Issues: Recreation and Tourism

New York Needs To Take A Gas Tax Holiday

ALBANY, 05/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation eliminating the state gas tax for three key holiday weekends to help families cope with the rising cost at the pump.

“New Yorkers are facing increasing costs at every turn and soaring gas prices have many tapped out,” said Senator Seward.  “Families need a break, especially over the summer holidays when many are traveling.  A gas tax holiday would provide some much needed relief.”

May 25, 2011

Serrano and Community Volunteer at Franz Sigel Park for "It's My Park Day"

Senator Serrano and his family joined members of the South Bronx community to clean Franz Sigel Park for "It’s My Park Day," sponsored by Friends of Franz Sigel and Joyce Kilmer Parks. For the fourth consecutive year, volunteers, local residents and community leaders teamed up to maintain the well-being of parks across New York City.

May 21, 2011

Senate Passes Boater Safety Bill

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate has passed an important bill (S.2903B) requiring boat operators, regardless of age, who have been convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) to take a boating safety course before operating a boat again.

“Long Island’s peak boating season is fast approaching,” LaValle said. “Educating those who have been convicted of BWI, may prevent future tragedies,” LaValle said.

The state already requires those age 21 and over and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle. The bill passed today expands upon that law by requiring those under 21 and convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense to obtain a certificate as well.

May 18, 2011

Senate Passes Boater Safety Bill

The New York State Senate today passed an important bill that  requires all individuals, regardless of age, who have been found guilty of operating a boat after consuming alcohol to take a boating safety course before they can operate a boat again. With peak boating season soon approaching, bill S.2903B, sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), helps prevent accidents stemming from individuals who are guilty of boating while intoxicated.

May 16, 2011

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 17, 2011 Room 309 LOB

May 17, 9:30 AM - 9:39 AM


Small town on way to becoming America's fishing capital, but needs votes now

State Senator Patty Ritchie congratulated the residents and friends of the village of Waddington for winning 1st place in the first round of the Ultimate Fishing Town Contest.

"When a small village of just 900 can beat out communities across the nation, it's a real testament to the kind of community pride and spirit that you find in Waddington," Senator Ritchie said. "For too long the year-round fishing opportunities in Waddington and across Northern New York have been one of our nation's best kept secrets. That’s why when the Chamber of Commerce asked me for my support, I helped nominate Waddington and I urged my friends to join me in helping to put our region on the map."

May 10, 2011

Visits with Oswego County Sportsmen

Jim Petreszyn a member of the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, chats with Senator Patty Ritchie at the Sportsmen Legislative Breakfast.

May 10, 2011

Senator Klein Commemorates New York Botanical Gardens' 120th Anniversary

Senator Klein commemorated New York Botanical Gardens 120th Anniversary with a resolution adopted by the New York State Senate declaring April 28th New York Botanical Garden Day. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new azalea garden.

May 3, 2011

ORDA venues enjoyed a strong winter season

April 23, 2011- Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is calling the 2010-11 ski season a successful one, with as many as 480,080 guests visiting the 1932 and 1980 Olympic venues in the village of Lake Placid, town of North Elba, the town of Wilmington and Nrth Creek.

To read more click HERE.

April 25, 2011

Senator Valesky Named Co-Chair of New York State Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named co-chair of the New York State Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. The bi-partisan group, made up of legislators from both the Assembly and Senate, focuses on legislative issues concerning sportsmen and women, including fishing, hunting and other outdoor-related activities.

April 18, 2011

Mohawk Infrastructure Improvements Complete

MOHAWK, 04/14/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined Village of Mohawk Mayor Irene Sweet to announce the recent completion of the Minnow Brook culvert repair project.  The project was funded through a $400,000 Multi Modal grant previously secured by Senator Seward.

“Local infrastructure is critical to the well-being of families and individuals as well as future economic growth,” said Senator Seward.  “Often times, however, repair costs are just too much for a small rural municipality to afford.  I was pleased to step in and help secure funding to protect public safety and the bottom line for those who live and work in the Village of Mohawk.”

April 15, 2011

Ski Safety Bill Advances in Senate

            Legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little to improve skiing safety was advanced by the  Senate Judiciary Committee today.

April 12, 2011

Bike Zone Opens New Location in Greece

On Thursday, April 7th, Senator Robach made remarks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Bike Zone location in Greece. Bike Zone is now located at 2100 Ridge Road West. With this expansion, Bike Zone also added new jobs to the community. For more information, you can visit

April 11, 2011

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, April 12, 2011 Room 309 LOB

April 12, 9:30 AM - 9:32 AM

Section Five Football Hall of Fame Dedication

On Saturday, March 26th, I had the opportunity to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to dedicate the new Section Five Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is now located permanently at Sahlen's Stadium (formerly PAETEC Park) in downtown Rochester. Past student-athletes, contributors, administrators, and officials are honored in the hall. Section Five will induct the 2011 Hall of Fame Class at a ceremony next Thursday night, April 7th. For more information, visit Here, I am pictured with Dick Cerone, Chairman of Section Five Football.

March 31, 2011

Seward, Butler Win Battle - Save Herkimer Home

ALBANY, 03/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport ) today announced that the General Herkimer Home historic site will open this year beginning with the rescheduled Sugaring Off Celebration on Sunday, April 17th.

“When it looked like the Herkimer Home would be closed and artifacts shipped out I vowed to do everything in my power to protect this vital piece of local history,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to announce that I was able to secure $100,000 in an agreed upon state budget bill to provide for the immediate needs at Herkimer Home and begin future planning.”

March 24, 2011


New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that he has successfully fought to restore the State’s VLT Impact Aid program, which provides over $1.5 million to assist the town of Farmington and Ontario County with the costs of maintaining Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. 

March 23, 2011

Lake Placid Ironman Bill Clears Senate and Assembly


            The State Senate today approved legislation that authorizes out-of-state health care professionals to provide services for athletes competing in the Lake Placid Ironman event.

March 21, 2011

Senator Robach Meets UFC's Dana White

On Tuesday, March 15th, Ultimate Fighting Championship Dana White was in Albany to meet with legislators and dicuss the rules and regulations of Mixed Martial Arts.

March 17, 2011

Senator Valesky Supports New Programs to Benefit New York's Servicemen and Women

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) voted to pass a package of legislation that extends or creates programs to honor the brave veterans and active military personnel who serve our nation.

March 15, 2011
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