Issues: Recreation and Tourism

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW ACCESSIBLE BOARDWALK COMPLETE AT STEWART STATE FOREST

New Boardwalk Will Provide Increased Access to the Great Swamp

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new accessible boardwalk and trail are now open to the public at Stewart State Forest in Orange County. Two new 400-foot sections of the boardwalk spanning the Great Swamp have been completed, providing visitors increased access to view the swamp habitat and wildlife. The $434,000 project was funded by the NY Works program.

August 20, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC VISITS DELAWARE COUNTY FAIR

(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was pleased to join friends and neighbors yesterday at the annual Delaware County Fair. The Fair, held every year in Walton, NY, and sponsored by the Delaware County Agricultural Society, is one of the largest agricultural fairs in the region, and has an average annual attendance of 80,000. The 6-day event has something for everyone, including live entertainment, livestock contests, tractor and farm equipment displays, carnival rides, delicious food, and a host of local vendors displaying and selling their items.

August 20, 2015
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Flight of Five Project Moves Forward with Second Phase

Governor Cuomo Announces Funding For Restoration of Lockport Locks 

August 17, 2015
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FAST FACTS ABOUT THE FAIR

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

August 17, 2015
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Wine bloggers from throughout the United States and Canada are in Corning from August 13-16 ~ Welcome, and enjoy Finger Lakes wine country!

Beginning today and continuing until Sunday, August 13-16, between 200 and 300 wine bloggers from throughout the United States and Canada will be in Corning for the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference

It's an event most often held on the West Coast, but this year the bloggers will be touring Finger Lakes wine country.

Welcome, and enjoy.

August 13, 2015
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Ortt Rides Antique Tractor in Parade at Niagara County Fair

At the Niagara County Fair, Senator Ortt had the opportunity to ride a John Deere in the Antique Tractor Parade. Pete Ketch of Ketch Farm for loaned the Senator the tractor. Dating back to the 1940s, the fair is a long-standing tradition that celebrates history, agriculture and food. 

August 5, 2015
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Senator Murphy, Assemblyman Buchwald, pass landmark legislation to cleanup Westchester waterways

VALHALLA, NY - Flooding and watershed concerns have plagued Westchester County for years but today Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman David Buchwald announced the signing of measures which will provide crucial funding for local municipalities to address these environmental needs. The legislation, which was signed by Governor Cuomo, adds the first tributaries in Westchester County to New York's list of inland waterways.

August 5, 2015
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Welcome Back! ~ NASCAR returns to The Glen for the Cheez-It 355 ~ August 6-9, 2015 ~ Find out more about this weekend's full lineup of racing and other events

It's one of the year's biggest attractions and there's a full slate of events lined up at Watkins Glen Interational with the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It™ 355 race weekend

For more on WGI's importance, read the following from the Star-Gazette, "The Glen, New York feeling the love"

August 4, 2015
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FOCUSING ON FISHING IN NEW YORK STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

August 3, 2015
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Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

July 31, 2015
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Ortt Meets Fairgoers at Orleans County 4-H Fair

Senator Ortt stopped by the Orleans County 4-H Fair Thursday evening to met up with fairgoers. The fair is a long-standing tradition that celebrates food, agriculture and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. 

July 30, 2015
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Showcasing local agriculture, heritage at this weekend's 23rd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards & the 36th Annual WatkinsGlen/Schuyler County Italian-American Festival ~ Read more

One of the summer's most anticipated festivals take place this weekend.

The 23rd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards is set for August 1-2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satuday and Sunday.  Find out more at http://www.foxrunvineyards.com/

July 29, 2015
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Griffo calls for new notification system regarding low water levels at Hinckley Reservoir

UTICA -- Recently I have received numerous calls from constituents concerned about water levels at the Hinckley Reservoir. This prompted me to contact the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, which confirmed that water levels had indeed been dropping due to a faster-than-normal rate of outflow. I further determined that water was being released from the reservoir at about two to three times the normal rate, which led me to contact the New York State Canal Corporation to explain this significant increase in outflow.

July 24, 2015
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COUNTY CLERKS BACK RITCHIE ATV TRAIL PLAN

See Potential for Increased Tourism, Jobs and Local Government


The state’s County Clerks are backing Senator Patty Ritchie’s new plan to use millions of dollars from ATV registration fees—including fees from now-prohibited side-by-side models—to develop a statewide trail system for ATV riders and other four-season outdoor enthusiasts.

July 23, 2015
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Griffo urges NYS Gaming Commission to be consistent and respect deadlines in latest casino licensing process

UTICA – As the New York State Gaming Commission prepares to issue licenses for new casino facilities in the next several months, state Senator Joseph Griffo is expressing his concerns about recent developments in the casino location process.

In a letter Griffo sent this week to the Gaming Commission, he urged the panel to be thorough and consistent in its process to expand gaming facilities across the state. The Senator’s latest letter was prompted by two recent events in particular that he believes raise questions over how the application process is conducted.

July 21, 2015
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Murphy announce completion of $3.6 million FDR pool modernization

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy today joined state officials in announcing the grand opening of the new $3.6 million entrance plaza at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, which includes a completely revitalized bathhouse facility and welcome area for the park's acre-size pool. The project is part of a larger initiative to rehabilitate and modernize the state park system adopted in this year's state budget, which Murphy supported.

July 17, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $50,000 TO HELP BUILD NEW BANDSTAND IN WADDINGTON

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in funding to help the Village of Waddington construct a new bandstand.  To be built in Whittaker Park, the new bandstand will be used for community events, including large scale national fishing tournaments, which the village has hosted in recent years, as well as concerts and other large events.

“Tourism—especially in the summer months—is a major economic driver in the North Country,” said Senator Ritchie.

“In Waddington, the opportunities for fishing and other sports not only attract tourists, they also boost our local economy and help to create jobs.  I’m pleased to be able to deliver funding for a new bandstand, which will not only help Waddington host large-scale fishing tournaments, but also other events that are important to the local community.”

July 17, 2015
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Sen. Valesky Welcomes 600 Erie Canal Cyclists to Syracuse

Sen. Valesky greeted 600 cyclists on July 15 who are took part in the Erie Canal Tour, an eight-day 400-mile bike tour from Buffalo to Albany. The riders stopped in Syracuse and tented in Burnet Park for the night. The Syracuse stop marked the halfway point, and they were greeted with a celebration at the Rosamund Gifford Zoo.

July 16, 2015
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Sen. Valesky Attends Ribbon Cutting for Sankofa Park

Sen. Valesky was on hand July 14 for the official opening of Sankofa Park, next to the Beauchamp Branch Library on South Salina Street in Syracuse. Area residents, local leaders, and elected officials worked together to determine a better use for the space, which had been an abandoned parking lot. Sen. Valesky secured $450,000 for the project. The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana and means "reach back and get it."

July 16, 2015
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Welcome back New York H.O.G. Rally! ~ Harley-Davidson owners return to the city of Corning for the first rally since 2001 ~ July 16-18 event organized by the Corning H.O.G. Chapter ~ Read more, find schedule of events

Below from The Leader:

CORNING | Roughly 1,000 bikers from across New York and beyond are expected to roll into Corning beginning Thursday.

For the first time since 2001, the city is hosting the New York H.O.G. Rally, an annual gathering of Harley-Davidson owners that will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

July 15, 2015
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