Issues: Recreation and Tourism

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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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 Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Room 332 LOB

THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR.

June 16, 12:30 PM - 12:46 PM
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Art Authenticators

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S1229A) sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury) Chair of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, that provides better legal

June 15, 2015
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Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park Rededication Ceremony

(Dobbs Ferry - June 13th) Dobbs Ferry has done a terrific job of revitalizing its riverfront. On June 13th, the official dedication was held. The Senator has followed the progress for several years now, and is pleased to report that $2.3 million of state funding helped make it all a reality. This park is a wonderful example of a public/private partnership, with Westchester County's $2 million included as well as a local couple's $1 million donation. There is improved access to the majestic Hudson with a boat launch for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Children and families will enjoy playgrounds and picnic areas. A great place to spend some time this summer.

June 14, 2015
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Theresa Bowick, Winner of the Get Outdoors Award

I was pleased to present Theresa Bowick with the Get Outdoors Award from Parks and Trails New York yesterday at the State Capitol. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers, a grassroots neighborhood bicycling group that rides along the El Camino Trail in the northeast part of the City of Rochester. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers in hopes that they will inspire her neighbors to stay active, make healthy food choices, decrease obesity rates and create a positive image of their neighborhood. Congratulations to Theresa, and all of the members of the Conkey Cruisers, and thank you for your commitment to the City of Rochester!

June 11, 2015
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Murphy bill guarantees financial security for Rockefeller State Park Preserve

ALBANY, NY - In 1983, the John D. Rockefeller III Fund made a gift of three million dollars to New York State, to create a permanent endowment to be used for the care and maintenance of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pocantico Hills. State Senator Terrence Murphy today announced passage of legislation he authored which would transfer custodianship of the Endowment from the State Comptroller to the Natural Heritage Trust, which will allow the funds to be invested and grow more aggressively.

June 9, 2015
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RITCHIE PROPOSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE STATEWIDE ATV TRAIL SYSTEM

Uses Rider Fees to Link, Build New Trails; OKs Popular Side-by-Side ATVs

June 5, 2015
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Seneca Lake Wine and Food weekend ~ Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31 ~ Find out more

Watkins Glen, N.Y.--The 2015 Seneca Lake Wine and Food weekend gets underway tomorrow at Clute Park in Watkins Glen.

Read more in the observer-review.com, "Wine and food festival starts Saturday"

Find out details and additional information on www.senecalakewineandfood.com

May 29, 2015
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(UPDATED, JUNE 12TH) WGI currently running in 2nd Place in USA Today online readers' poll for 'Best NASCAR Track in America' ~ Vote once a day, every day, from now until June 22nd ~ Read more and cast your vote!

Watkins Glen International has been selected as one of 20 finalists in the USA Today 2015 Reader's Choice Award contest for the Best NASCAR Track in America.he online voting contest is running until Monday, June 22, 2015 at Noon.

You can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device that you have.

It's another opportunity for all of us to once again help put our region on the national map!

May 26, 2015
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