Issues: State Parks

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

Senator Gianaris helped increase dogs' acces to Gantry State Plaza, which DNAinfo.com 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
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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 20, 2012
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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 20, 2012
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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
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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
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NY WORKS FUNDS $1.35 MILLION IN NEW AND IMPROVED STATE PARK PLAYGROUNDS ON LONG ISLAND

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
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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
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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
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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
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN McDONOUGH JOIN STATE PARKS & TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONERS IN ANNOUNCING IMPROVED BIKE ACCESS TO JONES BEACH

     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
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN ANNOUNCES NATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING WEEK

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
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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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I Love My Park Day

This Saturday, May 5th, please join other volunteers across the New York State and participate in I Love My Park Day.  Volunteers will clean up, improve, and beautify parks across the State.  Locally, volunteers will meet at Hamlin Beach State Park at 9am to plant flowers and clean the kiosk.  Volunteers will also meet at Wilson-Tuscarora State Park at 11am at the bath house for a trail and beach clean up. 

May 5, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Celebrate our parks and historic sites -- Saturday, May 5

GOVERNOR CUOMO INVITES NEW YORKERS TO VOLUNTEER AT STATE PARKS AS PART OF FIRST "I LOVE MY PARK DAY" THIS SATURDAYRegistration Now Open for Volunteer Projects at Over 35 state parks and historic sites

May 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROVIDE SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS HELPING FOREST RANGERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that allows for the creation of a training program for volunteers interested in assisting the search and rescue operations of state forest rangers. The bill (S.553 will enhance the safety of volunteers and the public during search and rescue operations in the Adirondacks, Catskills and other forested communities across the state.

April 20, 2012
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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, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Room 309 LOB

May 1, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Senator Flanagan Announces State Parks Going Smoke-Free

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is informing residents that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSPRHP) has announced that it will create smoke-free areas in outdoor settings within state parks and historic sites including around playgrounds and pools.

April 13, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

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Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Bright Future For Historic Herkimer Home

HERKIMER, 04/04/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport) today announced continued state funding that will keep General Herkimer Home open and provide for future needs at the historic site.

“When Herkimer Home was threatened last year I vowed to do everything in my power to protect this vital piece of local history,” said Senator Seward. “In 2011, I was able to secure $100,000 in state funding to provide for the immediate needs at Herkimer Home and begin future planning. I am pleased to announce that another $100,000 allocation is included in the 2012-2013 budget securing the future of Herkimer Home.”

April 4, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES FUNDING FOR JONES BEACH IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the recently approved New York State Budget contains $11.75 million in funding to make improvements at Jones Beach.

        The $11.75 million improvement project will help rehabilitate the West bathhouse building and swimming pool, the Jones Beach boardwalk, and electrical and water systems at the Park. The project is part of the New York Works program.

April 4, 2012
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