Senator Bill Larkin (R,C,I- 39th District) announced this week that he had secured $250,000 in state funding to help restore Stony Point’s historic Town Hall. The funding comes from a State and Municipal (SAM) funding grant and is one of several SAM grants that the senator has recently obtained for the region.
“The historic Town Hall on East Main Street is an important part of the region’s past and a symbol of the small town character that we are working hard to preserve,” said Senator Larkin. “This funding will make the building a safe and functional town center while also preserving the town’s rich and unique history.”
“Town Hall is literally falling apart,” Town Supervisor Jim Monaghan told the Rockland County Times, pointing to issues with the roof, siding and walls of the building, which was first opened as a doctor’s office soon after the turn of the 19th century. Monaghan said in a press release, “I met with Senator Larkin in January and made it clear that these repairs were critical for us to continue to provide important services to our residents and a safer work environment for town employees. We simply would not be able to afford these necessary repairs without Senator Larkin’s willingness to fight to get this money.”
“Senator Larkin understands how hard it is for towns like Stony Point to afford major projects without borrowing or raising taxes.” said Councilman Tom Basile, who together with Councilman Karl Javenes brought the condition of the historic building to the senator’s attention in December.
Senator Larkin noted that in its over 100 years, the building has survived fire and undergone several renovations, but is in dire need of repair and restoration for it to continue to be functional. Repairs that the grant money will help fund include: chimney and foundation repointing; roof replacement; siding repairs; newer windows; exterior painting; exterior lighting, a new HVAC System; and several others.