Issues: Recreation and Tourism

New York Parks Offer Summer Time Fun

As families and individuals look for ways to enjoy the wonderful summer weather, people need to look no further than our local state parks.  July is Park and Recreation Month across the nation and here in New York we have many great reasons to celebrate. 

Our public parks and state lands are among our greatest resources, particularly in upstate, and they fulfill a number of roles.  They are a strong source of tourist dollars, drawing people from other parts of New York, neighboring states, and across the nation.  Along with generating money for the state, our parks also help support many other businesses, from small grocery stores, to souvenir shops selling locally produced keepsakes, to farm stands offering homegrown fruits and vegetables.

July 8, 2010
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NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR.: AQUEDUCT STATEMENT

Queens, NY, July 7, 2010 – “After evaluating the recent decision by the New York Lottery regarding the future of Aqueduct Racetrack, I intend to continue my position of making every effort to work cooperatively with whomever is selected to operate at Aqueduct for the sake of my constituents.

July 7, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON EDWIN M. SCHWENK MEMORIAL NATURE PRESERVE

“I am pleased that both houses have supported legislation I sponsored in the Senate to create the Edwin (Buzz) M.

June 30, 2010
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Legislature Passes Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill

Legislation combats sprawl and promotes environmentally sound infrastructure development 

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl.  The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

June 29, 2010
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Boardwalk Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza

State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host their annual Fourth of July Boardwalk Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza at Orchard Beach on Thursday, July 1st from 6-10PM. The event is free, open to the public and will feature music, a magic show, face painting, and balloon art. The fireworks show begins at 9PM.

July 1, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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 Monday, June 21, 2010 Off-the-floor

June 21, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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My Opposition to the Legalization of Ultimate Fighting

Today, I stood in opposition to legislation which would allow professional mixed martial arts, or Ultimate Fighting, to be permitted in the State of New York. I voted against this bill (S2165), which was supported by the majority of my conference, due to my concern over the escalating violence in this sport and disturbing trend of severe head injury to participants of the sport.

There is no way of ignoring the fact that this is a sport rooted in violence. By glamorizing and legalizing this activity in New York we are exposing our children to a heightened level of brutality which can inadvertently encourage dangerous behavior in children.

June 16, 2010
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NYS Senator Stewart-Cousins on State Parks Legislation

New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaks on the Senate's approval of legislation that clears the way for the reopening of New York State Parks.

June 10, 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, June 9, 2010 Room 801 LOB

June 9, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Statement from Senator Serrano: Restoration of Funding for State Parks and Living Museums

“As Chair of the committee that oversees the State Park system and living museums, I am thrilled that Governor Paterson and the Legislature have worked out a plan that will keep our parks open in time for Memorial Day weekend, and will allow us to enjoy all that our zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums have to offer in advance of the summer season.”

May 28, 2010
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Senate Democratic Majority Keeps Parks Open For New York's Families

Fulfilling their promise to keep parks open for New York’s families, the Senate Democratic Majority reached an agreement for full restoration of parks funding to keep parks and historic sites open throughout the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

May 28, 2010
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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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