Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Press Conference: Gianaris, Nolan and Van Bramer to Hold Press Conference Announcing Construction on Vernon Blvd Dog Run

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a press conference announcing the start of construction on the Vernon Boulevard dog run on Tuesday, September 20 at 2 pm. The elected officials have been working with Queens West Development Corporation, New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, to renovate and greatly enhance the dog run. The press conference will be held across the street from the dog run, on the west side of Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue.

September 20, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Glimmerglass Festival Set To Expand

COOPERSTOWN, 09/17/11 – The Glimmerglass Festival hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking with State Senator James L. Seward on the planned future site of the company’s new rehearsal hall Saturday morning at 4152 U.S Highway 20 in Warren, New York.

“I very much recognize that not only is Glimmerglass a cultural icon, it is a big part of our economic region,” said Senator Seward. “People come here from all over the world to visit the opera. While they are here, they stay in our hotels and bed & breakfasts, dine in our restaurants and frequent our shops.”

September 19, 2011
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Rally to Save Ruppert Playground

Senator Serrano joined Yorkville residents for a rally at Ruppert Playground as part of a campaign to save the park from permanent closure.

Related Cos., has proposed building a 49 story building at the location, and is ready to begin preliminary work on the site. The park was closed on September 12th, and local elected officials are working to prevent any future construction and to once again make the park available for community use. Ruppert Park, which was opened in the 1970s, contains basketball, tennis and handball courts.

September 10, 2011
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GIANARIS LAUDS FILM/TV PROGRAM JOBS

Queens Gazette wrote about the thousands of jobs the film industry, aided by the film tax credit which was championed  by Senator Gianaris, has brought to New York. 

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) had high praise and satisfaction for a program he supported which has created many jobs in his district and elsewhere in New York state.

Gianaris pointed out that the New York State Film Production Credit, which rewards companies that produce films and TV shows in the state with a tax credit, also creates jobs. Gianaris was a lead supporter when the legislation was created and later expanded.

September 7, 2011
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Griffo Says New Yorkers Should Have Say In Legalizing Casinos

Griffo Says That Removing Gambling Barriers Should have NYers’ Approval

September 7, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Praises Job Creation Through Increase in Film and TV Production

Queens, NY – Thousands of New Yorkers have been hired by the television and film industry, due to the New York State Film Production Credit championed by Senator Michael Gianaris. New York City is currently the production site for a record 23 television shows, including 8 new primetime series. New York City’s media and entertainment industry employs 100,000 New Yorkers and generates $5 billion per year for the city’s economy.

August 26, 2011
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Closing New York City’s East River Greenway Gap

by Steven Higashide

A concept rendering of a potential new East River esplanade and greenway.

In recent decades, New York City has done much to open up its waterfront with new parks and piers. A key part of that has been the Hudson River Greenway, a bicycle and pedestrian path along the river that has become a major transportation and recreational asset on Manhattan’s West Side. The East Side equivalent hasn’t been as successful, in part because of long interruptions, including a 22-block gap between 38th and 60th Streets. Recently passed state legislation creates the possibility for a land-swap deal between NYC and the United Nations that would change that.

August 24, 2011
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NYC’s TV boom

NY Post editorialized on the state's film tax credit, which creates thousands of jobs for New Yorkers and helps boost our economy.

Hollywood it ain’t, but New York now has 23 prime-time TV shows filming inside the city -- a record for the Big Apple.

And it’s not just cop dramas: Even shows set in other cities are taping here, including HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (Atlantic City) and CBS’ “The Good Wife” (Chicago).

The trick?

Producers have been pouring in since the state first offered a 30 percent tax credit to TV and film studios in 2004.

It’s a welcome twist in a city where high taxes have been driving residents and businesses away for decades.

August 24, 2011
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Senator Gianaris participates in ribbon-cutting ceremony of Windmuller Park in Woodside.

Senator Gianaris joined local leaders and elected officials to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Windmuller Park.

August 23, 2011
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August 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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RITCHIE IS TOPS WITH STATE’S SNOWMOBILERS

Named Legislator Of The Year

State Senator Patty Ritchie, an avid snowmobiler and outdoors person who has championed the sport both in her previous role as County Clerk and now as State Senator, was named “Legislator of the Year” by the state’s leading sled riders’ group.

The New York State Snowmobile Association presented its coveted “Bill Sears Appreciation Award” to Senator Ritchie at the group’s annual meeting Saturday in Cicero, Onondaga County.

Sen. Ritchie, who has been riding for over 40 years, owns several sleds and regularly rides trails throughout St. Lawrence County, is the first freshman lawmaker to receive the honor, named for the former State Senator from Central New York who was an early advocate for snowmobiling, and who helped create a statewide trail system that today spans more than 11,000 miles and is a boon to the wintertime economies of many Upstate communities.

August 9, 2011
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LARKIN LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW


Local Bills Pertaining to Newburgh and The Wallkill River

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that two pieces of local legislation have been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

 

August 5, 2011
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LaValle: DEC To Issue Refunds To New Yorkers For Saltwater Fishing Licenses

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been directed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue refunds to recreational fishermen and charter boat operators who purchased a Recreational Marine Fishing License (RMFL) in addition to refunding license fees to New Yorkers who purchased lifetime licenses. The federal government requires all fishermen in marine waters must be registered, and the state originally met this requirement by adopting the RMFL program. However, the 2011-2012 New York State budget eliminated the license fee, and created a no-fee registration program to comply with federal law. Therefore, any New Yorker who purchased a license for 2011 will be issued a refund.

August 5, 2011
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Governor Approves Extension of Personal Watercraft Exemption

            Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that extends an exemption for jet ski and personal watercraft renters from New York’s boater safety course requirement.

August 5, 2011
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THE PATCH: BALL SECURES $100,000 STATE GRANT

By Kerry Barger

State Sen. Greg Ball (R-NY) presented a $100,000 check to the Town of Patterson Recreation Center this morning to assist with the building’s renovations.

August 4, 2011
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Seward Bill Favored By Cortland County Sportsmen Signed Into Law

ALBANY, 08/04/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation allowing Cortland County sportsmen and women to use a rifle while hunting deer or bear has been signed into law.

“This is common sense legislation that mirrors regulations already in effect in neighboring counties allowing the use of rifles while hunting big game,” said Senator Seward.  “More importantly, Cortland County sportsmen and women, who collectively have an impeccable safety record, strongly support the change.”

August 4, 2011
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Daily News: Brooklyn's Bridge Park will see fewer luxury condos and more community amenities after Albany deal

By Mark Morales

A complex deal that could wipe out the construction of two high-priced condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park was signed yesterday.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights) spearheaded a deal that could cut the number of luxury condos planned for the gleaming waterfront park down to none while also getting parkgoers a skating rink, a swimming pool and other perks.

"We found a path to address long-standing community concerns about housing on site, complete the park and increase the amenities," said Squadron.

August 4, 2011
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New York Observer: God Willing, Brooklyn Bridge Park Will Have Less Condos

By Matt Chaban

If they can reach a compromise on Capital Hill, why not on the Brooklyn waterfront?

After years of bickering over Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Bloomberg administration has finally struck a deal with two local pols who opposed plans to erect condos along the park to help pay for its maintenance. Instead of the two new condo towers, along with the hulking One Brooklyn Bridge Park, they have settled on one shorter tower, though maybe still a second one, along with a handful of additional funding mechanisms to make up the difference.

August 4, 2011
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Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Squadron & Assembly Member Millman Announce Agreement on Next Phases of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Memorandum of Understanding Enables Construction of 85-Acre Waterfront Park to Move Forward, Finds Common Ground to Reduce Housing and Utilize Alternatives

August 4, 2011
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