Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Radisson Hotel Cuts Ribbon on Renovations

This afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Radisson Rochester Riverside Hotel. Originally opened in 1969, more than $3.5 million has been invested over the last three years in renovating and upgrading guest rooms, the fitness center, and all of the meeting spaces.

September 20, 2012
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East Avenue Inn and Suites Unveils Renovations

Earlier today, I have the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony of the renovated East Avenue Inn and Suites. Downtown Rochester's only boutique hotel, located at 384 East Avenue, the hotel invites business and casual travelers to enjoy a modern and artistic guest experience only minutes away from all of Rochester's best known cultural attractions. For more information visit, http://eastaveinn.com/. Best wishes to John and his entire family on continued success!

September 19, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE CONGRATULATES JUNIOR BASSMASTERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently congratulated the top winners in the Northern New York Junior Bassmasters fishing tournament, held in Ogdensburg. 

The program, sponsored by the Northern New York Bassmasters, introduces young people to fishing and the outdoors.

September 15, 2012
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1,300 SPORTSMEN PARTICIPATE IN SEN. RITCHIE’S 2012 SPORTSMEN’S SURVEY

Sportsmen Oppose Lowering Junior Hunting Age, Support ‘Gift Cards’ Used for Fees and Expansion of Crossbow Hunting

VIEW THE SURVEY RESULTS BY CLICKING HERE

Sportsmen in New York State support an expansion of crossbow hunting, and a law that would require the DEC to offer “gift cards” that could be used to pay sportsmen’s fees and oppose lowering the junior hunting age, according to Senator Ritchie’s 2012 Sportsmen’s Survey. 

September 5, 2012
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Countdown to 95th PGA Championship

Earlier Thursday morning, I had the privilege to attend an event at the Greater Rochester International Airport to launch the official countdown to the 2013 PGA Championship. Next year's tournament will take place from August 5th through August 11th at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford. During today's event, the official countdown clock was unveiled, and the Wanamaker Trophy arrived in Rochester. The trophy, presented to the winner of the PGA Championship each year, will be at the airport for the next year. For more information on the PGA Championship, visit www.pgachampionship.com.

August 23, 2012
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Governor Approves Griffo-Brindisi Legislation for Snowmobiler Safety

Governor Approves Griffo-Brindisi Legislation for Snowmobiler Safety

August 16, 2012
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BUFFALO NEWS: Aquarium expansion could woo tourists into spending more time in the Falls

The Aquarium of Niagara wowed visitors when it opened nearly a half-century ago. But many believe it is, as one lawmaker put it, a gem in need of repolishing.

Aquarium officials are beginning the first steps of that process, and the state has pitched in to help. USA Niagara Development Corp. agreed last month to fund a $66,000 study that will document the deficiencies of the entire 32,000-square-foot complex - which officials say is a much-needed step.

"Just like a home or apartment, you need some upgrades," said Development Director Gay B. Molnar. "What the study will show us is what are our strengths, what are our weaknesses and what do we need to do to enhance [our offerings] here."

August 13, 2012
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GALLIVAN CONTINUES TO PRESSURE THRUWAY AUTHORITY TO CUT COSTS RATHER THAN RAISE TOLLS ON TRUCKS

Chairman of the Senate's Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, formally requested that the New York State Thruway Authority consider cost saving measures before anything as drastic as a 45 percent toll hike on three-axled vehicles is considered.

In the letter to Thruway Authority Chairman, Howard Milstein, Senator Gallivan said that any such toll hike would have a serious impact on the western New York economy, area farms, and consumers.

August 10, 2012
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Governor Cuomo, Stop Fracking Around with Our Health

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

By -- STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS, New York Amsterdam News

I’m New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; I’m opposed to hydrofracking because it puts our children’s future at risk. New York City residents have a tremendous stake in whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows hydrofracking in New York. This dangerous method of natural gas drilling threatens our water, air, food and health. Along with a growing number of elected officials, local leaders and community organizations, I have come to the conclusion that fracking is not safe and should be banned statewide.

August 10, 2012
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DREAMING OF OLYMPIC GOLD

Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with the parents of Mexico, NY's, Ann Jardin, as they worked to raise funds for their daughter's dream of being part of the US trap shooting team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

20-year-old Ann is an already accomplished shooter who has competed and excelled in the Empire State Games, among other competitions. The funds raised will ne used to pay for her training and other expenses.

 

August 4, 2012
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Seneca Lake Scenic Byway Signed Into Law

Albany, N.Y., August 2—New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) and State Senators Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Mike Nozzolio (R-C, Seneca Falls) announced today that legislation they sponsored to designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway between Schuyler and Seneca counties as a New York State Scenic Byway, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The Senate approved the legislation ((S.5818/A.8468, Chapter 310 of the Laws of 2012) in late March.  It was given final legislative approval in early June by the Assembly, where it was also cosponsored by Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats).

August 2, 2012
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA PRESENTS THE STATEN ISLAND GUIDE TO SUMMER FUN 2012!

Dear Neighbor:

I am pleased to present you with the first annual Staten Island Guide to Summer Fun 2012. Summer interns from my office worked hard to compile a list of concerts, pools, programs and other summer fun ideas being offered on Staten Island this month. I hope you find the information useful and make time to enjoy some of what Staten Island has to offer.

Sincerely,

ANDREW LANZA

Please open the attached document to view the Staten Island Guide to Summer Fun 2012.

 

File: 
STATEN ISLAND Guide to Summer Fun 2012.pdf

August 1, 2012
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO SUPPORT WILDERNESS RESCUE GROUPS

Governor’s Signature Sets Standards 30 Years in the Making

July 18, 2012
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2012 Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest

On Thursday, July 12th, I had the privilege to speak at the Rib-In cutting ceremony to officially open the 2012 Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest. This year's festival takes place at Highland Park through Sunday, serving at 11:30 a.m. each day. For all the details on the great food and music that will be a part of this year's festival, visit http://www.rochesterevents.com/festivals-events/big-rib-bbq-blues-fest/.

July 12, 2012
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Brass Taxi Performs at Concerts by the Shore

On Wednesday, July 11th, I had the privilege to join Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and introduce Brass Taxi (pictured above) prior to thier performance at Concerts by the Shore. The free concert series takes place every Wednesday night, until the end of August, at Ontario Beach Park, beginning at 7:00. You can click on the Concerts by the Shore graphic on my homepage to see the 2012 Concerts by the Shore schedule.

July 12, 2012
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Pickleball Courts Open in Monroe County

On Tuesday, July 2nd, I had the privilege to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the first Pickleball courts in Monroe County. The courts are located next to the Roger Robach Community Center at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte. For more information on Pickleball, visit http://www.usapa.org/. Following the press conference, I gave Pickleball a try!

 

 

July 3, 2012
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SKELOS TAPS GALLIVAN AS NEW CHAIR OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator  

ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

July 2, 2012
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Watch it Here: Finger Lakes Wine Country Promotional Video

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with Finger Lakes Wine Country, Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Mark Twain Country, and the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport to create this video highlighting Finger Lakes wine country -- one of the world's great regions.

June 29, 2012
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O'Mara: Hammondsport's 'Coolest Small Town' celebration this weekend a great kickoff to summer in the Finger Lakes

Hammondsport, N.Y., June 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) will join other area officials and community residents at tomorrow’s village-wide celebration of Hammondsport’s  designation as Budget Travel magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Town 2012.”

“What a great way to help welcome another season of summer tourism in the Finger Lakes.  It took a fantastic, region-wide show of support to help Hammondsport rise to the top, and it’s a real tribute to one of our great Finger Lakes towns,” said O’Mara. “It helps remind the nation that the Finger Lakes region is alive and well, and still making unique and valuable contributions to America’s culture and economy.”

June 29, 2012
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