Issues: State Parks

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.

File: 
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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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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PROJECTS TO UPGRADE STATE PARKS, HISTORIC SITES AND A SKI FACILITY IN THE HUDSON VALLEY ARE ANNOUNCED

$34 Million Investment for Repair Projects

A $34 million investment for NY Works projects to upgrade and repair nine parks, two historic sites and one ski facility in the Hudson Valley was announced by the Governor's office today.

New York Works is designed to reinvent state economic development with innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure. The Task Force will help create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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State Budget Deal Meets Upstate Needs

ALBANY, 03/27/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the state budget agreement:

“The announced budget agreement sets New York on course to approve an on time spending plan for a second consecutive year.  More than the timeliness, the plan meets upstate needs, provides incentives for private sector job growth and closes a $3.5 billion budget gap without raising taxes.

“One item I fought hard for was funding for our rural, low-wealth school districts and additional aid was included in the final agreement.  Community colleges also benefited, ensuring quality, affordable higher education for our young people.

March 27, 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. Little, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Room 309 LOB

March 20, 9:30 AM - 9:37 AM
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