Issues: State Parks

I Love My Park Day - Saturday, May 4th

Do you love our local state parks and want to help keep them beautiful? If so, you might be interested in the second-annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 4. Sponsored by Parks & Trails New York, I Love My Park Day gives volunteers from across the state a chance to help clean up, improve and beautify their local parks.

Events will be taking place at Allegany State Park, the Genesee Valley Greenway, Letchworth State Park and Midway State Park.  For more information and to learn how you can help out, please visit Hopefully you can make it!

April 10, 2013

Volunteer At State Parks For "I Love My Park Day": Registration Now Open For Volunteer Projects On May 4, 2013


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today invited New Yorkers to volunteer at their favorite state park or historic site as part of the second annual “I Love My Park Day” on May 4, 2013. Online registration is now open for volunteers who want to support clean-up and beautification efforts at sites across the state, including areas that sustained much damage from Superstorm Sandy. To register, go to

April 8, 2013

Information from NYSOPRHP Regarding Implosion of NRSP Smoke Stack and Travel Restrictions on Wednesday, March 27th.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that due to the smoke stack implosion at Nissequogue River State Park, several travel restrictions will be in effect surrounding Nissequogue River State Park.  Road closures will be enforced at the following locations:

•Old Dock Road from St. Johnland road to Flynn Road•Sections of Kings Park Boulevard •Hike & Bike Trail from Flynn Road to the Tiffany Field Soccer Field

March 26, 2013

Senator Jeff Klein Announces Release of $646,271 Grant for Village of Pelham Wolfs Lane Park

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Village of Pelham Mayor Ed Hotchkiss, Deputy Mayor Geoff Lewis and Pelham Trustees, Suzie Marciona, Adam Kagan and Paul McGoldrich in announcing the release of $646,271 in capitol grant funds for improvements to Wolfs Lane Park.


Senator Klein deemed the grant a “boost for the Village of Pelham and for the community at large. I believe that this funding will allow the park to better serve the residents – particularly the children - of Pelham. Parks bring communities together and the investment in Wolfs Lane Park improvements now will give Pelham a place of beauty, recreation and community building for many years to come.”


March 11, 2013

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013

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 , February 28, 2013 Room 309 LOB

February 28, 9:30 AM - 9:38 AM

Senate Jeff Klein Joins North Bronx Girl Scouts for Ice Skating Event Commemorating 100 Year Anniversary

VAN CORTLANDT PARK, BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein joined Girl Scouts from the North Bronx 124 Service Unit yesterday for “Girl Scouts on Ice,” an afternoon event at the new Van Cortlandt Park Ice-Skating Rink. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Riverdale, pictured on the right) and New York City Council candidate, Andrew Cohen, were also in attendance. At the event, Senator Klein distributed patches commemorating the 100 year anniversary of Girl Scouts of Greater New York. Girl Scouts from all levels of scouting; grades K-12 attended the event.

February 5, 2013

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013

Gantry Park Tosses Dog Owners a Bone With All-Day Access for Pooches

Senator Gianaris helped increase dogs' acces to Gantry State Plaza, which wrote about in the story below. Last year, Senator Gianaris helped renovate the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in LIC to ensure our four-legged friends have a pleasant environment to spend time.

LONG ISLAND CITY — It’s barking news for LIC dogs!

Neighborhood pooches and their owners can now enjoy strolling along Pier 1 in Gantry Plaza State Park all day after the state Parks Department quietly revised its policy — a major victory for dog owners.

Previously, dog owners had been able to walk their pets on the pier, a popular area for dog-lovers, only from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

November 14, 2012

Senator Serrano Participates in the the Harlem River Festival at Robert Clemente Park

Senator Serrano joined community residents, environmental organizations, and other elected officials at Robert Clemente State park for the third annual Harlem River Festival. The festival was hosted by the Harlem River Working Group, and included activities ranging from boat rides, water conferences on sustaining clean water for Harlem River, and an open forum allowing community residents to engage with elected officials. 

“This park brings much needed green space and Harlem River waterfront access to members of our community” said Senator Serrano. “Robert Clemente Park is a great recreational space for families to come together, for children to play, and for the community to stay active,” continued Serrano.

October 21, 2012

Senator Serrano Participates in the 5th Annual "It's My Park Day" Event

For the fifth consecutive year, Senator Serrano participated in “It’s My Park Day,” an event organized by William Casari from Friends of Franz Sigel Park and local community organization Bronx is Blooming. This fall, the Senator and his family helped clean up Franz Sigel Park in the Bronx, where they picked up garbage, dug soil, and planted bulbs.

Senator Serrano joined volunteers at this event to mulch and water trees, plant bulbs, and participate in the general cleanup of the park. Senator Serrano has been a long time advocate for the preservation of parks and currently serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, and sits on the Committee for Environmental Conservation.

October 21, 2012

Senator Serrano Participates in the Annual Reception of Parks & Trails New York

Senator José M. Serrano was invited as a special guest at the annual reception of Parks & Trails New York. In 2010, Senator Serrano was honored at the annual event with the George W. Perkins “Parks Champion” award, for his continued advocacy on behalf of New York’s State Parks.

Among this year’s honorees was Governor Andrew Cuomo. The award recipients were commemorated for their dedication to understanding the importance of believing in, investing, and rebuilding New York’s extensive parks and trails facilities.

October 18, 2012

New York Works to fund improvements at Robert H. Treman State Park

Ithaca, N.Y., October 18--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will build and renovate the playground area at Robert Treman State Park. The park improvements are funded with $125,000 from the New York Works initiative.“It is important that children have a safe and engaging place to play, and these NY Works projects will give them just that in state parks across New York,” said Cuomo.

October 18, 2012


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will build and renovate playground areas at ten state Parks across Long Island. The park improvements are funded with $1.35 million from the Governor’s New York Works initiative.

“It is important that children have a safe and engaging place to play, and these NY Works projects will give them just that in State Parks across New York,” said Governor Cuomo. “The numbers tell the story of more and more people visiting the parks, and I encourage everyone to visit these new and improved areas inside the state parks as well as the beauty that New York has to offer.”

October 18, 2012

Senator Serrano Celebrates the Dedication of the FDR Memorial

Senator José M. Serrano today participated in the celebration of the completion of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. This event was sponsored by the Four Freedoms Park Observatory, with special guests at the dedication ceremony including former President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel, and American television Journalist Tom Brokaw. 

October 17, 2012

Sally Marsh Recognized by Senator Young

Sally Marsh holds a proclamation from Senator Young recognizing her for 41 years as coordinator of the weekly Hootenanny at Allegany State Park. The Hootenanny takes place every Thursday during the summer and started as an opportunity for park visitors to enjoy music around a campfire. The event has grown in popularity and has moved to the Quaker area Amphitheater to accommodate the hundreds of participants. Sally Marsh brings her enthusiastic love of music to the event. Her interaction with the crowd of young children, teens, parents and retirees results in hours of singing, acting, dancing and clapping. Sally is truly an ambassador of Allegany State Park (photo provided by Jo Patterson)

September 6, 2012

Kings Park Demolition Begins


New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey today announced that demolition work began today on a $6.4 million project to demolish abandoned buildings and related structures at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center in Smithtown, Suffolk County. Building 123, a 20,000-square-foot brick kitchen and dining hall with a collapsed roof, will be the first of 15 buildings to be removed.

“It’s gratifying to see this long-awaited project is moving forward,” said Harvey. “Governor Cuomo and the Legislature are committed to building stronger communities and revitalizing our economy, and this project is a great example of how they have New York State on the right track.”  

August 13, 2012


     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick, pictured right) and Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick, pictured left) today joined with New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald and New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey in announcing a project that will improve bike access to Jones Beach.

June 28, 2012


Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) joined with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in announcing the week of June 2-10, 2012 as National Fishing and Boating Week. 

“I encourage everyone to take advantage of all the lakes and rivers that New York has to offer,” said Senator Larkin. “With the summer fast approaching, boating and fishing are a few of the many activities that the whole family can enjoy together.”

June 4, 2012

Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Room 309 LOB

June 5, 9:30 AM - 9:52 AM
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