Issues: Recreation and Tourism

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINE TRAIL INCLUDED IN SENATE BUDGET

Plan Would Put Local Wineries and Vineyards on the Map, Boost Local Business, Create Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the recently approved Senate budget proposal includes a measure to establish a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail; a plan that would help put local vineyards and winemakers on the map, attract more tourists to the area and boost local business, create jobs in the region.

“The North Country has a perfect opportunity to capitalize on the fast-growing wine and grape industries by creating a St. Lawrence Wine Trail that links our area’s vineyards and winemakers,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie.   

“The inclusion of the St. Lawrence Wine Trail in the Senate’s spending plan represents a major step for this legislation.  I’m looking forward to working to make sure the proposal—which would create new business, employment and tourism opportunities—is included in the final enacted budget.”

March 20, 2014
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MEASURE TO ALLOW REGISTRATION OF UTVS INCLUDED IN SENATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that for the first time, her proposal to allow for the registration of increasingly popular Utility Task Vehicles—commonly known as UTVs—has been included in the Senate’s budget proposal.

The measure, which has passed the Senate three times, would authorize the state Department of Motor Vehicles to allow the registration of larger recreational vehicles and in turn, would allow New York State to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost non-tax revenue, boost tourism and revitalize the economy.

March 14, 2014
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"Your Voice" With Senator Joe Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses Olympian Erin Hamlin, the governor's Adirondack Challenge, the flawed implementation of Common Core, his opposition to taxpayer-funded college for state inmates, and the Senate's budget with host Julia Lilkendey.

March 11, 2014
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Who’s got the coolest small town? Berlin, Md., and Cazenovia mayors make a friendly wager

By Jason Emerson February 17, 2014 10:34 a.m.

Cazenovia — With barely one week left to go in the Budget Travel “Coolest Small Town in America” contest, the mayors of the top two vote-getting towns — Berlin, Md., and Cazenovia — have made a friendly wager on who will win.

The prize for the victor: craft beer from their hometown brewery.

“They have a local craft brewery there in Berlin that’s very popular, so the winner will receive a growler of beer — for them it’s Burly Oak Brewery, for us it’s Empire Brewing Company,” said Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler. “We thought this would be simple and inexpensive, but symbolic of both towns’ economies and hospitality industries.”

February 20, 2014
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Senator LaValle Announces Availability of New “Adventure” License Plates With “Lifetime” licenses

Senator Ken LaValle announced that New York State will now offer free specialty license plates for those who purchase lifetime fishing, hunting or parks passes.

February 19, 2014
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Editorial Boards Cheer Sen. Krueger's Bill to Preserve Home Rule on Casino Siting

Since Sen. Krueger and her colleague Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk introduced their bill to protect communities' home-rule rights and prevent casinos from being forced on towns that don't want them, mutliple editorial boards from around the state -- and representing a diverse range of viewpoints -- have weighed in, cheering the bill.

February 10, 2014
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SENATE PASSES GALLIVAN BILL TO ELIMINATE “BACK TAG” REQUIREMENT FOR NEW YORK HUNTERS

Senator Also Applauds Governor For Supporting Crossbow Legalization

February 4, 2014
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SPORTSMEN: IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 2014

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 3, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and RecreationSenator Elizabeth O'C. Little, ChairTuesday, February 4, 2014332 CAP

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TIME AND LOCATION OF THIS MEETING

THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION

February 4, 4:10 PM - 4:14 PM
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RITCHIE LEADS BIPARTISAN GROUP OF LAWMAKERS IN URGING ‘UTV’ OK

Call on Governor to Join in Supporting Vehicles Popular with Outdoorsmen

State Senator Patty Ritchie is leading a bipartisan group of more than a dozen state lawmakers in calling on Governor Cuomo to join in supporting the use of Side-by-Side recreational vehicles, or “UTVs.”

The group of lawmakers have written to the Governor urging him to amend his state budget proposal to allow UTVs, which are increasingly popular among outdoorsmen—particularly elderly couples and families. New York is losing out on tens of thousands of dollars in state revenue through registration fees, and taxes from retail sales of UTVs, as well as countless tourism-related jobs by prohibiting UTVs which, because they are slightly larger than standard four-wheelers, can exceed outdated weight limits in current law.

The letter is signed by Senator Ritchie (R-Heuvelton), Senator Joe Griffo (R-Oneida County) and Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Madison County), who are sponsors of legislation to allow UTV use. Both of those bills have passed the Senate in prior years.

The letter also is signed by Senator Bill Larkin (R-Orange County), George Maziarz (R-Niagara County), Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Erie County) and Jim Seward (R-Otsego County); as well as Assembly Members Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), Ken Blankenbush (R-Black River), Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), Clifford Crouch (R-Chenango County), Aileen Gunther (D-Orange County), Steve Hawley (R-Genesee County) and Claudia Tenney (R-Oneida County).

“UTVs are increasingly popular with senior riders, couples and family members who may want to bring a child with them while enjoying our great outdoors,” the letter says. “Every year, New York State loses sales tax and motor vehicle registrations because of our outmoded definition of all-terrain vehicles in Transportation Law.”

January 30, 2014
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Sens. Krueger, Tkaczyk Introduce Bill to Protect Communities’ Home Rule and Zoning Rights with Respect to Casinos

Today State Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) announced the introduction of legislation protecting the basic home-rule rights of municipalities with respect to casino siting (S. 6433-2014).

January 23, 2014
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RITCHIE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO CREATE ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINE TRAIL

Measures Would Spotlight Black Lake, Lisbon and Winthrop Wineries 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has introduced legislation to establish a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail in an effort to help put local wineries and vineyards on the map, boost local businesses and create jobs in the North Country. 

“Over the past 27 years, more than 250 new wineries have opened across New York State—that includes many in the North Country.  Along with those new businesses come new opportunities to attract tourists to our region,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie. 

“This legislation will literally put our local wineries on the map, creating a county-wide tourist destination that can eventually be linked to the Thousand Islands Wine Trail in Jefferson County.  Moreover, the measure will help to spotlight these new wineries, boosting their businesses and also will provide for new business and employment opportunities in the North Country.”

There are currently 16 wine trails across New York, from the eastern end of Long Island to the Niagara escarpment, and including Jefferson County’s wine trail.  The St. Lawrence County Wine Trail would be the state’s 17th; a reflection of the industry’s growth and statewide presence. 

Under the proposed legislation (S.6321), the St. Lawrence County Wine Trail would begin near Black Lake’s Bella Brooke Winery in Morristown, extending to Lisbon’s River Myst Winery and then to High Peaks Winery in Winthrop.  The trail is designed also to attract visitors to St. Lawrence Brewing’s microbrewery in Canton, providing the four establishments additional opportunities to collaborate and market themselves. 

January 15, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ISSUES REPORT ON REGULATORY REFORM

REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW

ALBANY – The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

January 13, 2014
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Greek Peak Grand Opening

I was happy to be invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of Greek Peak. Congratulations to new owners John Meier (pictured) and Marc Stemerman on the new amenities at the resort. 

January 9, 2014
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I (Snowmobile) NY Tourism Event, Lowville

Governor Andrew Cuomo gathers with state legislators to announce that the state to spend $4.5 million on print, radio and television advertisements encouraging tourists to visit the Tug Hill region.

From left: Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush, R-Black River; Sen. Betty O'C. Little, R-Queensbury; Governor Cuomo; Assemblywoman Addie Russell, D-Theresa; Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome.

December 30, 2013
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Statement From Senator Griffo Regarding Governor Cuomo's Tourism-Related Visit to Lowville

New York will spend $4.5 million on print, radio and television advertisements promoting the Tug Hill Region in state, national and international markets. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement today at The Ridgeview Inn, Lowville.

“I’m pleased that Governor Cuomo has decided to spotlight the Tug Hill region as part of the state’s ‘I Love NY’ tourism campaign. This is the premier destination in New York for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, especially during the winter months. Snowmobilers provide $868 million in economic impact annually, including more than $165 million right here in the Tug Hill. That’s why I’ve been pleased to support several pieces of legislation designed to make snowmobiling more enjoyable and safer.”

December 30, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Calls on Assembly to Bring MMA Legislation to the Floor For a Vote

"Today's economic impact study of Mixed Martial Arts in New York State reaffirms the need to pass legislation to legalize MMA. My Senate colleagues have successfully passed this bill, which I have co-sponsored, every year since I have been in office. Once the legislature is back in session in January, it is my hope that the Assembly will bring this legislation to the floor. With an estimated $33 million in new revenue for Upstate New York and $68 million statewide on the line, the Assembly must take action on this legislation. To me, this is a no-brainer. Bring it to the floor!"

November 22, 2013
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GALLIVAN INVITES LANCASTER AREA BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS TO TAKE PART IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT

New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Economic Development, announced today that he is partnering with the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Small Business Summit for business owners, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs from Lancaster and surrounding communities.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, December 5th from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at the headquarters of Try-It Distributing, 4155 Walden Avenue in Lancaster.

The program will feature an update on small business and economic growth initiatives being undertaken by Senator Gallivan in Albany and a presentation by professional business development consultant Frank Swiatek entitled “What Businesses Can Do For Themselves.”

November 8, 2013
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ADDABBO STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING FULL GAMING IN NEW YORK STATE

Queens, NY, November 8, 2013  -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, released the following post-Election Day statement:

November 8, 2013
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New York Post: Turning Your NY Apartment into a Hotel Is Illegal

Nicole Gelinas cuts through the Airbnb talking points with this thoughtful column on short-term rentals from Monday's New York Post:

Airbnb’s other argument is that its “hosts” need cash. We all need money, but we can’t break the law. Plus, by enabling rent-stabilized tenants to violate their leases as well as the law, Airbnb puts its “hosts” in danger of eviction...

Airbnb also says the money its hosts make helps them keep New York affordable. “This income is actually helping them to stay in their homes,” Airbnb policy director Molly Turner said last month.

But a landlord can get $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom legally, or $9,000 illegally. After he eventually cuts out the middleman — the tenant who thinks she’s smart in making a few extra bucks — that’s an apartment that someone can’t live in, pushing up rents for everyone.

You don’t have to believe in rent control to realize that the city should enforce laws to keep apartments as apartments.

November 5, 2013
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