technology and education.