Issues: Recreation and Tourism

NASCAR returns to The Glen for the Cheez-It 355 ~ August 6-9, 2015 ~ Find out more

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"

Find out more on www.theglen.com

August 4, 2015
Read more...

FOCUSING ON FISHING IN NEW YORK STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

August 3, 2015
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

MAKING SUMMER MEMORIES AT NEW YORK STATE PARKS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 13, 2015
Read more...

Belleayre Resort Project Receives Go-Ahead

ONEONTA, 07/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the NYSDEC decision to issue permits associated with the The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park: 

July 13, 2015
Read more...

SAFE Act Ammunition Database Suspended

For Release: Immediate, July 10, 2015

            ALBANY - State Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader John Flanagan, have reached agreement with Governor Andrew Cuomo to make administrative changes to the SAFE Act, suspending the ammunition database and background check, announced Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-57th District).

            The memorandum of understanding (MOU), which mirrors part of a SAFE Act reform bill passed in the Senate, has been signed by Senator Flanagan and Jim Malatros, Governor Cuomo’s Director of State Operations.

July 10, 2015
Read more...

The 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy at Watkins Glen International ~ July 10, 11 and 12 ~ Wine, cheese, bands and take a ride around the famous track in an official WGI pace car!

Watkins Glen, N.Y.--The 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy kicks off on Friday, July 10, at the USA's #1 NASCAR Track, Watkins Glen International

It's a three-day, showcase event for some of the region's best wines, cheese and other culinary offerings at one of the region's premier venues.  

There'll be wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, more than 25 bands -- and as an added attraction, take a ride around the famous track in an official WGI pace car! 

July 9, 2015
Read more...

SENATOR BONACIC HELPS BREAK GROUND ON NEW ROSENDALE POOL

(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined Town of Rosendale Supervisor Jeanne Walsh, members of the Rosendale Town Board, and local community members at a ground breaking ceremony yesterday at the new Rosendale Pool, where he also delivered remarks. Three years ago it was determined by the Town that the pool had deteriorated so much that it could not be opened for the summer. The cost of fixing the pool was set at $1.5 million.

July 9, 2015
Read more...

RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 TO IMPROVE PLAYGROUND AT HISTORIC THOMPSON PARK

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced $50,000 in special funding to help upgrade the wooden playground at Watertown’s historic Thompson Park. 

The wooden playground, which sits atop Thompson Park—an Olmsted park designed by the group led by Frederick Law Olmsted, which was responsible for designing New York City’s Central Park, Boston Commons, the very first State Park in the nation at Niagara Falls and other famous spaces—has been in existence for nearly three decades and has recently begun to show its age.

July 8, 2015
Read more...

Great American Weekend 2015

 Senator Bonacic and his wife Pat stopped by Great American Weekend in Goshen this past Sunday to visit vendors and check out the exhibits that were set up. While it may have rained on Saturday, the weather on Sunday was spectacular. The Annual Great American Weekend is held every Fourth of July weekend in Goshen, and draws thousands of visitors. In addition to the hundreds of vendors that are set up downtown, the Goshen Historic Tracks holds a full four days of racing.

July 6, 2015
Read more...
Syndicate content