Issues: Recreation and Tourism

MAKING SUMMER MEMORIES AT NEW YORK STATE PARKS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 13, 2015
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Belleayre Resort Project Receives Go-Ahead

ONEONTA, 07/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the NYSDEC decision to issue permits associated with the The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park: 

July 13, 2015
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SAFE Act Ammunition Database Suspended

For Release: Immediate, July 10, 2015

            ALBANY - State Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader John Flanagan, have reached agreement with Governor Andrew Cuomo to make administrative changes to the SAFE Act, suspending the ammunition database and background check, announced Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-57th District).

            The memorandum of understanding (MOU), which mirrors part of a SAFE Act reform bill passed in the Senate, has been signed by Senator Flanagan and Jim Malatros, Governor Cuomo’s Director of State Operations.

July 10, 2015
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The 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy at Watkins Glen International ~ July 10, 11 and 12 ~ Wine, cheese, bands and take a ride around the famous track in an official WGI pace car!

Watkins Glen, N.Y.--The 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy kicks off on Friday, July 10, at the USA's #1 NASCAR Track, Watkins Glen International

It's a three-day, showcase event for some of the region's best wines, cheese and other culinary offerings at one of the region's premier venues.  

There'll be wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, more than 25 bands -- and as an added attraction, take a ride around the famous track in an official WGI pace car! 

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC HELPS BREAK GROUND ON NEW ROSENDALE POOL

(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined Town of Rosendale Supervisor Jeanne Walsh, members of the Rosendale Town Board, and local community members at a ground breaking ceremony yesterday at the new Rosendale Pool, where he also delivered remarks. Three years ago it was determined by the Town that the pool had deteriorated so much that it could not be opened for the summer. The cost of fixing the pool was set at $1.5 million.

July 9, 2015
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 TO IMPROVE PLAYGROUND AT HISTORIC THOMPSON PARK

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced $50,000 in special funding to help upgrade the wooden playground at Watertown’s historic Thompson Park. 

The wooden playground, which sits atop Thompson Park—an Olmsted park designed by the group led by Frederick Law Olmsted, which was responsible for designing New York City’s Central Park, Boston Commons, the very first State Park in the nation at Niagara Falls and other famous spaces—has been in existence for nearly three decades and has recently begun to show its age.

July 8, 2015
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Great American Weekend 2015

 Senator Bonacic and his wife Pat stopped by Great American Weekend in Goshen this past Sunday to visit vendors and check out the exhibits that were set up. While it may have rained on Saturday, the weather on Sunday was spectacular. The Annual Great American Weekend is held every Fourth of July weekend in Goshen, and draws thousands of visitors. In addition to the hundreds of vendors that are set up downtown, the Goshen Historic Tracks holds a full four days of racing.

July 6, 2015
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EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES, TRAIL BY TRAIL

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 6, 2015
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AMEDORE BILL TO ALLOW BIG GAME RIFLE HUNTING IN SCHENECTADY COUNTY SIGNED INTO LAW

 

Legislation (S.5316) that would authorize the use of rifles to hunt big game in Schenectady County, advanced by Senator George Amedore, was today signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

July 6, 2015
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Senator Young Announces State Funding to Clean and Preserve Chautauqua Lake

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) has announced that she secured state assistance for invasive species prevention for Chautauqua Lake.

 

As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained a $100,000 grant for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), to support the organization’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species that can wreak havoc on the lake if not controlled.

 

July 1, 2015
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Action Taken to Address Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Crisis

Focus is on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases

 

ALBANY – Improvements to the methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, along with legislation to help stop the spread of the deer tick population, recently passed the state Senate.

 

The legislative package was the result of work done by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, to which Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was appointed earlier this year, and is aimed at addressing the rising public health crisis.

 

June 24, 2015
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RITCHIE CALLS FOR REOPENING OF SELKIRK SHORES SWIMMING BEACH

Senator Cites Need for Improving Services at Park, Drawing More Visitors to CNY Region 

As summer begins, State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on New York State to reopen the swimming beach at Oswego County’s Selkirk Shores State Park.

Due to budget cuts in 2010—before Senator Ritchie took office—the park’s swimming beach was closed, forcing visitors to travel 10 miles to Sandy Island, with no pedestrian trail linking the two parks. 

 “While Selkirk Shores boasts everything from hiking trails and camping sites to opportunities for fishing and boating, one of the things it no longer offers is a swimming beach,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 24, 2015
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June 23, 2015
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Just Ahead - Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway

ALBANY, 06/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored establishing the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.  Senator Seward’s bill (S.5687) adds portions of New York State Routes 28, 42, and 214 in Delaware and Ulster counties to the New York State Scenic Byways System.

June 23, 2015
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Sen. Griffo debates bill to legalize Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in NY

Watch Senator Griffo debate his bill (S5949A) on the floor of the Senate that would legalize mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York State. It was later passed by the Senate. 

June 23, 2015
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Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway Set to Expand into Cattaraugus County

Expansion of the byway will promote economic development and community pride

 

ALBANY – The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB), which currently runs through the Towns of Aurora, Boston, Colden, Concord, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Springville, will soon be expanding into Cattaraugus County. Another 37 miles of roadway will be added to the existing byway corridor, bring added attention to northern Cattaraugus County’s resources, thus increasing community pride and boosting the local economy by promoting cultural, historic, and recreational tourism.

 

June 18, 2015
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Finger Lakes Land Trust sponsoring HIKEapalooza! on Saturday, June 20 ~ Find out more, including a list of events in 12 counties

On Saturday, June 20th, the Finger Lakes Land Trust holds HIKEapalooza! -- free outdoor events in each of the 12 counties comprising the Finger Lakes "to celebrate land and water conservation across the region. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking, paddling and volunteering...Get outside with the Land Trust and enjoy the lands you love!!"

CLICK HERE for a list of events, information and directions.

June 18, 2015
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Senate Advances Seward Bill Dubbing Herkimer Diamond The Official State Mineral

ALBANY, 06/17/15 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5866) that would designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), celebrates the distinctive quartz crystals from the Mohawk Valley.

June 17, 2015
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Senator Rev Rubén Díaz in his District Office meeting with Ms. Tashana Williams about the "Soundview Summer Festival"

Senator Rev Rubén Díaz in his District Office meeting with Ms. Tashana Williams about the "Soundview Summer Festival"

June 16, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes Bill to Allow Moose Hunting in NY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed a bill (S-93A) that would allow the hunting of moose in New York State.  The legislation would amend current environmental conservation law to regulate the taking of moose in the same manner as deer hunting. 

June 16, 2015
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