Issues: Recreation and Tourism

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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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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