Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Centennial of "Spirit of 1776" Wagon highlights New York as cradle of women's rights movement

July 1, 2013 designated as the “Spirit of 1776” Wagon Day by legislative resolution

The historic “Spirit of 1776” wagon used in organizing for Votes for Women in New York State received special attention as the focus of a press conference Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in The Well of the Legislative Office Building, in Albany.

June 19, 2013
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ALLOW CROSSBOW HUNTING IN NEW YORK

Gallivan Says “It’s Time To Expand Opportunities For State’s Sportsmen”

ALBANY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that the New York State Senate has again passed legislation (1699-B) to make the crossbow a legal hunting implement in New York State, and empower the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to promulgate rules and regulations to establish a crossbow hunting season and govern their use in New York.

June 14, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN - AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND THE SENECA NATION

"Today’s announcement of an agreement between the Seneca Nation and the State of New York to resolve several longstanding issues regarding the Seneca Nation’s gaming operations and its associated revenue is welcome news for Western New York, its economy and its important relationship with the Seneca people. Citizens are always best served when mutually-vested interests work through differences to advance common goals. I thank Governor Cuomo, the Seneca Nation and my legislative colleagues for having the perseverance to realize this day."

June 13, 2013
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Skift: Airbnb Gears Up for Big Legal and Legislative Battles in New York

Liz spoke to travel news source Skift about Airbnb the 2011 law she passed to help the city protect New York residents and tourists from illegal hotel operations.

June 6, 2013
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STATE SENATOR PATRICK GALLIVAN INVITES MONROE AND LIVINGSTON BUSINESSES TO PARTICIPATE IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT AT RIT

New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-59th District) is hosting a “Small Business Summit and Networking Event” on June 27th from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s state-of-the-art Golisano Institute of Sustainability on the RIT campus in Henrietta.

June 3, 2013
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Senator Young attended a ribbon cutting for the Genesee River Wilds Transit Bridge Launch Site

Senator Young recently attended a ribbon cutting for the Genesee River Wilds Transit Bridge Launch Site in Belfast.

The new area provides access for kayaks and canoes, has ample parking and also boasts an informational kiosk. This location has the potential to become a recreation hot spot for those who want to get outside and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Pictured with Senator Young are Dr. Allen Kerkeslager, Genesee River Wilds Co-Founder; Curt Crandall, Chairman of the Allegany County Legislature; William Hart, Genesee River Wilds Board President and Co-Founder; and Assemblyman Joe Giglio.

June 3, 2013
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SQUADRON, PARKS ADVOCATES URGE LARGE CONSERVANCIES TO JOIN NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS ALLIANCE & ENSURE MORE EQUITY ACROSS NYC PARKS

With Pools on Chopping Block, Squadron Calls for Increased Parks Funding

Squadron Also Announces Legislation to Require Participation of Well-Funded Conservancies in Alliance

LOWER EAST SIDE – With pools in low-income neighborhoods on the chopping block this summer, and disparities between parks around the city continuing to grow, State Senator Daniel Squadron and parks advocates are calling on large, well-funded park conservancies to join Squadron's proposed Neighborhood Parks Alliance to ensure more equity across the city's 1,700 parks, and urging an increase in parks funding. Squadron was joined by parks advocates at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.

June 1, 2013
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Vacation at New York State Parks this Summer

New York has some of the most breathtaking outdoor scenery in the nation. From the peaks of the Adirondacks to the shores of Lake Erie, our state has a truly unparalleled natural beauty.

As we head into summer – and campgrounds across the state are now open – we encourage you to consider planning a trip to one of our state’s majestic parks. In our area alone, we have Allegany State Park, Conesus Lake Boat Launch, the Genesee Valley Greenway, Lake Erie State Park, Letchworth State Park, Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua, Midway State Park and Stony Brook State Park.

May 31, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Room 309 LOB

June 5, 9:00 AM - 9:22 AM
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RITCHIE BILL ALLOWING REGISTRATION OF UTVs PASSES SENATE

Bipartisan Bill Will Boost Tourism, Keep More UTV Riders in NYS

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Patty Ritchie that closes a legal loophole to allow people to use increasingly popular Utility Task Vehicles—commonly known as UTVs— has passed the State Senate. 

The bill, S.1946, increases the acceptable weight limits on ATVs from 1,000 to 1,500 pounds, allowing New Yorkers to register UTVs and generating more state revenue through registrations, as many riders are traveling outside of New York State to register these increasingly popular vehicles.

May 30, 2013
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Proposed Belleayre Resort Will Bring Long-Term Economic Growth

ONEONTA, 05/29/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong support for the proposed plans for Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.  Senator Seward says the planned resort will aid in long-term economic growth for the Catskill region.

“After meeting with local elected officials and hearing from area business owners and residents it is clear to me that the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park will be a positive development for our region,” said Senator Seward.  “I look forward to working with the developers and other key collaborators to advance this plan and move forward in a timely fashion.”

May 29, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Mark Grisanti and Crystal Peoples-Stokes: It’s time to legalize popular sport in New York

By Sen. Mark Grisanti and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-StokesNow is the time to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York. We should join the 48 states that have legalized MMA, the fastest-growing sport in the country.We recognize that MMA is not a sport for everyone, just as some are not fans of hockey, baseball, NASCAR or football. However, there are millions of New York MMA fans, who can and do watch MMA in New York already.It’s on broadcast, cable and pay-per-view television. In fact, more UFC pay-per-view events are purchased by New Yorkers than by residents of any other state.

May 25, 2013
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Senator O'Brien highlights state's increased focus on tourism

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood alongside representatives of several tourism-related organizations and businesses, along with local elected officials, to tout the 55th Senate District’s growth as a tourism destination. He also highlighted state programs, newly introduced in this year’s budget, that seek to specifically promote, market and develop upstate tourism.

“As vibrant and exciting as the tourism industry is in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region, we have only begun to unlock our full potential,” Senator O’Brien said. “These new initiatives, which will work in concert with our existing tourism groups and businesses, will be tremendous catalysts for growing our region’s tourism economy.”

May 24, 2013
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Senator O'Brien calls for fracking moratorium

 

ALBANY, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien stood with his Democratic conference colleagues to call for a moratorium on the issuance of certain natural gas drilling permits until a comprehensive health impact study has been completed.  Senator O'Brien stressed the importance of allowing the scientific inquiry regarding "fracking" to advance before making a final decision.

May 22, 2013
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Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of bill that amends the highway law to designate the bridge that crosses over Route 198 into Delaware Park that connects Nottingham Terrace with Hoyt Lake in the City of Buffalo as "Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge."  The renaming of the bridge - approved with the passage of Senate Bill 1599 - culminated the efforts of local community activists who have been working on this project for over two years as part of their ongoing efforts to have a memorial in the city that honors people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

May 22, 2013
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Federal Dollars To Help Commercial And Recreation Fishing Industry Rebuild After Superstorm Sandy

$20 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SANDY-IMPACTED FISHING INDUSTRYGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged coastal fishing businesses harmed by Storm Sandy to apply for available funding through the State’s recently approved Coastal Fishing Industry Grant Program. Under the program, eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to cover uncompensated losses. “The regions most devastated by Superstorm Sandy are also vital parts of our state’s fishing industry, supporting thousands of local jobs and generating billions in economic activity,” Governor Cuomo said. “With peak fishing season arriving, I am directing new federal funds to support this critical industry on Long Island and Staten Island as it works to reach full recovery.”

May 20, 2013
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RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 AND OK FOR DREDGING OF SANDY POND CHANNEL

Funding Will Help Boaters, Local Businesses

Just in time for the summer boating season, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in state funding to be used for the dredging of the Sandy Pond Channel in Oswego County.

On Thursday, Senator Ritchie met with local leaders, community members, business owners and members of the Sandy Pond Channel Maintenance Association to make the announcement. 

May 16, 2013
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Senator Robach Comments on Casino Gaming

Senator Robach discusses the possible expansion of casino gaming in New York State, and why it is important to keep the Finger Lakes region in mind for expansion.

May 9, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS GOV’S EFFORTS TO DRAW CANADIAN TOURISTS TO NY

Suggestion by Senator Ritchie Included in Governor’s

New Plan to Boost Tourism

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a number of new initiatives aimed at drawing Canadian tourists to New York State and boosting cross-border commerce.

The efforts were unveiled Wednesday at the Capitol during the Governor’s first-ever New York State Tourism Summit.  As a roundtable participant at the event,  Senator Ritchie spoke about opportunities for expanding and better showcasing tourism in Central and Northern New York.

Specifically, Senator Ritchie —who is a member of the Senate's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee—spoke about identifying ways to target Canadian consumers, and suggested improving signage to highlight destinations in Central and Northern New York. 

May 8, 2013
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New York's first-ever Tourism Summit on tap in Albany today ~ Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:30 a.m.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosts the state's first-ever Tourism Summit at the Capitol today.

Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:30 a.m.

May 8, 2013
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