In 2006, an historical architect examined the lighthouse and recommended some remediation work, including repairing the exterior cast iron, replacing windows and doors, restoring all the wood floors and painting. In addition, the stairways will be reconstructed and the globe will be replaced.
The project was first presented to the Westchester County Board of Legislators in early 2011 as a request to authorize a $552,000 bond. Sleepy Hollow would cover the
remaining $248,000 through several state and federal grants. However, when the project finally went out to bid this past spring, Giaccio said the lowest bid came back at $1.2 million. The county Parks and Recreation Department must now decide whether it wants to spend an additional $400,000.
“It’s a tourist attraction. People are very interested in it,” said Giaccio, who noted many school children and camps often take trips to the lighthouse. “It’s a very interesting place.”
Repeated calls to the county Parks and Recreation Department were not returned. Giaccio said if, and when, the work begins, the lighthouse will be closed for three to six months. He hopes the project will become a county priority after the November 5 elections.
Meanwhile, Sleepy Hollow is in the process of raising money to illuminate the lighthouse. Since the summer, Giaccio said the village, partnering with Friends of Westchester Parks, has raised $5,000 and received a $10,000 grant, leaving it $25,000 short at this point. Giaccio said the village is seeking additional grant money and has spoken with the principles of the new Tappan Zee Bridge about possibly contributing to the effort.