Issues: Recreation and Tourism

RITCHIE JOINS HISTORIANS TO RECORD AREA’S CIVIL WAR LEGACY

Seeks Monuments, Markers of Region’s Contributions to ‘War that Saved the Republic’

State Senator Patty Ritchie, with the help of three noted local historians, is drafting community members to help record the region’s contributions to America’s Civil War, part of a statewide effort to remember New York’s role in the “War that Saved the Republic,” which was fought 150 years ago.

May 9, 2012
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DREDGING BEGINS AT HENDERSON HARBOR CUT

Lake Ontario Fisheries Coalition Utilizes Funds Secured by Senator Ritchie

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today that dredging has begun at what is commonly known as “the cut,” a small channel connecting Lake Ontario and Henderson Harbor.

Senator Ritchie was able to secure $60,000 in this year’s state budget to help cover the cost of the project.

May 7, 2012
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2012 Concerts by the Shore Schedule

Rochester, NY - Here is the 2012 Wegmans Concerts by the Shore schedule. You can download a PDF version by clicking on the link below. Concerts by the Shore starts each week at 7:00, with the exception of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.

May 3, 2012
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April 23, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES RESTORATION OF BBP FUNDING, $40 MILLION DONATION FOR PARK RECREATION

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron issued the following statement after the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation board approved $66.5 million in funding from the City, including the fully-restored funding commitment secured in Senator Squadron's and Assemblymember Millman's agreement with the City last summer. Senator Squadron also welcomed the announcement of a $40 million donation for recreation in the park:

April 19, 2012
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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 9:30 AM, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Room 309 LOB

May 1, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Senate Approves Legislation on Mixed Martial Arts Bouts

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.1707A) to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York State.

April 18, 2012
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Rochester Special Hockey Tournament

Rochester, NY - This past weekend, I had the privilege to meet with hockey players and their families, and speak with participants during the Rochester Special Hockey Tournament at The Sports Center at MCC. Congratulations to all of the participants and a job well done and keep up the great work on and off the ice!

April 17, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Bright Future For Historic Herkimer Home

HERKIMER, 04/04/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport) today announced continued state funding that will keep General Herkimer Home open and provide for future needs at the historic site.

“When Herkimer Home was threatened last year I vowed to do everything in my power to protect this vital piece of local history,” said Senator Seward. “In 2011, I was able to secure $100,000 in state funding to provide for the immediate needs at Herkimer Home and begin future planning. I am pleased to announce that another $100,000 allocation is included in the 2012-2013 budget securing the future of Herkimer Home.”

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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PROJECTS TO UPGRADE STATE PARKS, HISTORIC SITES AND A SKI FACILITY IN THE HUDSON VALLEY ARE ANNOUNCED

$34 Million Investment for Repair Projects

A $34 million investment for NY Works projects to upgrade and repair nine parks, two historic sites and one ski facility in the Hudson Valley was announced by the Governor's office today.

New York Works is designed to reinvent state economic development with innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure. The Task Force will help create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state.

April 3, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Senate approves Seneca Lake Scenic Byway

Albany, N.Y., March 28—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Senator Mike Nozzolio (R-C, Seneca Falls) to designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway between Schuyler and Seneca counties as a New York State Scenic Byway.

March 28, 2012
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State Budget Deal Meets Upstate Needs

ALBANY, 03/27/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the state budget agreement:

“The announced budget agreement sets New York on course to approve an on time spending plan for a second consecutive year.  More than the timeliness, the plan meets upstate needs, provides incentives for private sector job growth and closes a $3.5 billion budget gap without raising taxes.

“One item I fought hard for was funding for our rural, low-wealth school districts and additional aid was included in the final agreement.  Community colleges also benefited, ensuring quality, affordable higher education for our young people.

March 27, 2012
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Delta Expands Service Out of Rochester

Yesterday, I had the privilege to speak at a press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony where Delta Airlines announced its new service from Rochester to New York City's LaGuardia Airport. The first flight took off at 2:03 p.m. yesterday, immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony.

March 26, 2012
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SPORTSMEN’S ‘GIFT CARDS’ TO BE INCLUDED IN BUDGET

Great Way to Give the Gift of the Outdoors, Promote Hunting, Fishing 

March 26, 2012
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