Sen. Charles Schumer is trying to raise federal funds to save the crumbling Bannerman Castle. For over a century, the castle has been a landmark on an island in the Hudson River about 50 miles north of New York City between Beacon and Cold Spring. Today the state-owned structure is mostly ruins.


“It’s an important part of the Hudson River Valley’s scenery — a wonderful place — and we are losing it,” said Neil Caplan, founder of the Bannerman Castle Trust.


The senator met with Bannerman Castle Trust and local officials yesterday to discuss ways to protect the rest of the castle from complete collapse.


In December 2009, the southeast corner of the castle’s tower fell.


“We must fight for funds tooth and nail to help preserve and restore the Castle so that the tourism industry remains an economic engine,” Schumer said in a press release. “We must make the wise investment now.”