Issues: State Parks

Senator Serrano Visits Aquatics Facility at Roberto Clemente State Park

Senator Serrano , Former Parks Commissioner Carol Ash, Acting Commissioner Andy Beers, Regional Director Rachel Gordon, and Roberto Clemente Park Manager Frances Rodriguez

October 6, 2010
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Funding available for park and trail groups

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

October 1, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR.ON NYS ATTORNEY GENERAL & COMPTROLLER SIGNING OFF ON AQUEDUCT GENTING BID

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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September 13, 2010
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September 27, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Lawmakers: The Parks Won't Close, So Give Us Money for Now

Albany Times Union

Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010

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July 29, 2010
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Opened or Closed?

The Post-Journal

Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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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.

July 29, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON VETO OF SCHWENK MEMORIAL NATURE PRESERVE LEGISLATION

“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.

July 21, 2010
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New York Parks Offer Summer Time Fun

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.

July 8, 2010
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National Park and Recreation Month

Dear Constituents:

 Our summer vacations are beginning, taking advantage of pleasant weather and longer daylight hours. Therefore, ever since 1985, July has been called Park and Recreation Month.

July 1, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Jose M. Serrano, Chair Monday, June 21, 2010 Off-the-floor

June 21, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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NYS Senator Stewart-Cousins on State Parks Legislation

New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaks on the Senate's approval of legislation that clears the way for the reopening of New York State Parks.

June 10, 2010
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Serrano Thrilled with Memorial Day Weekend Attendance at State Parks

"I am so thrilled and excited to learn of the major increase in park attendance that we are currently seeing. Now more than ever, we should recognize the significance that State Parks hold for the people of New York," stated Senator José M. Serrano after the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that with 1.17 million visitors over Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31), attendance at State Parks soared by 245,296 visitors. This translates to a 17 percent increase from the 2009 holiday weekend.  

June 4, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Jose M. Serrano, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Room 801 LOB

June 9, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Senator Foley, Assemblyman Ramos Host Parks Rally

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D – Central Islip) celebrated the passage of legislation that will keep state parks open for the remainder of the year by hosting a rally at Brentwood State Park with community members and advocates for the parks.

June 3, 2010
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SENATOR JOSE PERALTA FULFILLS PROMISE TO NEW YORK’S FAMILIES & KEEPS PARKS OPEN

(Albany, NY) Every state park and historic site will be open Memorial Day weekend, the entire summer and well into next year Senator Jose Peralta (D, Queens) announced. After taking a stand to protect parks earlier this year when the Governor proposed dramatic cuts, Senate Democrats were able to negotiate an agreement to restore full funding for all parks, fulfilling their promise to keep parks, campgrounds, historic sites and botanical gardens open for New York’s families.

May 29, 2010
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