Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Participants Needed For "Old McDonald Had a Farm" World Record Attempt at Allegany State Park

Record-Setting Crowd to Sing the Classic Nursery Rhyme at Sally Marsh Hootenanny this Saturday

ALLEGANY STATE PARK – For the past 42 summers and counting, visitors have always been able to count on a Hootenanny with Sally Marsh at Allegany State Park every Thursday evening. Each summer, scores continue to come out to the park’s Quaker Amphitheater to sing and dance as Sally plays her songs.

Now, loyal fans and park visitors can be a part of history by helping Sally set a record, according to Senator Catharine Young.

August 15, 2013
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Op-Ed: Cashing in on tourism

As reported by the Queens Courier:

By State Senator Jose Peralta:

While New York struggles to recover from the recession of 2008, it is clear that at least one of its major industries is thriving like never before–New York City tourism.

In 2012, the city welcomed a record-breaking 52 million visitors, despite the devastation wrought by Sandy.  According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, these tourists, who paid for a total of 29 million hotel room nights, poured more than $55 billion into the city’s economy.

What’s more, the city’s hotel occupancy stands at 87 percent, the highest in the nation. Better yet, there is good reason to believe that tourism remains a growing industry, with much of its potential still untapped, particularly outside of Manhattan.  In the past six years, 72 new hotels have been built in boroughs other than Manhattan and a record-high percentage of non-Manhattan hotels are under development for the next four years.

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August 15, 2013
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Senator O'Mara statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo's tour of the Finger Lakes (UPDATED, August 14th)

Elmira, N.Y., August 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s visit to the Finger Lakes region today to showcase the state’s wine and grape industry and other tourism-related assets and strengths:

August 13, 2013
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Funding Announced For Cortland Repertory Theatre

CORTLAND, 08/13/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide assist with the “Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown” project. 

August 13, 2013
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RITCHIE HELPS SHOWCASE WORLD-CLASS SPORTFISHING AT BASSMASTER ELITE TOURNAMENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie helped wrap up the Bassmaster Elite Tournament on Sunday in Waddington, as the four day fishing extravaganza drew to a close. 

The “Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River,” tournament attracted the country’s top anglers and thousands of fishing enthusiasts to St. Lawrence County, with Idaho native Brandon Palaniuk taking home the weekend’s top prize and earning a spot in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. 

August 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ROOTS NY COSMOS TO VICTORY IN OPENING GAME

Senator Jack M. Martins was at Hofstra Stadium on Saturday night, August 3 to watch the New York Cosmos' first victory in 29 years.  In front of a sellout crown of nearly 12,000, the Cosmos defeated The Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League home opener. On hand, to bring back the memories of the Cosmos's glory year was soccer legend Pele. 

Senator Martins has been instrumental in trying to find a permanent home for the Cosmos. The franchise has proposed building a privately funded world-class stadium in the south lot at Belmont Park, a project the Senator has publicly supported because of its potential for economic revitalization in Elmont. 

 

August 5, 2013
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Senator O'Brien discusses development of wine tourism industry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien was today joined by representatives of local wineries and tourism organizations to call for increased state efforts to support the growing wine and wine tourism industries in the Finger Lakes region. The Senator noted that these industries provide essential jobs and economic growth for upstate New York.

“The wine tourism industry has an enormous impact on our state economy, providing almost $4 billion a year and bringing approximately 5 million visitors a year to our communities,” Senator O’Brien said. “State government must continue its efforts to expand this industry and help these innovative companies do what they do best, grow and put New Yorkers back to work.”

July 31, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Allowing For VLTs At OTBs On Long Island

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act, a comprehensive new law that, pending approval of a referendum this fall, will establish four destination gaming resorts in Upstate New York and boost tourism and economic development in communities across the region. Under the casino gaming plan outlined in the new law, all localities in the state will share in increased education aid, or lower property taxes, no matter where the casinos are located.

July 30, 2013
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Plan to accommodate cyclists on Amtrak begins to take shape

   Senator Betty Little is pictured with a small group of cyclists at the Saratoga Rail Station waiting to board the Ethan Allen Amtrak train on Wednesday, July 25, 2013.

July 25, 2013
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GRIFFO ACCEPTS ADIRONDACK CHALLENGE - PLANS TO BEST GOVERNOR AND OTHER ALSO-RANS

State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today expressed confidence that the Senate’s team entry into the First Annual Adirondack Challenge would prevail over the rest of the field of raft-racing participants.

 

 

 

July 20, 2013
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2013 WNY AGRI-TOURISM GUIDE IS HERE

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, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.  

July 18, 2013
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Senator Adams enjoys Bike Share program

Senator Adams enjoys Bike Share program

July 17, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS GALEF/CARLUCCI BILL BANNING SMOKING IN PLAYGROUNDS

Law prohibits smokers from exposing children to this harmful behavior 

(July 12, 2013) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator David Carlucci are pleased to announce the Governor’s approval of legislation meant to protect our state’s youth.  The newly signed law (A.4205/S1643-Chapter 102 of the Laws of New York 2013) will prohibit smoking at public playgrounds where children under twelve are present during the hours between sunrise and sunset.  This legislation would not prevent local municipalities from enacting or applying more rigorous anti-smoking policies.

July 12, 2013
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES RIFLE HUNTING NOW PERMANENT IN WYOMING COUNTY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S.3757-A/A5832-A) to make the provisions of a 2011 law allowing rifle hunting in Wyoming County permanent.

“Hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation are important parts of Western New York’s cultural history and equally important to our area economy. My first piece of legislation passed in the Senate was to allow rifle hunting in Wyoming County and today I am pleased to announce that we have made that law permanent. Local sportsmen have been long sought for rifle hunting to have a permanent place in Wyoming County and I am proud to have delivered it this year.”

July 12, 2013
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Finger Lakes Wine Festival, July 12-14, 2013 ~ Find out more

One of the summer's highlights, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, begins on Friday, July 12th and runs through Sunday, July 14th.

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July 11, 2013
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ROCHESTER AREA BUSINESSES JOIN SENATOR GALLIVAN FOR BUSINESS SUMMIT AT RIT

Small Businesses From Across Monroe and Livingston Counties Hear Discussions From WNY State Senator And Small Business Development Experts At RIT’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability

HENRIETTA, NY – More than 50 area employers turned out Thursday morning for New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s (R-C-I, 59th District) Small Business Summit at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) state-of-art Golisano Institute of Sustainability in Henrietta. RIT sponsored the event in partnership with the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce and the Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce.

June 28, 2013
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Cutting the ribbon at Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride

This unique attraction in Lockport has a brand new headquarters!  Senator George Maziarz joined local officials in cutting the ribbon to open the new facility on the edge of the escarpment, overlooking the Erie Canal's "Flight of Five" locks.  Visit www.lockportcave.com for more information.

June 28, 2013
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Carlucci, Galef Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign Comprehensive Boating Safety Package into Law

OSSINING, NYSenator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Assemblywoman Sandy Galef(D-Westchester/Putnam), and other state and local officials today joined forces to urge the Governor to sign their legislation that will fundamentally change the way boating safety is implemented in New York State.  With summer finally here, the two state legislators were able to pass their bill through both chambers of the state legislature last week.  The effort is designed to educate individuals who currently do not possess boating knowledge to help prevent tragedies from unfolding, as was the case last summer in Long Island and along the Hudson River.

June 27, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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