Lincoln Depot Foundation Names Pisani To Board

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Catherine Pisani, a new member of the Lincoln Depot Foundation board of directors, with Abraham Lincoln, or at least a darn good likeness. Photo Credit: Lincoln Depot Foundation

Editor's note: This story contains information submitted by the Lincoln Depot Foundation.

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Former Peekskill Common Council member Catherine Pisani has been named to the Lincoln Depot Foundation board of directors.

Pisani was a member of the Peekskill Common Council for 16 years, spending much of that time as deputy mayor. Pisani recently retired from the Peekskill City School District after 36 years of teaching.

She presently serves on the Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s foundation, the Lincoln Society in Peekskill and the executive committee of the retired teachers for the Peekskill Faculty Association. The Lincoln Depot Foundation board elected Pisani at its annual meeting on Feb. 12.

“Cathy is an outstanding choice for our organization,” said Depot Foundation President John Testa. “She has been a longtime member and contributor to the Lincoln Society in Peekskill and the community at large and has been fully involved in preserving the history of Peekskill. Serving as deputy mayor when I was the mayor of Peekskill, Cathy was a staunch supporter of the Lincoln Depot project and was with me every step of the way from acquiring the property, obtaining the funding to developing the vision. She will be an invaluable asset as we move into the next phase of the project.”

Pisani previously served on the Peekskill Industrial Development Agency, Youth Board and Human Relations Commission. She also is a past board member for the Paramount Center for the Arts.

Within the next few weeks the restoration of the Lincoln Depot interior will be complete, and construction will be complete in six to eight months, Testa said.

Included in the final phase of the project has been the installation of a new wood floor and radiant heating system; electrical, gas and water infrastructure; custom climate-controlled glass entryway and door installations; professional museum-grade lighting; complete digital transmission infrastructure; restoration of the station master/passenger portion of the building; museum-quality heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and fire suppression systems; a bathroom compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act; a catering and kitchenette area; and a historic paint scheme.

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