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Garrison station sign gets makeover courtesy of Metro-North
A rusting old Garrison railroad station sign that predates Metro-North's 1983 beginnings and was all but forgotten has been given a place of honor.
At the urging of Putnam County Legis. Barbara Scuccimara, Metro-North workers restored the sign, which had been tucked out of sight behind a bench on the river side of the railroad's tracks.
"It is our great pleasure to be a good neighbor and preserve the historic treasures we are fortunate to have," Metro-North President Howard Permut said. "It was a small job with a big impact."
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The cast-iron sign has been scrubbed of rust and repainted and now hangs on a brick wall of the east elevator tower facing the front of the station.
Scuccimara says the black sign with gold lettering should stand as a symbol of the Hudson Valley town's place as a destination for the arts and culture.
"It's a great day for Garrison and we are grateful to Metro-North and all of those who took part in the restoration process," Scuccimara said. "Due to their efforts a piece of history has been saved."
Metro-North workers at the Structures Shop in Croton-Harmon polished, primed and painted the sign before this week's unveiling.
The Garrison station on the Hudson Line logs about 400 riders every weekday. Last fall, Metro-North wrapped up a $300,000 upgrade of its 291-space parking lot by fixing potholes so that workers would have an easier time plowing snow from the lot.