MONTAUK - The Montauk Point Lighthouse is one of Long Island's most treasured sites and now, it's getting a very special distinction. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced today that the Lighthouse is becoming a National Historic Landmark. The U.S. Department of the Interior has signed off on the plan.

The move could help the site get grant money for restoration work. It's 12th location on Long Island to achieve landmark status.