Funding needed to repair local church
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- The Newburgh Preservation Association is looking for donations to help a local historic church after its roof collapsed at the end of 2011.
Officials with the group say effects from Tropical Storm Irene could have potentially caused the damage to the former Newburgh Dutch Reformed Church. The building's historic architecture makes it a landmark in the city.
After the collapse, crews were called in to test the debris left behind, ensuring it was safe to remove, before hauling it out. Now, the church needs funding for the repairs.
“The goal is to have people inside and to celebrate the building. So we need to raise this money in order to make it safe, stabilize it so we can have visitors come in and see its grandness and its potential,” said Kevin Burke of the Newburgh Preservation Association.
If the Newburgh Preservation Association raises $25,000, the state will help out with an additional $75,000.
If you're interested in helping out, visit www.preservenewburgh.org.