Issues: Recreation and Tourism

RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 FOR CITY OF FULTON RECREATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS

Funding to Assist with Construction of New Playground, Kayak Launch on Lake Neatahwanta 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the City of Fulton improve recreational opportunities at the city’s Recreation Park. 

A portion of the capital funding will go towards the construction of a new playground with the remainder funding a kayak launch on Lake Neatahwanta. 

“Whether they are for families or individuals, quality outdoor recreational opportunities are key to any strong community,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will give children a safe place to play and also build upon efforts to revitalize Lake Neatahwanta.”

February 4, 2015
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Little to continue leading Senate Tourism committee

State Senator Betty Little today announced she will again chair the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation.  Little has served as the chairwoman the past four years.

February 3, 2015
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Griffo to Gaming Commission: Adding Four Casinos in NY is a Bad Bet

UTICA – With the Gaming Facility Location Board deciding Tuesday to re-open the bidding process for a fourth casino, Senator Joseph A. Griffo is asking the state Gaming Commission to put a moratorium on granting licenses.

January 14, 2015
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Winter 2014-2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2014-2015 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!

January 8, 2015
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The Daily News: Gallivan outlines Wyoming issues in supervisors' talk

Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 3:03 am

January 5, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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More than $2.6 Million Awarded to Tourism Projects in Madison County

Economic Development Resources Awarded in Fourth Round of Regional Council Initiative

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that $2,610,000 in economic and community development funding has been awarded to tourism-related entities in Madison County through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Young Presented with Award from New York Association of Conservation Districts

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C–Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, was deeply honored to accept this year’s “Appreciation Award” from the New York Association of Conservation Districts (NYACD).

NYACD represents Soil and Water Conservation Districts located in counties throughout New York State. NYACD represents and supports individual districts as they work to conserve soil, water, and other natural resources.

Senator Young was recently recognized with the honor during an award ceremony at NYACD’s annual conference in Utica, New York.

November 7, 2014
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In a Syracuse park scarred by shootings, officials open a creekside place to 'take a break'

By Tim Knauss on October 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM, updated October 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner today dedicated a new observation deck overlooking Onondaga Creek in Kirk Park that city officials call the "Outdoor Classroom" because it will be used to teach kids about the creek.

Miner was joined at a news conference by Cesar Perales, secretary of the New York Department of State, which provided funding for the project through its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. State Sen. David Valesky, Common Councilor Bob Dougherty and other officials also attended.

November 3, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN SECURES $1.5 MILLION TO CONSTRUCT NEW BASEBALL FIELD AT THROGS NECK HOUSES

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that he has secured $1.5 million in state funding that will go towards the construction of a new baseball field at the Throgs Neck Houses. Klein delivered the exciting news to those in attendance at the Throgs Neck Resident Council meeting which took place Thursday evening at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. The funding, which has been appropriated to the New York City Housing Authority, will enable residents of the housing complex to enjoy new recreational and athletic activities in their own backyard.

October 25, 2014
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At Warwick's Masker Orchards

Senator Bonacic and his wife, Pat, recently visited and picked apples at Warwick's Masker Orchards. The orchard was just coming off a very successful AppleFest, and the staff is preparing for the big Columbus Day weekend. Here is the Senator, Pat, and Victor Ludmerer, AKA, "Apple Jack."

October 10, 2014
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RITCHIE: CANAL CORP LAYS OUT PLANS FOR REBUILDING OF BREWERTON PIER

Construction Plans Detailed in New Sign Adjacent to Pier 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the New York State Canal Corporation has laid out its plans for the reconstruction of Brewerton Pier; a plan that once completed, will help to increase tourism, grow jobs and create new recreational opportunities in the central New York area. 

Reconstruction of the pier—which was deemed unsafe for use by the state and closed following its collapse into the Oneida River in 2009—has been in the planning stage for several years.  Now, as a result of the advocacy of Senator Ritchie and other local leaders, plans are being put into motion for its rebuilding.  This week, at the request of Senator Ritchie, a sign detailing the reconstruction timeline was installed in the Town of Hastings. 

“In the years since the Brewerton Pier has been closed, the central New York region has missed out on recreational opportunities and the tourism dollars that come along with them,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“Once the pier is made usable again, central New York will see the benefits of improved recreational opportunities, increased tourism and new jobs.  I would like to thank the Canal Corporation for turning its focus to the rebuilding of the pier, as well as the local leaders and community members who advocated for its reconstruction.”

October 9, 2014
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$50,000 Grant for Port Jervis for Youth and Community Center

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) announces that the City of Port Jervis has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the State & Municipal Facilities Capital Program.

The funding will go towards the creation of a multi-functional youth and community center at Church Street Park which will include a two-story building with gym, recreation room, study rooms, computer stations, and kitchen.   

October 9, 2014
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SQUADRON: MAYOR’S COMMUNITY PARKS INITIATIVE ADDRESSES MOST GLARING INEQUITIES IN PARKS AROUND NYC

Senator Highlights the Impact of Having all Stakeholders Invested in Parks Equity

NEW YORK—Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at Bowne Playground in Flushing, Queens to announce the Mayor’s new Community Parks Initiative. Squadron said:

October 7, 2014
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New York Magazine: The War Over Airbnb Gets Personal

New York Magazine's Jessica Pressler spoke with Sen. Krueger for this long write-up on the fight over illegal hotels and Airbnb. Check it out:

October 3, 2014
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Discover Long Island Tourism Program- New Hyde Park

     With fall now upon us, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) is sponsoring a free “Discover Long Island” Tourism Program to inform residents about the many attractions on Long Island for residents to take advantage of this fall. The program will take place on Tuesday, September 30th at 1 p.m. at the Hillside Library (155 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park).

     Representatives from the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will offer information about the numerous local attractions and activities residents can take advantage of this fall, including visits to farms, orchards, historic sites which illustrate Long Island’s rich history, children’s attractions, and events.

September 30, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS INVITES RESIDENTS TO “DISCOVER LONG ISLAND” TOURISM PROGRAM IN NEW HYDE PARK ON SEPTEMBER 30TH

With fall now upon us, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) is sponsoring a free “Discover Long Island” Tourism Program to inform residents about the many attractions on Long Island for residents to take advantage of this fall. The program will take place on Tuesday, September 30th at 1 p.m. at the Hillside Library (155 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park).

September 23, 2014
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Town of Wallkill Unveils New Youth Recreation Center

Senator Bonacic took part in the dedication ceremonies for the Town of Wallkill’s new $1 million recreation center at Circleville Park.  This center was paid for with town money and replaces an aged facility.  It includes 7,000 square feet of recreation space and 3,000 square feet of office space and will offer after-school programs managed by the Boys and Girls Club of Wallkill. "This is what good government can do," says the Senator.  "Congratulations to everyone in the Town of Wallkill for this center that will give back to the community for many years to come."  

September 18, 2014
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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
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO HELP FUND REBUILD OF CLAYTON’S “WOODEN CASTLE PLAYGROUND”

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
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