Preserve New York Grant

In October 2002, a $15,000 grant was awarded to the Newburgh Preservation Association by Preserve New York, a grant program jointly administered by the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The grant was awarded for the creation of a Historic Structure Report, the first step in the restoration of Newburgh's former Dutch Reformed Church, named a National Historic Landmark in 2001. (See story in the Times Herald-Record.)

Heyl gives Hoekema check

On October 29, 2002, Scott Heyl, President of the Preservation League of New York, presented a check for $15,000 to Jim Hoekema for the Newburgh Preservation Association. Also pictured are (left) Jeff Baker and John Mesick of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects, and (right) William Ketcham, City Manager for the City of Newburgh.


Attending the ceremony (from left): Committee member Fred McCurdy, Senator William Larkin, committee V.P. John Lonczak, architect Jeff Baker, architect John Mesick, Preservation League president Scott Heyl, Bill Krattinger of the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, DRC committee chairman Jim Hoekema, NPA Secretary Nancy Billman, City Councilmember Regina Angelo, City Manager William Ketcham, City Councilmember Nicolas Valentine, Chris White (representing Congressman Maurice Hinchey), and Assemblyman Tom Kirwan.

The Preserve New York Grant Program supports outstanding local preservation projects throughout the state. Since 1993, Preserve New York has awarded more than $770,000 in direct support to 139 projects.

In the 2002 grant awards, the Preserve New York Grant Program made 12 grants, totaling $92,450, in 11 counties in 2002. The Dutch Reformed Church was the only recipient to receive the maximum amount of $15,000.