Issues: State Parks

Senate Majority Committed To Saving Our Parks

Senate Democrats Preserve Recreational Facilities and Bolster Small Businesses

(Albany, NY) Today, the Senate Majority and advocates stood together in support of State 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.

March 24, 2010
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Sen. Aubertine Fighting to Keep State Parks Open

 

Senate Majority Committed To Saving Our Parks

Senate Democrats Preserve Recreational Facilities and Bolster Small Businesses

 

March 24, 2010
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Senate Majority Committed To Saving Our Parks

Senate Democrats Preserve Recreational Facilities and Bolster Small Businesses

Today, the Senate Majority and advocates stood together in support of State Parks. 

March 24, 2010
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SENATOR COMMENTS ON LETTER FROM LI REGIONAL STATE PARKS COMMISSION

“The possible closing of New York State Parks is the wrong strategy at the wrong time.  We are struggling through tough economic times and our local parks are often the only affordable getaway for many residents.  

March 18, 2010
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NYS Senate Westchester Delegation to Hold Hearings on Executive Budget for 2010-11

 

In an effort to more effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of their constituents, the five New York senators representing Westchester County will convene a public hearing to assess the priorities and impacts of Governor Paterson’s proposed SFY 2010-2011 budget on the residents, communities, organizations and elected officials of Westchester.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer chairs the Westchester Senate delegation, which includes Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jeff Klein, Vincent Leibell, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

 

March 11, 2010
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Parks in the News...

The successful bipartisan press conference and rally on State Parks on March 3rd, received a great deal of support as well as attention for the issue of Parks cuts on a city, state, and national level. 

March 5, 2010
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Stachowski Calls For Parks Funding In Budget

        In a press conference outside the Senate Chamber today, Senator William T. Stachowski (D-C, Lake View), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, voiced his strong opposition to the devastating cuts to State Parks in Governor David A. Paterson's Executive Budget proposal.

March 3, 2010
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Serrano, Englebright, Colleagues, and Advocates Call on Governor Paterson to Restore Funding for State Parks and Historic Sites

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D- Setauket), Chairmen of the Assembly and Senate Committees overseeing State Parks, convened a bipartisan press conference on Wednesday to discuss the devastating cuts to Parks in Governor David A. Paterson's proposed Executive Budget for FY 2010-11. Alongside colleagues and Parks advocates from across the state, they called on the Governor to restore a minimum of $11.3 million in operating aid for State Parks to the final state budget in order to prevent unprecedented park closures.

March 3, 2010
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Legislators, Advocates Call On Governor Paterson To Restore Funding For State Parks And Historic Sites

Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D- Setauket), Chairs of the Assembly and Senate Committees overseeing State Parks, joined with colleagues from both sides of the aisle and advocates on Wednesday to discuss and oppose the devastating cuts to parks in Governor David A. Paterson’s proposed Executive Budget for FY 2010-11.

March 3, 2010
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SAVE OUR PARKS! Rally

-State parks and historic sites generate $1.9 billion anually in economic activity.

- For every $1 the state spends on parks, it gets back $5.

-Now more than ever, when families cannot afford vacation, state parks play an even more vital role in providing recreation and enjoyment of the outdoors.

- These are tough times, but the marinal amount of savings provided by park closings would be dwarfed by the impact on quality of life and economic activity.

March 6, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Senator Flanagan Calls On New York State To Keep Its Commitment To The Future Of Nissequogue River State Park

In an effort to protect the work of the Kings Park community, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has demanded the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash guarantee that the current financial problems facing the state will not be used as an excuse to reverse their obligation to rehabilitate the expanded Nisseguogue River State Park.

March 1, 2010
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Newsday: Brentwood rally aims to show support for state park

Surrounded by a crowd of some 250 youth soccer players and their families Sunday at Brentwood State Park, state Sen. Brian Foley sent a message he hoped Gov. David A. Paterson will hear.

February 24, 2010
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Sen. Foley & Advocates Rally to Save Long Island's Parks

Nearly 300 park goers from local communities joined State Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) at a rally to support Long Island’s parks. The rally came in response to Gov. Paterson’s proposed cuts targeting state parks in order to fix the budget deficit.

February 22, 2010
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Senator Valesky's Statement on Proposed Parks Closures

In addition to providing Central New York families with affordable, safe recreational opportunities, our state parks and historical sites are also economic development engines in our communities. Complete closure of these facilities will accomplish little in savings and will serve to further stagnate the Upstate economy.

February 19, 2010
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GRIFFO SAYS TAKE A LONG LOOK BEFORE LOOKING TO CLOSE PARKS

Senator Griffo’s Statement on Parks Budget Cut Proposal

February 19, 2010
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Senator Serrano Urges Leaders to Restore State Parks Funding

Governor David A. Patterson's proposed budget significantly slashes funding for New York State Parks. If the proposed budget is enacted, 40 parks will undergo service reductions, and 91 State Parks and Historic Sites will be forced to close.

Senator José M. Serrano, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, has distributed the sign-on letter below- addressed to legislative leadership- to all members of the New York State Senate. He has garnered bipartisan support in favor of restoring funds for State Parks.

February 16, 2010
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Griffo Says That Snow Job is Unacceptable

GRIFFO SAYS THAT SNOW JOB IS UNACCEPTABLE

State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today condemned the Governor’s Budget proposal to “sweep” $5 million dollars from the snowmobile trail development and maintenance fund into the general fund over the next several years. 

February 16, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE OPPOSES PARK CLOSINGS

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle called the closing of New York State Parks “the wrong strategy at the wrong time.  It is a bad move, particularly in tough economic times when ‘staycations’ are quickly becoming the only affordable getaway for many of our residents.  

February 12, 2010
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