Issues: Recreation and Tourism

GUS THE POLAR BEAR BREATHS SIGH OF RELIEF, SENATE DEMOCRATS KEEPS PARKS & ZOOS OPEN

For Immediate Release | May 28, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

(New York, NY) Much to the relief of Gus the Polar Bear and Zoe the Snow Leopard, our Zoos and State Parks, will be open Memorial Day weekend and through into next year. After taking a stand to protect parks earlier this year when the Governor proposed dramatic cuts, Senate Democrats were able to negotiate an agreement to restore full funding for all parks, fulfilling their promise to keep parks, campgrounds, historic sites and botanical gardens open for New York’s families

May 28, 2010
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Senate Acts to Keep Parks & Historic Sites Open

 

Lawmakers forge agreement with Governor to fund full operation of parks, historic sites

ALBANY (May 28, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today joined his colleagues in passing legislation (S.7988) that will ensure our state’s parks and historic sites are fully operational for families across New York State to enjoy this summer and as an attraction for tourists in need of goods and services from our local businesses.

May 28, 2010
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SENATOR KLEIN FIGHTS TO SAVE COMMUNITY GARDENS

Senate Passes Klein Bill to Support Local Gardens, Helping New Yorkers Maintain Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

 

ALBANY, NY – Deputy Majority Leader State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced Thursday that the NYS State Senate passed his bill to provide continued support for local community gardens. Senator Klein’s bill helps support the efforts of many New Yorkers to use these gardens to grow low-cost, fresh fruits and vegetables, and build stronger community and neighborhood bonds.

 

May 27, 2010
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Senate Majority Committed To Reopening Our Parks

Building on their efforts to preserve parks for all New York’s families, the Senate Majority passed legislation (S7776A/Serrano) calling for state parks and historic sites to remain open throughout the 2010-2011 fiscal year. In its one house budget resolution, the Senate Democratic Majority restored funding to prevent the closure of  57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks. 

May 26, 2010
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Parks Department Abruptly Cancels Central Park Tennis Bubble Plan

By Geoffrey Croft

Under mounting pressure, the Parks Department abruptly withdrew its plans yesterday to build four thirty-five foot high tennis bubbles in Central Park. The diesel powered tennis bubbles would have covered 26 tennis courts located between 93rd and 95th streets on the West side of the park for five months of the year. Additional time would have also be required for set up and break down, thereby cutting into existing outdoor use.

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May 25, 2010
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Senator Dilan Urges Commuters to Cycle to Work During Annual Bike to Work Week

National Bike to Work Week kicked off Monday in New York, and Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is encouraging commuters across the state to ride their bicycles to work Friday, May 21.

May 19, 2010
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BUFFALO SABRES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION JOINS SENATOR BILL STACHOWSKI TO CALL FOR RAISING LIMITS ON PRIZES: Change In Law Would Mean More Charitable Contributions To Local Not-For-Profits

5/18/10

Hockey greats Larry Playfair, Rob Ray and Bobby Nystrom joined Senator Bill Stachowski (D, Lake View)  in Albany today to add their support to legislation (S.7801) introduced this week by Senator Stachowski  to allow the Sabres Alumni Association and other not-for-profits to increase their charitable contributions by raising the value of prizes that can be awarded.

May 18, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Jose M. Serrano, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Room 801 LOB

May 18, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Aubertine UTV Bill Passes Senate

 

Bill redefines ATV in state law to make side-by-side vehicles legal up to 1,500lbs

ALBANY (May 12, 2010)—The New York State Senate today passed by a 52-9 vote legislation sponsored by Sen. Aubertine (S.4277) that would allow all-terrain vehicle riders to legally register and ride utility trail vehicles on trail systems throughout the state.

May 12, 2010
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Senate Approves Members To Key Economic And Urban Development Positions, Authorities And Appeals Boards

The New York State Senate confirmed five appointees to key boards today, including members to the Economic Development Corporation, New York State Department of Economic Development, Urban Development Corporation, Battery Park City Authority, Industrial Board of Appeals, Port of Oswego Authority and New York Convention Center Operating Corporation.

May 12, 2010
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Senate Approves 18 Members To NYSERDA, Medical And Mental Health Visitor Boards, Camp Safety Council, And Others

The New York State Senate confirmed 18 appointees to key boards today, including members to the:

May 4, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Jose M. Serrano, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Room 801 LOB

THE COMMITTEE WILL BE ADDRESSED BY: Edward Maitino, Managing Dir., NYS Div. of Marketing, Ad and Tourism; and Members of the Tourism Advisory Council

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May 5, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Aubertine UTV Bill Moves Out of Committee

 

Bill would redefine ATV in state law to make side-by-side vehicles legal up to 1,500lbs

ALBANY (April 27, 2010)—The New York State Senate Transportation Committee today moved legislation sponsored by Sen. Aubertine (S.4277) that would allow all-terrain vehicle riders to legally register and ride side-by-side ATVs on trail systems throughout the state.

The committee voted 16-1, meaning the bill—which has an Assembly sponsor—will be eligible for consideration soon on the Senate floor.

April 27, 2010
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Sen. Aubertine Named New York Snowmobile Association 2010 Legislator of the Year

After speaking to a packed house at the Liverpool Holiday Inn, Sen. Aubertine posed for a picture with riders from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

April 17, 2010
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GRIFFO URGES PARKS OFFICIALS: ‘GET CREATIVE’ TO AVERT CLOSINGS

(Albany) - State Senator Joseph A Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called on parks officials to “get creative” in identifying ways to prevent closing parks and campgrounds just weeks before the start of the busy tourist and travel seasons.With the state budget nearly two weeks late, parks officials were again warning that they will close or severely cut back operations at 77 facilities across the state, including a large number in Central and Northern New York, even as they acknowledged the closings would have a serious impact on local economies.

April 16, 2010
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Hearing

A Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee hearing concerning the potential closure of parks.  This hearing took place on 4/8/10.

April 16, 2010
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Hearing (clip)

A Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee hearing concerning the potential closure of parks.  This hearing took place on 4/8/10.

April 16, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Jose M. Serrano, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Room 801 LOB

April 21, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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WIVB: Senate dems committed to saving parks

On Monday, the Majority Conference unanimously voted for a budget resolution which restored all $11.5 million of the Governor’s budget cuts to parks operations. If enacted, the cut would have resulted in the closure of 57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks.

April 13, 2010
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