ATHENS — Engineers predicted Tuesday that if work does not start soon to repair the foundation of the iconic Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, the building will likely tilt toward collapse and sink into the Hudson River within five years.

Six federal and state elected officials have committed to work together in a bipartisan effort to secure $7.5 million in federal funding to repair, restore and protect the damaged underwater foundation of the historic lighthouse, which stands in the middle of the Hudson River between Hudson and Athens.

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Hudson-Athens Lighthouse

The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse reminds me of resilience and strength in the face of adversity and change. For 150 years, it withstood the raging currents, the sun, rain, winter storms and frozen river. Still its beacon shines and lights every boat's way. It's a symbol of the humanity and the human spirit. A symbol of our community.

Let's forever keep the light and save the lighthouse. Sign the petition to fund the restoration of the lighthouse at

There will also be a fundraising event on July 16, Sunday at the River Grill. The community has banded together to make this a very special event: Local Athenian crooner Isaak James is performing, food courtesy of The Stewart House, local drinks from Hudson Valley's vineyards, brewers and distillers. Get your tickets at or find out how to donate or volunteer.

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