OSSINING, N.Y. -- A $500,000 grant has been awarded to Historic Hudson River Towns, the lead agency on the Sing Sing Prison Museum.
The Empire State Development grant is for continued work on developing a museum at Ossining Correctional Facility, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at a meeting of the Regional Economic Development Councils of New York State.
“This grant is further evidence of New York State’s belief in the importance of creating the Sing Sing Prison Museum that will draw visitors from all over the world to the Hudson Valley," said Jerry Faiella, executive director of the River Towns group.
In 2014, the project was awarded a $250,000 Empire State Development grant.
It was used to hire museum consultants to advise on the project and to work on developing the visitor experience; a business plan and partnership arrangements.
A $100,000 DASNY grant which is being used to prepare plans and specifications for the preservation of the 1936 Power House and the 1825 Cell Block was arranged by Sen. David Carlucci, said the release.
A DASNY grant under the NYSCAP program in the amount of $1 million for preservation work on the Power House was made possible by State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, according to the announcement.
“We expect to move forward on the preservation of these two important prison structures at Sing Sing in the spring of 2017,” said Faiella.
“The 1936 Power House will be used as the main museum building with the expectation of connecting it to the 1825 Cell Block so that visitors can get a real feel for what it must have been like to be imprisoned there over the years.”
Historic Hudson River Towns, Inc., is a consortium of municipalities located on the banks of New York’s Hudson River