Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Senator Gallivan Announces 2014 B&B Guide for the 59th Senate District

Western New York has so much to offer and with fall weather in the air, now is the perfect time to enjoy some quality time in our own backyard.  There are dozens of bed & breakfast opportunities across the 59th Senate District, waiting to welcome you.  I invite you to use this guide to plan your near-by get away and support these small, local businesses.

September 18, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to help the Village of Clayton offset the costs associated with a playground being rebuilt in the Village. 

“Situated on the beautiful St. Lawrence River, the Village of Clayton is a community loved by both tourists and local residents,” said Senator Ritchie.  “This funding not only will help the municipality manage costs associated with improving the park, it will also give residents and visitors a new and improved family-friendly way to spend their time.”

“From a new hotel to new restaurants, Clayton has seen a number of improvements recently,” said Village Mayor Norma Zimmer.  “Our park has been used by children and families for generations and we are extremely grateful for the funding provided by Senator Ritchie, which will help us cover the costs of revitalizing and improving this fantastic community resource.”

September 12, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Lake Neatahwanta recently week, as dredging began on the lake in an effort to restore it for use by the public again.

September 11, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie joined anglers recently for the NYS B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation Tournament held recently at the Dobisky Visitor’s Center and Marina in Ogdensburg.

Recently, Senator Ritchie secured $150,000 in special funding to support fishing tournaments and boost tourism in the Central and Northern New York regions.  The funding is being used to support 15 tournaments, including the recent tournament in Ogdensburg.

September 11, 2014

Senator Bonacic Receives Update on Port Jervis' Whitewater Kayak Park

Senator Bonacic met with Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker; County Legislator Dennis Simmons (far right); and Adam Hubbard, Chairman of the White Water Park Committee (on left) on September 8, 2014, to get an update on the progress of the city’s Whitewater Kayak Park. This project, which is being funded through multiple fundraising efforts and grants in order to reach its goal of raising 4 million dollars, will include whitewater rapids, kayaking, and other water sports. 

September 9, 2014

Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!


Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

September 4, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community members and local leaders Saturday at the dedication Robert Bjork Park on the shore of the Oswegatchie River in the city of Ogdensburg.

At the event, Senator Ritchie spoke about how the park shows how one individual, like Bob Bjork, can make a difference in his community. 

September 2, 2014


$100,000 in state funds caps three-year effort to battle invasive weeds in St. Lawrence County's biggest lake

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 to help fight weeds on Black Lake, a popular spot for fishing, boating and outdoor recreation in St. Lawrence County.

In recent years, Eurasian Milfoyle—a non-native nuisance weed which forms dense mats of vegetation that shades out native species—has plagued Black Lake; disrupting water flow, hurting water quality, and hampering boating, fishing and swimming. 

 “For generations, Black Lake has provided countless opportunities for outdoor recreation to both tourists and local residents,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m thrilled to be able to provide this funding which will improve the quality of and access to Black Lake—two things that are critical not only to boosting tourism but also for enjoyment by those who call Northern New York home.”

August 29, 2014

Middletown's Run 4 Downtown Helps Revitalize City's Historic Area

Middletown's (Orange County) annual "Run 4 Downtown" was held on Saturday, August 16, 2014.  Begun by local shopkeepers in 2006, the run benefits the revitalization of historic downtown Middletown.  Here is Senator Bonacic with Middletown Councilman Joe Masi; Times Herald-Record Editor Barry Lewis; and City of Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano.  

August 22, 2014

Senator Valesky Attends 2014 New York State Fair Opening

Senator Valesky joined Governor Andrew Cuomo to officially open the 2014 New York State Fair on Thursday, August 21.

August 21, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #29: The New York State Fair is Great Every Year

The state’s biggest music and entertainment festival, trade show and agriculture exhibit is happening right now and it’s all in one place – the Great New York State Fair.

The state fair is the capstone to what is always a great county fair season.  It is a celebration of all things New York. It is a showcase for one of the state’s most important industries, agriculture, which has a $5.7 billion annual economic impact. It serves as an introduction to many of our citizens’ diverse backgrounds and cultural traditions. And it’s a platform for our best and brightest young people to show off their talents, whether it’s on a stage or in a barn.

August 21, 2014

Seward Bill For Cortlandville Park Signed By Governor

ALBANY, 08/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, allowing the Town of Cortlandville to acquire a parcel of land for park purposes, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

“This legislation clears the way for new recreational opportunities for residents of Cortlandville and the surrounding communities at little or no cost to the town,” said Senator Seward.  “As we continue to search for affordable, environmentally sound family activities, more and more people turn to our parks.  This is a great way to showcase our natural beauty and get more people outdoors.” 

August 18, 2014

What’s Your Opinion on Hydrofracking Waste in New York?

Earlier this year, I held a public forum in Albany on the issue of hydrofracking waste disposal, focusing on the health and environmental risks posed by the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.  Hydrofracking waste is being brought into New York from Pennsylvania, and we know that this waste contains toxins that can contaminate drinking water. Some of this waste is being disposed of in New York landfills – but  is not being regulated as hazardous waste. I will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous waste products of hydrofracking. 

I’d like to hear the views of my constituents on these important issues. Please take a moment to answer these opinion questions below. Thank you for your participation.

August 18, 2014

Senator Valesky Congratulates Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tyler O'Connor, 7, for winning Senator Valesky's Summer Art Contest in the 10 and under category out of all entries from the Town of Sullivan Playground Program. Tyler's winning artwork is shown in the inset.

August 15, 2014

Senator Gallivan issues 2014 Agritourism Guide

Farms and businesses across Western New York are opening their doors, issuing a heartfelt invitation to sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in New York's growing venture - agritourism.  Agritourism is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, a heady mix of farms, markets, people, livestock and the culture of growing food, guaranteed to entertain people of all ages.  Whether you're looking for an authentic farm experience, a pastoral setting to pick strawberries or ride horses, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.

August 14, 2014

Kennedy: $250,000 in Funding to Boost Buffalo’s Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

Senator Tim Kennedy joined local and state leaders to highlight a $250,000 funding award for the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission. The corridor is a nationally and internationally recognized Buffalo neighborhood, serving as a focal point to residents and visitors learning about Buffalo’s rich and diverse history. The efforts will increase the ability of the corridor to serve as an anchor for tourism.

August 8, 2014

Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Bills include support for educational initiatives, watershed projects, and programs to combat invasive species

ALBANY – Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout New York are on the front lines of protecting the State’s natural resources, helping landowners, preventing floods, fighting the spread of invasive species, and educating the public.

Three bills sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, provide SWCDs with additional tools they need to accomplish their ambitious mission. The first two of these bills also were passed by the Assembly and are awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 29, 2014

Daily Mail: Tkaczyk tours Kaaterskill Falls with eye on safety

By Kyle Adams  Columbia-Greene Media

HAINES FALLS — New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk met with local leaders Sunday afternoon for a tour of Kaaterskill Falls, where one of several recent accidents resulted in the death of a Dutchess County woman.

The waterfall is a popular tourist destination, but the dangerous terrain and tendency of tourists to hike unprepared has led to numerous accidents and deaths over the years.

“I wanted to experience it firsthand and see and understand the challenges,” Tkaczyk said Sunday. “It’s a great asset in the area and we need to make sure that people can enjoy it safely.”

July 28, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie recently toured parts of St. Lawrence County’s Multi-Use Trail System as part of an event held to celebrate the outdoor recreational opportunities the trails provide. 

The trails are designed to be used for activities during all four seasons of the year, including walking, ATVs, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more.  

July 25, 2014

Livingston County Rifle Bill Becomes Law

For Release: Immediate, July 22, 2014 

Senator Young, Senator Gallivan, and Assemblyman Nojay Announce Authorization of Rifle Hunting in Livingston County

Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma), and Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Pittsford) announced the authorization of big game rifle hunting in Livingston County.

July 22, 2014
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