CABLEVISION NEWS - During an appearance on Cablevision’s “Meet the Leaders” program, today NY Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-104th District) announced the award of a $100,000 New York State Capital Projects Grant to the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society. The Assemblyman called upon leaders, philanthropists and citizens at all levels to support the incline restoration effort and said that he is seeking additional funding for the restoration.

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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL - Among the many activities planned to celebrate Beacon’s 100th anniversary this year is Beacon Re-imagined, an exhibition set to run on Thursdays from June 1 through July 6 in Scenic Hudson’s River Center at Long Dock Park. The exhibition will present two ambitious and distinct projects. The Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society will present its restoration vision during the exhibit.

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CABLEVISION NEWS - According to it president, the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Society is working to improve its fundraising capacity in 2013.

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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL - Frank Skartados won back a state Assembly seat about six months ago in a special election and has proven resourceful and adaptive in carrying out his duties. 

Skartados specifically mentioned his support for the effort to restore the incline railway service to the summit of Mount Beacon, astutely believing this will build on the tourism opportunities in the area.

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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL - Michael Colarusso has been selected as president and chief executive officer of the Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society, according to Sandy Piccone, the organization’s corresponding secretary.

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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL - A number of projects and activities are in the works this year to boost tourism in the mid-Hudson Valley....Work continues this year on restoring the Mount Beacon Incline Railway with a capital campaign feasibility study under way....The nonprofit Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society needs to raise at least $20 million, said Ann Lynch, board president of the organization.

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NEW YORK TIMES - For modern travelers, transportation is less a marvel than a necessity, and it can be joyless: squishing into a sticky airplane seat, grabbing a still-warm subway pole or slumping behind a steering wheel and hoping you make it home in time for supper. But in 1902, when the Mount Beacon Incline Railway — then the world’s steepest passenger funicular — began operations in Beacon, N.Y., the journey was still paramount...

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