Issues: State Parks

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR JOSÉ M. SERRANO RE: LEGISLATION THAT WILL OPEN PARKS IN TIME FOR SUMMER

"Due to the late state budget, we are in serious jeopardy of losing our summer parks season. Pools, beaches and lakes should now be hiring lifeguards, summer camps should be opening for registration, and parks should be undergoing maintenance in preparation for the months to come. However, as budget negotiations continue, parks are in a state of limbo without sufficient funds to begin preparations for the summer.

May 10, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Calls For Opening Of Kings Park Marina

Please click on the image above to access a copy of this letter.

May 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, May 5, 2010 Room 801 LOB

THE COMMITTEE WILL BE ADDRESSED BY: Edward Maitino, Managing Dir., NYS Div. of Marketing, Ad and Tourism; and Members of the Tourism Advisory Council

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May 5, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Meeting of Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee- April 21, 2010

The Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation met on April 21, 2010 to discuss State Parks, Historic Sites, and Tourism.

April 22, 2010
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Sen. Aubertine Named New York Snowmobile Association 2010 Legislator of the Year

After speaking to a packed house at the Liverpool Holiday Inn, Sen. Aubertine posed for a picture with riders from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

April 17, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Honored For Efforts To Preserve Caleb Smith Park

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently presented with an award of appreciation by the members of the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve for his efforts to help them preserve this natural wonder.  The organization, which works in conjunction with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to make the preserve a community resource, was especially grateful for Senator Flanagan’s efforts to help the

April 16, 2010
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GRIFFO URGES PARKS OFFICIALS: ‘GET CREATIVE’ TO AVERT CLOSINGS

(Albany) - State Senator Joseph A Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called on parks officials to “get creative” in identifying ways to prevent closing parks and campgrounds just weeks before the start of the busy tourist and travel seasons.With the state budget nearly two weeks late, parks officials were again warning that they will close or severely cut back operations at 77 facilities across the state, including a large number in Central and Northern New York, even as they acknowledged the closings would have a serious impact on local economies.

April 16, 2010
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Hearing

A Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee hearing concerning the potential closure of parks.  This hearing took place on 4/8/10.

April 16, 2010
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Hearing (clip)

A Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee hearing concerning the potential closure of parks.  This hearing took place on 4/8/10.

April 16, 2010
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Serrano and Englebright Urge Governor to Fund Parks

Today Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Steve Englebright (D- Setauket) released a letter sent by them to Governor David A. Paterson urging him to adequately fund State Parks in the FY 2010-2011 Executive Budget to prevent park closures throughout the state. The lawmakers, who have been at the forefront of the issue of protecting State Parks and Historic Sites during the current budget season, expressed concern for not only the long-term fate of these public spaces, but for their well-being during the budget negotiation process. 

April 15, 2010
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WIVB: Senate dems committed to saving parks

On Monday, the Majority Conference unanimously voted for a budget resolution which restored all $11.5 million of the Governor’s budget cuts to parks operations. If enacted, the cut would have resulted in the closure of 57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks.

April 13, 2010
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Senator Serrano And Majority Conference Urge Compliance To Maintain Federal Parks Funding

Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and the Senate Majority Conference announced opposition today to the National Parks Service’s threat to withhold federal funding as a result of the Governor’s proposal to close facilities within the State parks system. The Majority -- who led the fight against proposed cuts to parks funding, which would have closed dozens of locations -- urged the Governor to work with the federal Administration to determine a plan of action which maintains parks operations and does not endanger federal monies. 

April 12, 2010
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Senator Serrano and Majority Conference Urge Compliance to Maintain Federal Parks Funding

(Albany, NY)- Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and the Senate Majority Conference announced opposition today to the National Parks Service’s threat to withhold federal funding as a result of the Governor’s proposal to close facilities within the State parks system.The Majority -- who led the fight against proposed cuts to parks funding, which would have closed dozens of locations -- urged the Governor to work with the federal Administration to determine a plan of action which maintains parks operations and does not endanger federal monies.

April 12, 2010
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Niagara Parks Reinvestment Act

STATUS: S2534  MAZIARZ   No Same as ON FILE: 01/06/10 Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation LawTITLE....Enacts the "Niagara parks reinvestment act"

 
 
 

02/23/09
REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION

01/06/10

April 12, 2010
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Meeting of Cultural Affairs Committee 3/8/10

Today Senator Serrano held a Parks Committee meeting with  Carol Ash, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to discuss the possible repercussions of the delayed budget on State Parks.

Serrano also sat for an interview to discuss the current budget crisis, and how it has affected State Parks. "The one thing that everyone agrees upon- Democrats, Republicans, Assemblymembers and Senators, is that we have to save State Parks," said Serrano.CLICK HERE for audio of entire interview.

April 8, 2010
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STATE OFFICIALS AGREE TO CHANGE NAME OF LEATHERSTOCKING REGION

(Utica) - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/IP/C - Rome) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D-Rome) announced that New York State, for tourism purposes, will be officially retiring the designation “Central Leatherstocking Region” and renaming the seven county area as “Central New York”.

The formerly known “Central Leatherstocking Region” encompasses the seven upstate counties of Broome, Chenango, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie. 

April 5, 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, Thursday , April 8, 2010 Room 801 LOB

April 8, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Senate Majority Acts to Save Long Island's Parks

Sen. Foley discuses the Senate Majority's plans to save state parks on Long Island and throughout New York State. To learn more about Sen. Foley's work on saving Long Island's parks, click here or visit http://www.nysenate.gov/news/newsday-brentwood-rally-aims-show-support-state-park

March 30, 2010
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