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    Photo credit: Courtesy of Sen. Greg Ball | Jerry O’Shaughnessy of the Peekskill American Legion Post No. 0274, left, with state Sen. Greg Ball and Westchester County Legis. John Testa, right, in June at the Peekskill American Legion 5-kilometer Run/Walk For Heroes.

    The Peekskill American Legion Post No. 0274, in dire need of repairs, just got an early holiday gift with the announcement that a $50,000 capital grant had been obtained for renovations.

    State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) helped secure the grant, which comes after an $18,000 grant for repairs was vetoed in April.

    “The Peekskill American Legion is the only active veterans organization in the City of Peekskill, and I could not stand by and watch them lose their historic headquarters,” Ball said. “This grant will generate construction and create local jobs, and it is critically important that our heroes, both past and present, are honored and appreciated.

    “This organization desperately needs these dollars to stabilize their failing infrastructure,” the senator added.

    The post has been in existence for close to 100 years, and the building’s stone foundation is in severe need of repair. Wood damage also is evident on the main floor.

    “Congratulations to the veterans and to Sen. Greg Ball for securing this funding,” said Westchester County Legis. John Testa, a former Peekskill mayor. “Sen. Ball has been a friend and advocate for the veterans in our region. I am glad to see that a significant amount of money has come for our veterans.

    “I support the effort, and look forward to working more with Sen. Ball and our veterans,” Testa said. (ARTICLE)