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Schumer to seek funding for Bannerman's Island

Associated Press - January 20, 2010 3:05 AM ET

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) - Senator Charles Schumer says he will work aggressively to help save a crumbling castle on the Hudson River.

Schumer met Tuesday with members of the Bannerman Castle Trust, the group that oversees the scenic ruin just off the Hudson shore near Fishkill. Sections of walls have collapsed this winter, giving urgency to efforts to stabilize the site.

Schumer says he will personally ask federal Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to back the trust's application for funding under the Save America's Treasures program. He also will try to find other emergency funding.

Manhattan merchant Francis Bannerman built the structure in the early 1900s and used it to store military relics. He made it look like a Scottish castle.

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