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Alternatives to keep General Herkimer Home site open discussed

DANUBE, N.Y. (WKTV) - Supporters of the General Herkimer Home met Wednesday to try and map out a plan to keep the historic site open.

Currently, the site has been shut down by order of New York State, as state officials look to make budget cuts wherever possible.

The non-profit group Friends of Herkimer Home was joined by elected officials such as Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Marc Butler on Wednesday to discuss how to keep the site open without any money from the state.

Friends of Herkimer Home have no plans to watch the landmark shut down, and group President Barbara Mielcarski isn't sure how or why the Herkimer Home was chosen for closure in the first place.

"The only thing I can come up with is somebody sitting at a desk, they have a list, and they just marked us off because we are in an economic-depressed area," Mielcarski said. "I think they thought that they'd close it and we'd all go away peacefully."

Also discussed at Wednesday's meeting was the possibility of having a partnership of private owners take over the management of the home, while leaving ownership to the state.

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