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MONTAUK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The U.S. Department of the Interior has decided to designate the Montauk Point Lighthouse as a National Historic Landmark.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said the designation will make it easier to apply for federal aid and give the lighthouse top priority for funds for repairs, including concerns about erosion.

Officials have been lobbying for more than six years to obtain the designation.

The lighthouse and its museum are closed for the winter but will reopen to the public on weekends beginning March 17.

 

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