Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Bicycle Safety Bill Sponsored by Senator Stewart-Cousins Signed into Law

Today, legislation (S7897) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced and passed in the Senate to protect bicyclists was signed into law. The new law requires motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State of New York had 42 bicycle-related traffic fatalities in 2008 alone. Requiring motorists to pass at "a safe distance," this legislation will serve to educate the public about the need for motor vehicles and bicyclists to share our roads safely.

August 15, 2010

Senate Majority Conference Announces Its Acceptance Of The Division Of The Lottery’s Selection Of Genting New York To Operate VLTs At Aqueduct

Today, led by Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Senate Racing and Wagering Chair, Eric Adams, and Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., the Senate Majority Conference announced its acceptance of the Division of the Lottery’s selection of Genting New York to operate the Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at Aqueduct Racetrack. “Nothing is more important than creating jobs. The acceptance of Genting puts New York on the fast track to rebuild our local and state economy through sound economic development and immediate and long-term job creation,” said Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson. 

August 10, 2010
August 10, 2010

Creating New Jobs At Aqueduct: Majority Hosts Public Prentation On Getting Proposal For Aqueduct Racino

The Senate Majority Conference will host the state Division of Lottery (DOL) today for a presentation viewable to the public regarding the proposal by Genting, an international firm recommended by DOL, to develop and operate Aqueduct racino. Genting has pledged $380 million to the state for Aqueduct rights. The firm has also submitted a robust job creation plan – a priority of the Democratic Majority – including a focus on partnering with minority and women owned businesses. This is the first time a proposal like this has been open for public viewing, and can be seen today at 1PM online at 

August 9, 2010

NYS Senator Eric Adams, Chair of Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, Promotes Transparency in Government by Hosting a Live Internet Screening of Next Step in Aqueduct VLT Selection Process

NYS Senator Eric Adams, Racing, Wagering and Gaming Committee Chair, champions transparency in government by hosting a premier video conference and simultaneous internet livestream.

 On Monday, August 9th, Senator Adams harnessed technology to provide a video conference and internet livestream of Genting New York's development proposal for Aqueduct Racetrack.

Genting New York was recommended to Governor Paterson by the New York Lottery as the corporation to develop the Aqueduct project. Genting will present its proposal to Senator Adams and racing stakeholders.

August 8, 2010

8/7/2010: New York Jump and Ball 6

(Left) Senate President Malcolm Smith and (Right) Senator Shirley L. Huntley join (Center) Rapper/Actor LL Cool J @ 6th Annual Jump and Ball in Roy Wilkins Park

August 7, 2010

Pro Response Sports Inc. and South Jamaica Resident Association Kidz and Family Fun

Come and join us in sharing a day of community. Bring your friends and family out to enjoy live music, fun rides, face painting, basketball games, giveaways, special award presentations, food and fun...

August 21, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Queens, NY, August 3, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Racing, Gaming & Wagering Committee, today issued the following statement on the winning Aqueduct bidder:  “Today’s selection by the New York Lottery of Genting New York LLC,  means that finally, after almost a decade-long process, the future of Aqueduct Racetrack and the surrounding communities looks bright.”  According to sources at New York Lottery, Genting was chosen for their professionalism and for their understanding of the needs of the community. 

August 3, 2010

Safety Review of Popular Greene County Hiking Trail Needed

ONEONTA, 07/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to review safety measures at the Devil’s Kitchen hiking area in the Town of Hunter. 

“Two fatal hiking accidents this year at Devil’s Kitchen have prompted concerns that must be evaluated,” said Senator Seward.  “The Department of Environmental Conservation should take steps to assess the trail’s safety and to ensure proper warnings are present.”

July 29, 2010

10 Questions for Krueger and Gottfried on Illegal Hotel Bill

The campaign to crack down on illegal hotels is coming to a head. State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried will join tenants, housing rights advocates and other state and city officials at a rally tomorrow to urge Governor David Paterson to sign into law the illegal hotel bill they sponsored. The bill aims to free New York City agencies to enforce the law against illegal hotels -- apartments designated as permanent residences that are improperly used as transient hotel rooms. The legislation already passed the Senate and the Assembly. Krueger and Gottfried talked to The Real Deal about how illegal hotels have threatened the city's tenants, affordable housing stock and tourists, where they've spread and how this bill is designed to cease their expansion.

July 29, 2010
July 23, 2010

Finger Lakes Wine Festival, July 16-18

The rise of New York’s wine industry is one of New York State’s most remarkable success stories.

In a generation, since the mid-1980's, when many of us can recall that the grape-and-wine industry was on the brink of collapse, it's now a burgeoning statewide industry generating billions of dollars in economic activity, accounting for thousands of livelihoods, forming the backbone of Finger Lakes tourism, and bringing national and international acclaim to New York.

July 12, 2010

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


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


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

June 30, 2010

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

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

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

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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