Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Bills include support for educational initiatives, watershed projects, and programs to combat invasive species

ALBANY – Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout New York are on the front lines of protecting the State’s natural resources, helping landowners, preventing floods, fighting the spread of invasive species, and educating the public.

Three bills sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, provide SWCDs with additional tools they need to accomplish their ambitious mission. The first two of these bills also were passed by the Assembly and are awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 29, 2014
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Daily Mail: Tkaczyk tours Kaaterskill Falls with eye on safety

By Kyle Adams  Columbia-Greene Media

HAINES FALLS — New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk met with local leaders Sunday afternoon for a tour of Kaaterskill Falls, where one of several recent accidents resulted in the death of a Dutchess County woman.

The waterfall is a popular tourist destination, but the dangerous terrain and tendency of tourists to hike unprepared has led to numerous accidents and deaths over the years.

“I wanted to experience it firsthand and see and understand the challenges,” Tkaczyk said Sunday. “It’s a great asset in the area and we need to make sure that people can enjoy it safely.”

July 28, 2014
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RITCHIE TOURS MULTI-USE TRAIL SYSTEM

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently toured parts of St. Lawrence County’s Multi-Use Trail System as part of an event held to celebrate the outdoor recreational opportunities the trails provide. 

The trails are designed to be used for activities during all four seasons of the year, including walking, ATVs, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more.  

July 25, 2014
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Livingston County Rifle Bill Becomes Law

For Release: Immediate, July 22, 2014 

Senator Young, Senator Gallivan, and Assemblyman Nojay Announce Authorization of Rifle Hunting in Livingston County

Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma), and Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Pittsford) announced the authorization of big game rifle hunting in Livingston County.

July 22, 2014
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Wayne Hale of Medina named to Canal Recreationway Commission

Senator George Maziarz is pleased to announced that Wayne Hale of Medina has been appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as a member of the New York State Canal Recreationway Commission.  Hale has worked as Director of the Orleans County Planning and Development Department since 1986, Tourism Project Director for Orleans County’s I Love NY Program since 1992, and Manager of the Orleans County Marine Park since 1998.

Senator Maziarz said, “Wayne is a consummate professional who is widely respected across the state for his experience and wisdom relating to tourism and planning matters.  He will be a great Orleans County voice and I was proud to recommend him for appointment to this important panel.”

July 16, 2014
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Sen. Krueger Discusses the Airbnb Controversy with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate

Liz joined Leonard Lopate to discuss the controversy over Airbnb in New York City, what’s legal, what’s not, and why. Audio available here

July 14, 2014
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GETTING HOOKED ON FISHING IN CNY, NNY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Whether it’s on the mighty St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, or any of the other many bodies of water that dot our region, there’s not much that’s better than casting your line on a summer day. 

Not only is fishing a way of life here in Central and Northern New York, it’s also a major economic driver; helping to reel in $1.8 billion annually for our state.  While this industry helps to create jobs and has a significant impact on our bottom line, there’s still plenty of room for growth and countless opportunities for attracting even more sportsmen to our region. 

July 14, 2014
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One of the summer's great events, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, begins tonight at Watkins Glen International

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, one of the region's and state's great events, kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend at Watkins Glen International.

Find out more on the event's website, www.flwinefest.com.

Read more in:

The Leader, '90 wineries to pour samples at this weekend's Finger Lakes Wine Fest'

July 11, 2014
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Goshen Historic Track Celebrates 104th Year of Grand Circuit Racing

Senator Bonacic joins Steve Jones, President of the Historic Racing Track Board (center); and Board Member, John Manzi, at the Goshen Historic Track's 104th Year of Grand Circuit Racing on July 2, 2014.  The Goshen Race Track, which opened in 1838, is the oldest active trotting track in the country.  

July 2, 2014
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A LAP AROUND HISTORIC WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 1--During his visit to Watkins Glen International last weekend as part of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, which included dropping the green flag to start the Continental Tire 150, Senator O'Mara took a ride around the track in a Dallara Daytona Prototype.

July 1, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 TO FIGHT GOOSE BAY WEEDS

Funding Will Help Clear the Bay for Outdoor Recreation

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in special funding to combat invasive weeds on Goose Bay; a top tourist and fishing destination in the North Country.

June 30, 2014
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Senator Bonacic With Richard and Lauren Rowley at the Ribbon-Cutting of Davidge Pool in Middletown

Senator Bonacic attended the ribbon-cutting for the Davidge Park Pool in Middletown.  The cost of rebuilding the pool, closed since 2010, was $1.4 million dollars; the State provided a grant of $450,000 for the project, the City of Middletown provided $750,000, and Richard and Lauren Rowley donated $200,000 to make the pool a reality.

June 30, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $150,000 FOR LOCAL FISHING TOURNEYS

Funding Will Help Promote Events, Raise Awareness of Region’s Waterways

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $150,000 in special funding to support fishing tournaments and boost tourism in the Central and Northern New York regions.  The funding will support 15 tournaments, including nine in St. Lawrence, four in Jefferson and two in Oswego County.

Included in the funding is support for  the 2014 BASS Eastern Divisional Championship, which will take place in September in Waddington as well as funding for the NYS BASS Masters tournament, which will be held in August in Ogdensburg.

“Here in Central and Northern New York, our rivers, lakes and streams are phenomenal natural resources that not only offer world-class opportunities for fishing, they also attract tourists to our area, boosting our local economy and creating jobs,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 26, 2014
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Albany Times Union Agrees with Sen. Krueger on ATV Bill

The editorial board of the Albany Times Union agreed with Sen. Krueger and recommended that legislation to increase the allowable size of recreational ATVs to 1,500 pounds be put on hold. The editorial was reprinted in at least two other upstate papers, the Times Herald-Record (Hudson Valley) and the Recorder (Montgomery County).

June 24, 2014
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Seward Bills For Cortland County Receive Senate Backing

ALBANY, 06/18/14 – The New York State Senate has passed a pair of bills sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) with special meaning to Cortland County.

Senate bill 7059 would allow county clerks to receive and retain maps utilizing electronic means.

June 19, 2014
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Griffo Bill Provides Needed Oversight for Amateur MMA

ALBANY – The New York State Senate has passed a bill (S.4877) that would, for the first time, establish rules and regulations for amateur mixed martial arts bouts.

June 18, 2014
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Waterfront revitalization bills pass Legislature

The State Senate and Assembly have approved five bills designating Chateaugay Lake,  Little Ausable River, Great Chazy River, Schroon River and Battenkill as inland waterways making the communities along these water bodies eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

The bills were proposed by Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Assemblyman Dan Stec at the request of local officials.

June 17, 2014
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SENATE PASSES RITCHIE-GRIFFO UTV BILL

Measure Would Allow Side-by-Sides on NY Trails

The State Senate gave approval today to a bill striking down New York’s one-of-a-kind ban on popular side-by-side all-terrain vehicles. The measure is sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie and Joe Griffo.

The bill (S.1946-A) would raise the weight limit for ATVs to 1,500 pounds, from the current 1,000 pounds, an outdated limit that has prevented virtually all of the side-by-side units, knows as UTVs, from being legally used on trails in the state.

A companion bill in the State Assembly has been moving through committees, and could come to a vote later this week, before the scheduled end of this year’s legislative session. The bill is currently in the Ways and Means Committee.

“State leaders are going all out to encourage New Yorkers to explore the great outdoors, but outdated laws prevent them from using UTVs that are wildly popular in every other state in the nation, to visit the ever-increasing network of trails that are being designed and built especially for these vehicles,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 16, 2014
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Senators Unite To Protect Second Amendment & Stop Microstamping

ALBANY – A majority of the members of the New York State Senate Codes Committee have today indicated their strong opposition to legislation (S.68A/A.3244A) requiring the microstamping of ammunition.

June 12, 2014
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SENATE OKs RITCHIE BILL TO PUT ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINES ON THE MAP

Newest Wine Trail to Draw Tourists, Create Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s plan to create a “St. Lawrence Wine Trail,” highlighting for tourists and local residents the growing number of wineries and quality wines produced in the North Country, was approved by the Senate today. The bill (S.6321) now goes to the Governor for his signature.

June 12, 2014
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