Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Griffo Bill Provides Needed Oversight for Amateur MMA

ALBANY – The New York State Senate has passed a bill (S.4877) that would, for the first time, establish rules and regulations for amateur mixed martial arts bouts.

June 18, 2014
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Waterfront revitalization bills pass Legislature

The State Senate and Assembly have approved five bills designating Chateaugay Lake,  Little Ausable River, Great Chazy River, Schroon River and Battenkill as inland waterways making the communities along these water bodies eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

The bills were proposed by Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Assemblyman Dan Stec at the request of local officials.

June 17, 2014
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SENATE PASSES RITCHIE-GRIFFO UTV BILL

Measure Would Allow Side-by-Sides on NY Trails

The State Senate gave approval today to a bill striking down New York’s one-of-a-kind ban on popular side-by-side all-terrain vehicles. The measure is sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie and Joe Griffo.

The bill (S.1946-A) would raise the weight limit for ATVs to 1,500 pounds, from the current 1,000 pounds, an outdated limit that has prevented virtually all of the side-by-side units, knows as UTVs, from being legally used on trails in the state.

A companion bill in the State Assembly has been moving through committees, and could come to a vote later this week, before the scheduled end of this year’s legislative session. The bill is currently in the Ways and Means Committee.

“State leaders are going all out to encourage New Yorkers to explore the great outdoors, but outdated laws prevent them from using UTVs that are wildly popular in every other state in the nation, to visit the ever-increasing network of trails that are being designed and built especially for these vehicles,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 16, 2014
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Senators Unite To Protect Second Amendment & Stop Microstamping

ALBANY – A majority of the members of the New York State Senate Codes Committee have today indicated their strong opposition to legislation (S.68A/A.3244A) requiring the microstamping of ammunition.

June 12, 2014
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SENATE OKs RITCHIE BILL TO PUT ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINES ON THE MAP

Newest Wine Trail to Draw Tourists, Create Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s plan to create a “St. Lawrence Wine Trail,” highlighting for tourists and local residents the growing number of wineries and quality wines produced in the North Country, was approved by the Senate today. The bill (S.6321) now goes to the Governor for his signature.

June 12, 2014
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RITCHIE HUNTING AND FISHING ‘GIFT CARD’ BILL WINS LEGISLATURE’S OK

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill directing the state to create “gift cards” that can be used for hunting and fishing license and other fees won final approval in the Senate today.

“Hunting , fishing and outdoor sports are traditions that are handed on from generation to generation, and these gift cards will make it easier for parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends to share their love of the outdoors,” said Senator Ritchie.

Last year, the state Department of Environmental Conservation unveiled gift cards that could be used for camping fees at state-run campgrounds.

June 11, 2014
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VALESKY, MINER, MAGNARELLI ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO REPAIR MEACHEM ICE RINK

Senator, Assemblyman Answer Mayor’s Call to Find $460,000 in State Capital Funding for New Ice Surface at Meachem Rink

SYRACUSE, N.Y. –State Senator David J. Valesky, Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, standing in the center of the Meachem ice rink, announced $460,000 in state funding coming to the City of Syracuse to pay for a replacement of the existing rink with an ice mat. Senator Valesky secured $350,000. An additional $110,000 was received through Assemblyman Magnarelli. The Meachem ice rink closed earlier this year due to malfunctions in the ice cooling system, including pipe corrosion.

June 5, 2014
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SIGN THE PETITION: TELL THE ASSEMBLY TO STOP BLOCKING UTV's IN NY

I'm getting ready to ride, joining fellow outdoor enthusiasts at the weekend's ATV ride in South Colton (St. Lawrence County). I told riders that 3,000 people have already signed my online petition to allow UTVs in New York -- we are the only state that bans their use.

You can join the fight by clicking here and signing the petition.

 

June 2, 2014
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Answers for New Yorkers Concerned or Confused About the Illegal Hotel Law

In recent months, Airbnb and an organization calling itself “Peers” have started a major PR and lobbying campaign to overturn New York’s laws governing short-term rentals. With these businesses and groups circulating misinformation to residents, their own users, and the media, it’s important that we all know what the law is, why it’s important, and what our rights are. Please read on to learn more!

File: 
Q&A on the Illegal Hotel Law for Concerned New Yorkers - Updated May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014
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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  9:00 AM, Thursday, May 29, 2014  Room 309 LOB

May 29, 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
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Senator Kennedy, Lackawanna Leaders Push for State Takeover of South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

With Lackawanna Financially Strained, Kennedy and City Leaders Push Legislation to Secure State Support for South Park & Ridge.

As Kennedy pushes in Senate, Assemblyman Kearns supporting effort in Assembly.

Critical routes through Lackawanna connect residents and visitors to Botanical Gardens, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, waterfront and other important destinations.

May 22, 2014
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Statement on Airbnb Subpoena Agreement

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement on the agreement between the New York Attorney General and Airbnb announced earlier today.

May 21, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS INVITES RESIDENTS TO “DISCOVER LONG ISLAND” TOURISM PROGRAM IN MANHASSET ON JUNE 5TH

     With summer approaching, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is sponsoring a free “Discover Long Island” Tourism Program to inform residents about the many “staycation” attractions on Long Island. The program will take place on Thursday June 5th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Manhasset Public Library (30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset). 

May 20, 2014
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Discover Long Island Tourism Program- Manhasset

     With summer approaching, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is sponsoring a free “Discover Long Island” Tourism Program to inform residents about the many “staycation” attractions on Long Island. The program will take place on Thursday June 5th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Manhasset Public Library (30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset). 

June 5, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Senate Approves Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York State. The bill (S6502), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), would allow single discipline martial arts organizations to hold professional competitions in New York State and gives the state Athletic Commission the jurisdiction to regulate professional mixed martial arts promotions, participants, bouts and exhibitions.

May 14, 2014
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Senate Approves Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York State.

May 13, 2014
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RITCHIE URGES SPORTSMEN TO SIGN HER PETITION TO ALLOW UTVs IN N.Y.

Public Urged to Get Behind Effort as Ritchie Bill Clears Key Legislative Committee

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging sportsmen, seniors and every New Yorker who enjoys the great outdoors to sign her online petition to allow side-by-side UTVs to be legally registered in the state. The petition can be found here.

More than 2,000 members of the public—from across New York State and as far away as Tennessee, Florida and California—have already signed the petition calling on the Assembly to pass Senator Ritchie’s bill (S.1946). Most signers indicated that they were ATV owners.

Senator Ritchie’s bill cleared a key legislative hurdle Tuesday when it was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. The full Senate is expected to act on the bill in the next few weeks.

New York is the only state in the nation that does not allow UTVs to be legally registered and, while the Senate has approved Senator Ritchie’s bill each year for the past three years, the Assembly has failed to act even once.

May 13, 2014
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Statement on Judge Connolly's Decision in Airbnb Subpoena Litigation

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement on Acting Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly's decision in the litigation between the Attorney General and Airbnb:

"Today's decision gives Airbnb a little time, but it looks like that's all it gives them. Judge Connolly ruled for the Attorney General on every substantive point, save a technical issue with the breadth of the subpoena. I'm no lawyer, but this looks like the definition of a pyrrhic victory for Airbnb."

May 13, 2014
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Senator Carlucci & Assemblywoman Galef Inform Constituents New Boating Safety Law Takes Effect

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator David Carlucci announced that a new boating safety law takes effect in New York this week. The law was sponsored by Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Carlucci (Chapter 361 of 2013) and requires all operators of a mechanically propelled boat, born on or after 5/1/96, to hold a boating safety certificate, which would be granted following successful completion of an eight-hour boating safety course. New York State approved courses include those offered by New York State Parks, the U.S.

May 2, 2014
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