Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Statement From Senator Griffo Regarding Governor Cuomo's Tourism-Related Visit to Lowville

New York will spend $4.5 million on print, radio and television advertisements promoting the Tug Hill Region in state, national and international markets. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement today at The Ridgeview Inn, Lowville.

“I’m pleased that Governor Cuomo has decided to spotlight the Tug Hill region as part of the state’s ‘I Love NY’ tourism campaign. This is the premier destination in New York for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, especially during the winter months. Snowmobilers provide $868 million in economic impact annually, including more than $165 million right here in the Tug Hill. That’s why I’ve been pleased to support several pieces of legislation designed to make snowmobiling more enjoyable and safer.”

December 30, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Calls on Assembly to Bring MMA Legislation to the Floor For a Vote

"Today's economic impact study of Mixed Martial Arts in New York State reaffirms the need to pass legislation to legalize MMA. My Senate colleagues have successfully passed this bill, which I have co-sponsored, every year since I have been in office. Once the legislature is back in session in January, it is my hope that the Assembly will bring this legislation to the floor. With an estimated $33 million in new revenue for Upstate New York and $68 million statewide on the line, the Assembly must take action on this legislation. To me, this is a no-brainer. Bring it to the floor!"

November 22, 2013
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GALLIVAN INVITES LANCASTER AREA BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS TO TAKE PART IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT

New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Economic Development, announced today that he is partnering with the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Small Business Summit for business owners, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs from Lancaster and surrounding communities.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, December 5th from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at the headquarters of Try-It Distributing, 4155 Walden Avenue in Lancaster.

The program will feature an update on small business and economic growth initiatives being undertaken by Senator Gallivan in Albany and a presentation by professional business development consultant Frank Swiatek entitled “What Businesses Can Do For Themselves.”

November 8, 2013
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ADDABBO STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING FULL GAMING IN NEW YORK STATE

Queens, NY, November 8, 2013  -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, released the following post-Election Day statement:

November 8, 2013
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New York Post: Turning Your NY Apartment into a Hotel Is Illegal

Nicole Gelinas cuts through the Airbnb talking points with this thoughtful column on short-term rentals from Monday's New York Post:

Airbnb’s other argument is that its “hosts” need cash. We all need money, but we can’t break the law. Plus, by enabling rent-stabilized tenants to violate their leases as well as the law, Airbnb puts its “hosts” in danger of eviction...

Airbnb also says the money its hosts make helps them keep New York affordable. “This income is actually helping them to stay in their homes,” Airbnb policy director Molly Turner said last month.

But a landlord can get $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom legally, or $9,000 illegally. After he eventually cuts out the middleman — the tenant who thinks she’s smart in making a few extra bucks — that’s an apartment that someone can’t live in, pushing up rents for everyone.

You don’t have to believe in rent control to realize that the city should enforce laws to keep apartments as apartments.

November 5, 2013
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Sen. Krueger's Anti-Casino Press Conference in the News

On Thursday, Sen. Krueger joined a diverse group of advocates, including Ramsey Adams of Catskill Mountainkeeper and Mike Long, chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, to launch a campaign against Proposal One, the constitutional amendment authorizing up to seven new casinos in New York State, which is on the November 2013 ballot for the voters' approval. Multiple news outlets covered the press conference, including the Wall Street Journal, the Daily News, and Capital New York.

November 1, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Reminds New Yorkers to put Safety First this Halloween

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D- Flushing) is urging children and parents to use caution this Halloween so that the day remains safe and enjoyable for all.

 

October 28, 2013
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Grisanti Announces $250,000 In Funding For Town Of Evans

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced today that he has secured funding for the Town of Evans that will be used for environmental, public safety and parks and recreation projects that will enhance and improve conditions in the community while at the same time accomplish budgetary relief and increase efficiency.

Among the highlights are $100,000 for environmental cleanup efforts by dredging Sturgeon Point Marina and $150,000 to help purchase a water craft for the Town of Evans Police Department.

October 21, 2013
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Bountiful Apples

Celebrate fall by visiting New York orchards and farms 

ALBANY — With an especially plentiful crop this year, families and individuals in New York are celebrating autumn by enjoying the crisp bite of the state fruit – the apple.

“Last year’s fruit crops, including apples, were devastated by a combination of unseasonably warm spring weather that was followed by freezing temperatures,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “After facing such a difficult year in 2012, this year’s harvest demonstrates the resilience of our apple growers throughout the state.”

October 15, 2013
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Senator Young Announces Signing of Legislation Promoting Lake Erie Wine Country Tourism

For Release: Immediate, September 30, 2013

Law officially renames the Chautauqua Wine Trail the “Lake Erie Wine Country Trail”

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that Governor Cuomo has signed legislation passed by the State Legislature this year that officially affirms the name change of the Chautauqua Wine Trail to the “Lake Erie Wine Country Trail,” the group’s preferred title for marketing and promotional efforts since 2010.

Following the passage of Senate Bill 3923B/Assembly Bill 5721B this year, the legislation sponsored by Senator Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) was then delivered to the Governor and has now been signed into law.

October 7, 2013
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Senators on Regulatory Reform

Senator David J. Valesky appeared on Capital Tonight on YNN this week, along with Sens. Patrick Gallivan and Kathleen Marchione, to talk about the regulatory reform hearings they have been conducting around the state to find burdensome and unnecessary regulations. Watch the interview here.

October 4, 2013
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On Behalf of Regular New Yorkers, Sen. Krueger Responds to Airbnb's "Three Principles"

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in response to Airbnb's recent blog post, which was circulated to media as part of an ongoing public relations and lobbying effort against New York's laws on short-term rentals.

October 3, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Signs Into Law Bill S1025; Important Boost for Tourism in New York State

Governor Cuomo Signs Into Law 
Bill S1025; Important Boost for Tourism in New York State

October 3, 2013
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Statement on Appeals Board Decision in the Nigel Warren Short-Term Rental Case

The following statement is attributable to State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan):

"The New York City ECB Appeals Board decision overturning fines levied against Airbnb host Nigel Warren's landlord is little more than the exception that proves the rule. The Appeals Board dismissed the fines because Mr. Warren's roommate, who was a permanent resident of the apartment, was present in the apartment during an Airbnb customer's stay. Situations like this one, where a permanent tenant remains living in a part of the home, were never the focus of the New York law against illegal hotels.

October 1, 2013
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The Verge: One Ruling Doesn't Make Airbnb Sublets Legal

Tech news site The Verge reported on the Airbnb-backed appeal that overturned fines in one illegal short-term rental case, and quoted Liz, putting the decision into perspective.

October 1, 2013
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The New York Times: Tenant's Fine for Renting to Tourist Overturned

Sen. Krueger was quoted in this New York Times piece, explaining that short-term rentals in multi-family residential buildings remain illegal, despite a small legal victory for Airbnb in an isolated, cherry-picked case.

October 1, 2013
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Tourism Welcomes the Fall

O'Brien, tourism agency leaders tout efforts to maintain momentum from summer's record-breaking success

September 23, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES NEARLY $1,000,000 IN FUNDING TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, PROMOTE OUTDOOR RECREATION IN OSWEGO COUNTY

$960,000 Project Includes Removing Abandoned Railroad Bridge, Maintaining Snowmobile Trail

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has obtained $960,000 in funding for a key project that will create jobs in Oswego County and support the region’s outdoor recreation industry. 

The project is slated to include the removal of an abandoned New York Central Railroad bridge on Rt. 13 and maintenance of the snowmobile trail in the town of Williamstown.

“Putting people back to work by investing in our roads and transportation system is critical to our long term economic development efforts to revive Central New York’s economy,” said Senator Ritchie. “By moving these long-delayed projects onto the fast track our region can improve safety and help improve our important transportation corridors.”

“A recent economic study by researchers at SUNY Potsdam showed the snowmobiling industry contributes about $700 million to our state’s economy,” Senator Ritchie said. “By maintaining our extensive trail system we keep Oswego County as a world class tourism destination that means jobs and economic growth to our stores, restaurants and hotels.”

September 20, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Hospitality / Tourism Regulatory Reform Forum

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsor: Senators Patrick Gallivan, David Valesky, Kathleen Marchione, DavidCarlucciCo-Sponsor: Senator Elizabeth LittlePublic Meeting: Hospitality / Tourism Regulatory Reform ForumPlace: Quad Graphics, 1 Marsel Drive, Auditorium – 1st Floor, Saratoga, NewYorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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New War of 1812 Guide Invites Travelers to NY-PA Byways

Press Release: September 16, 2013

Contact: Mike Bristol, Great Lakes Seaway Trail, 315-646-1000 x202

Great Lakes Seaway Trail Project Manager Lynette Lundy-Beck, 315-646-1000 x203

 

New War of 1812 Guide Invites Travelers to NY-PA Byways

September 16, 2013
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