ALBANY, 03/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport ) today announced that the General Herkimer Home historic site will open this year beginning with the rescheduled Sugaring Off Celebration on Sunday, April 17th.
“When it looked like the Herkimer Home would be closed and artifacts shipped out I vowed to do everything in my power to protect this vital piece of local history,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to announce that I was able to secure $100,000 in an agreed upon state budget bill to provide for the immediate needs at Herkimer Home and begin future planning.”
ALBANY, 01/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I – Newport) are working to save Herkimer Home from the state budget chopping block.
“With state park use on a steady rise due to the economic crunch, it makes no sense to shutter Herkimer Home,” stated Senator Seward. “The cost to operate the historic Herkimer County site is low, but the return is high – local businesses receive an economic bump, and the educational value to visitors is priceless.”
"After a year of struggling to keep New York State Parks open, I am pleased to hear that The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced today that park attendance went up by one million visits in 2010. This number not only reflects the enduring popularity of our State Parks but showcases the importance of keeping them open for all New Yorkers who are turning to affordable and convenient destinations for recreation.
On Tuesday, November 16th, Senator José M. Serrano received the George W. Perkins “Parks Champion” award from Parks and Trails New York, for his continued advocacy on behalf of New York’s State Parks. I am honored to receive this prestigious award. Financially, this has been a tough year for parks, and thanks to the hard work of parks advocates such as Parks and Trails New York, elected officials, and most importantly an energized and vocal public, we were able to save our parks for the summer season. This summer saw some of the largest increases in state park usage, reinforcing the fact that parks play an important role in the lives of all New Yorkers.
Grants aim to boost organizational capacityParks & Trails New York is offering a new round of Capacity Building Grants for park and trail groups in New York State. The grants, of up to $3,000, will strengthen not-for-profit organizations that are working to build and protect parks and trails in communities across the state --- helping to not only provide places for close-to-home, healthy physical activity but also generate additional tourist dollars to strengthen local economies. Parks & Trails New York's goal is to enable not-for-profits to better fulfill their missions; improve their reach, effectiveness, and impact; leverage more resources; and increase community support for and involvem
Queens, NY, September 13, 2010 – "Now that the NYS Attorney General and State Comptroller have signed off on the Aqueduct proposal, I am optimistic that the final necessary procedures can be expediently completed, so that we move toward the realization of local jobs and economic benefit from the site. I look forward to working with Genting New York, NYRA and all entities involved for the well-being and interests of our communities."
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Whether closing state parks could mean the loss of federal funding tied to them may depend on how one defines "close." The state previously came up with a list of state parks to be closed as a way to save money. The plan has 41 parks on a closure list including Long Point State Park in Bemus Point. Instead of saving the state money as intended, however, closing the parks could actually cost funds.
“I am extremely frustrated that the Governor vetoed legislation I sponsored in the Senate to create the Edwin (Buzz) M. Schwenk Memorial Preserve. Buzz Schwenk’s was a staple of East End politics and truly deserving of praise.
As families and individuals look for ways to enjoy the wonderful summer weather, people need to look no further than our local state parks. July is Park and Recreation Month across the nation and here in New York we have many great reasons to celebrate.
Our public parks and state lands are among our greatest resources, particularly in upstate, and they fulfill a number of roles. They are a strong source of tourist dollars, drawing people from other parts of New York, neighboring states, and across the nation. Along with generating money for the state, our parks also help support many other businesses, from small grocery stores, to souvenir shops selling locally produced keepsakes, to farm stands offering homegrown fruits and vegetables.