Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Senator Valesky Attends 2014 New York State Fair Opening

Senator Valesky joined Governor Andrew Cuomo to officially open the 2014 New York State Fair on Thursday, August 21.

August 21, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #29: The New York State Fair is Great Every Year

The state’s biggest music and entertainment festival, trade show and agriculture exhibit is happening right now and it’s all in one place – the Great New York State Fair.

The state fair is the capstone to what is always a great county fair season.  It is a celebration of all things New York. It is a showcase for one of the state’s most important industries, agriculture, which has a $5.7 billion annual economic impact. It serves as an introduction to many of our citizens’ diverse backgrounds and cultural traditions. And it’s a platform for our best and brightest young people to show off their talents, whether it’s on a stage or in a barn.

August 21, 2014

Seward Bill For Cortlandville Park Signed By Governor

ALBANY, 08/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, allowing the Town of Cortlandville to acquire a parcel of land for park purposes, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

“This legislation clears the way for new recreational opportunities for residents of Cortlandville and the surrounding communities at little or no cost to the town,” said Senator Seward.  “As we continue to search for affordable, environmentally sound family activities, more and more people turn to our parks.  This is a great way to showcase our natural beauty and get more people outdoors.” 

August 18, 2014

What’s Your Opinion on Hydrofracking Waste in New York?

Earlier this year, I held a public forum in Albany on the issue of hydrofracking waste disposal, focusing on the health and environmental risks posed by the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.  Hydrofracking waste is being brought into New York from Pennsylvania, and we know that this waste contains toxins that can contaminate drinking water. Some of this waste is being disposed of in New York landfills – but  is not being regulated as hazardous waste. I will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous waste products of hydrofracking. 

I’d like to hear the views of my constituents on these important issues. Please take a moment to answer these opinion questions below. Thank you for your participation.

August 18, 2014

Senator Valesky Congratulates Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tyler O'Connor, 7, for winning Senator Valesky's Summer Art Contest in the 10 and under category out of all entries from the Town of Sullivan Playground Program. Tyler's winning artwork is shown in the inset.

August 15, 2014

Senator Gallivan issues 2014 Agritourism Guide

Farms and businesses across Western New York are opening their doors, issuing a heartfelt invitation to sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in New York's growing venture - agritourism.  Agritourism is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, a heady mix of farms, markets, people, livestock and the culture of growing food, guaranteed to entertain people of all ages.  Whether you're looking for an authentic farm experience, a pastoral setting to pick strawberries or ride horses, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.

August 14, 2014

Kennedy: $250,000 in Funding to Boost Buffalo’s Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

Senator Tim Kennedy joined local and state leaders to highlight a $250,000 funding award for the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission. The corridor is a nationally and internationally recognized Buffalo neighborhood, serving as a focal point to residents and visitors learning about Buffalo’s rich and diverse history. The efforts will increase the ability of the corridor to serve as an anchor for tourism.

August 8, 2014

Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Bills include support for educational initiatives, watershed projects, and programs to combat invasive species

ALBANY – Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout New York are on the front lines of protecting the State’s natural resources, helping landowners, preventing floods, fighting the spread of invasive species, and educating the public.

Three bills sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, provide SWCDs with additional tools they need to accomplish their ambitious mission. The first two of these bills also were passed by the Assembly and are awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 29, 2014

Daily Mail: Tkaczyk tours Kaaterskill Falls with eye on safety

By Kyle Adams  Columbia-Greene Media

HAINES FALLS — New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk met with local leaders Sunday afternoon for a tour of Kaaterskill Falls, where one of several recent accidents resulted in the death of a Dutchess County woman.

The waterfall is a popular tourist destination, but the dangerous terrain and tendency of tourists to hike unprepared has led to numerous accidents and deaths over the years.

“I wanted to experience it firsthand and see and understand the challenges,” Tkaczyk said Sunday. “It’s a great asset in the area and we need to make sure that people can enjoy it safely.”

July 28, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie recently toured parts of St. Lawrence County’s Multi-Use Trail System as part of an event held to celebrate the outdoor recreational opportunities the trails provide. 

The trails are designed to be used for activities during all four seasons of the year, including walking, ATVs, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more.  

July 25, 2014

Livingston County Rifle Bill Becomes Law

For Release: Immediate, July 22, 2014 

Senator Young, Senator Gallivan, and Assemblyman Nojay Announce Authorization of Rifle Hunting in Livingston County

Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma), and Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Pittsford) announced the authorization of big game rifle hunting in Livingston County.

July 22, 2014

Wayne Hale of Medina named to Canal Recreationway Commission

Senator George Maziarz is pleased to announced that Wayne Hale of Medina has been appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as a member of the New York State Canal Recreationway Commission.  Hale has worked as Director of the Orleans County Planning and Development Department since 1986, Tourism Project Director for Orleans County’s I Love NY Program since 1992, and Manager of the Orleans County Marine Park since 1998.

Senator Maziarz said, “Wayne is a consummate professional who is widely respected across the state for his experience and wisdom relating to tourism and planning matters.  He will be a great Orleans County voice and I was proud to recommend him for appointment to this important panel.”

July 16, 2014

Sen. Krueger Discusses the Airbnb Controversy with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate

Liz joined Leonard Lopate to discuss the controversy over Airbnb in New York City, what’s legal, what’s not, and why. Audio available here

July 14, 2014


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Whether it’s on the mighty St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, or any of the other many bodies of water that dot our region, there’s not much that’s better than casting your line on a summer day. 

Not only is fishing a way of life here in Central and Northern New York, it’s also a major economic driver; helping to reel in $1.8 billion annually for our state.  While this industry helps to create jobs and has a significant impact on our bottom line, there’s still plenty of room for growth and countless opportunities for attracting even more sportsmen to our region. 

July 14, 2014

One of the summer's great events, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, begins tonight at Watkins Glen International

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, one of the region's and state's great events, kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend at Watkins Glen International.

Find out more on the event's website,

Read more in:

The Leader, '90 wineries to pour samples at this weekend's Finger Lakes Wine Fest'

July 11, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #27: Go To The County Fair

The mercury on the thermometer is hitting 80-plus degrees and the children are out of school. Summer vacation is officially underway, and you may be wondering what to do.

Well, there’s plenty of great ways to have fun without having to travel far or put a dent in your bank account. I’d like to talk about one of my favorite activities.

July 3, 2014

Goshen Historic Track Celebrates 104th Year of Grand Circuit Racing

Senator Bonacic joins Steve Jones, President of the Historic Racing Track Board (center); and Board Member, John Manzi, at the Goshen Historic Track's 104th Year of Grand Circuit Racing on July 2, 2014.  The Goshen Race Track, which opened in 1838, is the oldest active trotting track in the country.  

July 2, 2014


Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 1--During his visit to Watkins Glen International last weekend as part of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, which included dropping the green flag to start the Continental Tire 150, Senator O'Mara took a ride around the track in a Dallara Daytona Prototype.

July 1, 2014


Funding Will Help Clear the Bay for Outdoor Recreation

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in special funding to combat invasive weeds on Goose Bay; a top tourist and fishing destination in the North Country.

June 30, 2014

Senator Bonacic With Richard and Marianne Rowley at the Ribbon-Cutting of Davidge Pool in Middletown

Senator Bonacic attended the ribbon-cutting for the Davidge Park Pool in Middletown.  The cost of rebuilding the pool, closed since 2010, was $1.4 million dollars; the State provided a grant of $450,000 for the project, the City of Middletown provided $750,000, and Richard and Marianne Rowley donated $200,000 to make the pool a reality.

June 30, 2014
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