Issues: State Parks


Reviewing Transportation, Environment, Agriculture, Housing
On-Time Budget Eyed for Second Straight Year
State Senator Patty Ritchie has been named to a special Senate budget subcommittee assigned to review the Governor’s proposed budget.

February 2, 2012

Newsday - Low bids, high hopes for Kings Park demolition

By Carl MacGowan - January 25, 2012

January 26, 2012

Senator Flanagan Announces Reappropriation Of Funding For Nissequogue River State Park In Cuomo's Budget

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that over $22.5 million in funding he secured in 2006 for the environmental cleanup of the Nissequogue River State Park has been reappropriated in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget.  The funding was requested by Senator Flanagan in a recent letter to Governor Cuomo and announced as part of the Executive Budget unveiled on January 17th.

A total of $29 million has been secured by Senator Flanagan for Nisseqougue River State Park.  The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has already spent $4 million of those funds on an environmental engineering study and has set aside additional funds related to an upcoming demolition project at the site.

January 20, 2012

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, January 19, 2012 Room 309 LOB

January 19, 9:30 AM - 9:36 AM

Senator Serrano Applauds Governor's State of the State Address

New York, NY -- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed great optimism following today's State of the State address. In particular, he pointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to bring much-needed repairs to 48 state parks and historic sites, and his focus on these as a tool for tourism and economic development."This Governor's proven track record in determining the needs of the state, and his ability to follow through with plans that deliver results has inspired great confidence in both the legislature and the public," said the Senator.In his address, the Governor stated that 83 percent of parks and historic sites are in need of repair, many of the damage having been caused by recent hurricanes Irene and Lee.

January 4, 2012

Legislators back investments in Niagara Falls State Park

Today Assemblyman John Ceretto and Senator George Maziarz voiced their support for increased funding for Niagara Falls State Park, which was announced yesterday at a meeting of New York State Park officials.

December 16, 2011


First St. Lawrence County Resident Named to Panel

State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph A. Griffo today applauded Gov. Cuomo’s selection of the first-ever St. Lawrence County resident to serve on the board of the agency that oversees the sprawling Adirondacks.

November 9, 2011

AT&T Announces Launch Of Free Wi-Fi Service In City Parks

The Queens Gazette reported on AT&T's expansion of free access to their Wi-Fi service in several new parks in New York, including Astoria Park. Senator Gianaris is thrilled that many Western Queens resident will be able to have such access from Astoria Park, as we continue to stay connected in this digital age.

October 27, 2011

Senator Flanagan Announces Step Forward In Cleanup Of Nissequogue River State Park

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) Commissioner Rose Harvey has agreed to utilize a portion of the $29 million in state funding he secured to remediate the expanded Nissequogue River State Park to undertake a major demolition project at the site.  This announcement by the OPRHP was in direct response to a le

October 19, 2011

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Opens Renovated Dog Run

The Queens Gazette wrote about the reopening of the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Blvd. Senator Gianaris had worked on securing enough funds to create such renovations, with other elected officials, DOG LIC, and Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC).

October 13, 2011

Long Island City Dog Run gets second lease on life reported on the recent renovations on the Vernon Blvd. Dog Run in Long Island City.

A dog run off Vernon Boulevard that has for some time been a green-and-brown fenced-off lot will more than double in size and sport numerous amenities after construction finishes.


The updated run will also include drinking fountains for both dogs and people, new lighting, new covered trash cans, railings which will protect the existing trees from dogs and shade structures, Gianaris’ office said.

September 29, 2011

Improvements To Vernon Blvd. Dog Run Announced

 The Queens Gazette wrote about the recently renovated Vernon Blvd. Dog Run, partly implemented by Senator Gianaris. He hopes its long-awaited improvements will benefit Long Island City residents -- and their pets.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Sept. 20 that long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City have begun. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the park.


September 29, 2011

9/21/2011: Senate Committee on State-Native American Relations

Chair: Senator George D. Maziarz

Public Hearing: To discuss economic development issues and potential  partnerships between the Native American Nations and Tribes with New York State

Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, LOB, 2nd Floor, Albany New York

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024

September 26, 2011

Residents Make Last Stand at Final Public Forum on East River Greenway

By Mary Johnson

KIPS BAY — The final public forum to debate the proposed East River Greenway project drew a hefty crowd of more than 300 people on Tuesday night with residents still divided over the best fate for the project.

Most of those present testified in favor of the deal, which could bring to life a project that has been decades in the making: filling in the gaping hole in the East River esplanade from East 38th to 60th streets.

September 21, 2011

Press Conference: Gianaris, Nolan and Van Bramer to Hold Press Conference Announcing Construction on Vernon Blvd Dog Run

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a press conference announcing the start of construction on the Vernon Boulevard dog run on Tuesday, September 20 at 2 pm. The elected officials have been working with Queens West Development Corporation, New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, to renovate and greatly enhance the dog run. The press conference will be held across the street from the dog run, on the west side of Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue.

September 20, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
August 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
July 20, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sen. Espaillat, Environmental Activists Demonstrate Against Dumping of Untreated Sewage into Hudson River and Call for Better Notification System to Protect the Public

State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) called for an end to the disturbing practice of dumping untreated sewage waste, even in extenuating circumstances. Sen. Espaillat, joined by environmental activists following a major accident at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant and the ensuing dumping of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the Hudson River, also called for better notification systems to alert the public in emergency cases where the quality of New York waterways has been compromised.

July 27, 2011


Visit Senator's Website, Cast Your Vote, Help Build Awareness

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting Central and Northern New York residents to nominate the region’s top State Parks.

The Senator has created a survey on her website —— that asks residents to select from nearly two dozen State Parks in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, in an effort to build awareness of tourism and recreational treasures in our own backyard.

July 26, 2011
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