"Needless to say, we're very, very excited we're going to be able to restore our station," added McManus.
The announcement comes just a little more than a month since the announcement Congressman John M. McHugh, R- Pierrepont Manor, secured $95,000 to replace the station's roof during this construction season. That money was secured through the Omnibus Appropriations Act, which was approved in the House of Representatives Feb. 25 and most recently approved by the Senate and the President.
In addition to replacing the roof, the restoration project is expected to include repairing drainage, chimney work and fa ade improvements. The restoration would aim to develop the building, at least in part, into a museum of the village's history, which has centered a great deal on the railroad.
Once awarded, projects such as the railway station are expected to begin promptly, in compliance with federal and state regulations. The village will be required to pay the total project cost up front, with up to 80 percent of costs eligible for reimbursement.
"That won't be a problem," said Rivers.
The requirement of ARRA funding is the restoration project must be completed by March 3, 2012, with 100 percent reimbursement of eligible costs.