Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 9/25/2012 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson), along with the Yorktown Historical Society hosted a check presentation for a $50,000 capital grant that has been successfully secured for the Pines Bridge Monument.
On May 14, 1781, just after sunrise there was a surprise attack on the first Rhode Island Regiment headquartered at the Davenport House in Croton Heights. This regiment comprised of African American, Native American and European American soldiers under the command of Colonel Christopher Greene. Now Yorktown resident and police officer Michael Kahn will bring history to life by erecting a life-size monument commemorating those soldiers.
Senator Ball is happy to announce, that as a result of a three-way agreement, between the Governor, Senate and Assembly, funds are now available for a $50,000 capital grant to jump start fundraising efforts to reach the $300,000 anticipated cost.
“Working with local partners, I am so happy that we were able to secure this grant for the Pines Bridge Monument! My hope is this grant will help just start fundraising efforts and encourage the community to help make this project a reality,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As long as I am in office, I will continue to deliver for the residents of Yorktown and all the towns I represent and fight to bring as much of our tax money back from Albany, to home, where it belongs”
“I am very grateful for Senator Ball and everyone in his office,” said Michael Kahn. “I am excited because we have been working on this for over three years. I made a commitment that we would honor our first veterans and give praise to those unknown and forgotten founding fathers and veterans.”
The Yorktown Historical Society has worked with the local community to install a fundraising thermometer at Downing Park so those driving by can see how fundraising efforts are progressing.
Those that would like to donate to help make the Pines Bridge Monument a reality can do so by clicking here .
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.