Issues: Recreation and Tourism

WGI one of 20 finalists in USA Today online readers' poll for 'Best NASCAR Track in America' ~ Vote once a day, every day, from now until June 22nd! ~ Read more

Watkins Glen International has been selected as one of 20 finalists in the USA Today 2015 Reader's Choice Award contest for the Best NASCAR Track in America.he online voting contest is running until Monday, June 22, 2015 at Noon.

You can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device that you have.

It's another opportunity for all of us to once again help put our region on the national map!

May 26, 2015
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Murphy, Putnam Officials, urge water safety precautions

MAHOPAC, NY - With the coming Memorial Day weekend about to mark the unofficial start of summer, Senator Terrence Murphy was joined by Putnam County Officials yesterday to raise awareness about water safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ten people lose their lives to drowning every day. "In the 40th Senate District we have a number of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers that if not properly respected could cause great tragedy," Murphy said. "Here at Lake Mahopac we are reminded about the importance of not only safety in the water but on the water with our boats and jet skis. By taking common sense precautions we can ensure a safe summer for everyone."

May 22, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation  Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 309 LOB

Please note change in time for meeting.  Derek Sprague, President of the PGA, will address the committee in regard to the importance of golf and tourism.

May 28, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Senate Passes Seward Bill To Lift Belleayre

ALBANY, 05/21/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a bill he sponsors that would create a public-private partnership to boost the economic viability of properties in the Belleayre Mountain region. 

Senator Seward’s bill (S.1581) would authorize the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to operate and manage ski and recreational facilities located on properties in the vicinity of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

May 21, 2015
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GlassFest getting underway in Corning from May 21-24 ~ History, great music, fine food, so much more ~ See the schedule

Getting underway today in Corning, America's Crystal City, is one of the region's great festivals -- the sixth annual GlassFest, a unique celebration of glass and the fire arts.  

History, education, great music, world-class food, children's activties -- just a great four days starting on Thursday, May 21st and running through Sunday, May 24th.

Find out more on glassfest.org.

May 21, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON MACY'S JULY 4TH FIREWORKS OVER EAST RIVER

 Squadron, de Blasio Pushed For Years For More New Yorkers to Have Access To July 4th Celebration

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding today's announcement that this year's Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will take place over the East River:

May 20, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation  Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little, Chair  9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 20, 2015  Room 309 LOB

Please Note Change in the Time of the Meeting.  Mark Gronitch, President and Owner of Statewide News Service, to speak on "Around the World" in New York State.

May 20, 9:30 AM - 9:51 AM
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Finger Lakes Craft Beer Week ~ May 9-17, 2015

from the Finger Lakes Beer Trail (@FLBeerTrail):

"Finger Lakes Craft Beer Week is a 9-day celebration of craft beer throughout the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions.  Home to over 75 craft breweries (and counting!), the Finger Lakes region is New York State's premier craft beer destination!"

Good luck to all of our local brewers -- and here's to a great local turnout! 

May 8, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES BOATERS CAN NOW TAKE SAFETY COURSE ONLINE

(Middletown, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that boaters in New York can now take their safety courses online. In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that required anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, to have completed a boating safety course before operating a motorboat. Prior to the online safety courses, boaters seeking a safety certification had to successfully complete an eight-hour course in a classroom setting.

“The Hudson Valley and Catskills are home some of the best boating and outdoor recreation in New York State,” said Bonacic. “This announcement will make it easier for young and new boaters to take advantage of all of New York’s waterways.”

May 7, 2015
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Outside magazine includes Elmira on national list of 'hidden gems, underdogs and towns on the rise' ~ 'We looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods...' ~ Cast your vote here!

Outside magazine has included Elmira on its national list of "hidden gems, underdogs and towns on the rise..." 

The magazine writes, "Picking the locations in our fifth annual Best Town Ever contest wasn't easy. We looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and of course, a good beer scene — all while excluding the winners and runners-up from the past three years to make room for hidden gems, underdogs and towns on the rise."

May 6, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON CITES JAY-Z, BILLY JOEL ON SENATE FLOOR TO BAN RESALE OF CHARITY TICKETS FOR PROFIT

Squadron Fights Annual Ticket Resale Extender Bill So Resellers Can't Profit from Charity Events

Squadron: "H to the izz-O, T to the icket... Of Ticket Scalping You Wouldn't Believe, How Many Charities Have Been Cheated, Funds Diverted Like Thieves"

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron cited Jay-Z and Billy Joel on the Senate floor in opposition to a bill that would let ticket resellers continue to make a profit on charity events. This annual bill extending ticket resale laws in New York (S.4801) passed the Senate. This follows Senator Squadron's floor speech in 2014 citing Kanye West and Bruce Springsteen opposing this legislation. Squadron has carried legislation for years (S.571) that would prohibit the practice of reselling tickets for more than their face value if the event’s revenue is dedicated to a charity or not-for-profit cause.

Here is the clip of Senator Squadron's speech today on the Senate Floor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPbq8DT3XVA

May 6, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORED BY OSWEGO COUNTY FEDERATION OF SPORTSMEN’S CLUBS

In recognition of her efforts to support outdoors enthusiasts, State Senator Patty Ritchie was recently honored by the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen with the group’s “Advocate of Sportsmen Award.”

Representatives of the group—which includes 27 sportsmen's clubs with over 4,500 members—presented the Senator with the special award on a recent visit to the State Capitol. 

May 1, 2015
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RITCHIE MEASURE WOULD CREATE HUNTER SAFETY TAX CREDIT

Legislation Would Promote Hunting Safety by Helping Volunteers Cover Mileage, Equipment Costs

In an effort to recognize volunteer hunter safety instructors for the work they do to make the sport safer, State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit for certified hunting safety course instructors.

The measure—Senate bill 4961—would create a $300 tax credit for instructors of hunting safety courses, which aspiring hunters and trappers must complete in order to purchase a first-time sporting license.  The tax credit would help volunteers pay necessary expenses, like mileage and equipment costs incurred while becoming certified and teaching courses. 

“Last year’s hunting season was the safest on record, thanks to the hundreds of men and women who volunteer their time to teach safety basics to new hunters across New York State,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 29, 2015
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Senate Celebrates Earth Day and Passes Package of Bills to Protect the Environment

The New York State Senate today celebrated Earth Day and passed an extensive package of bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 22, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Funding for Letchworth & Knox Farm State Parks

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that Letchworth State Park and Knox Farm State Park will both receive funding for various revitalization and rehabilitation work.  The    projects are part of a package totaling nearly $72 million for improvements in 60 parks and historic sites across the state.

April 22, 2015
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Environmental Package

ALBANY, 04/22/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. 

April 22, 2015
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Senator Young Secures $150,000 Grant To Assist With Renovations to Bradner Stadium

SAM grant funding will help the City of Olean with the next phase of renovations to the facility

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced today that she has secured a $150,000 grant to assist the City of Olean with completion of the renovation and rehabilitation of Bradner Stadium.

 

The city will receive the new grant, made available through the State & Municipal Facilities Capital Program (SAM), to complete the rehabilitation and improvement of the historic stadium which currently plays home to athletic teams from the Olean City School District, the Jamestown Community College Jaguars’ soccer team, the Olean Oilers, and the Southern Tier Diesel.

 

April 21, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Appears on Niagara Now! With Michelle Blackley

Sen. Ortt was a guest on Niagara Now! With Michelle Blackley. He spoke about the 10-year renewal of the Brownfield Tax Credit program and how that’s an economic incentive. Sen. Ortt also spoke about the on-going renovations at Niagara Falls State Park and how to capitalize on tourism in our local economy. 

April 21, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Seward Delivers $300k To Boost Tourism, Local Economy

COOPERSTOWN, 04/20/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2015-2016 state budget includes, at his insistence, $300,000 to assist The Glimmerglass Festival with a significant multi-year renovation project in Cooperstown. 

April 20, 2015
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