Issues: Recreation and Tourism

RITCHIE JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO, INDUSTRY LEADERS AT NEW YORK’S FIRST WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS SUMMIT

 

Governor Announces New Tourism Campaign, Regulatory Reforms

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, state leaders and dozens of winemakers, craft brewers and small batch distillers at New York’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, held Wednesday in Albany.

October 24, 2012
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A SAFER, MORE SUCCESSFUL HUNTING SEASON

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While many people across the state are missing the sunny skies and warm temperatures, there’s another part of the population that’s welcoming the cool weather and shorter days with open arms: sportsmen. 

Hunting and fishing are two of the most popular forms of outdoor recreation in New York State.  In fact, nearly 700,000 New Yorkers, and more than 50,000 people from out of state take to our forests, streams and fields every season to take advantage of the wide variety of terrain and wildlife we have to offer.

October 16, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS MILITARY VETERANS FOR PHEASANT HUNT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined military veterans for a pheasant hunt at the Basswoods Lodge and Hunting Preserve in Rensselaer Falls.  The 3rd annual free event was sponsored by several area businesses.   

October 12, 2012
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RITCHIE CUTS RIBBON ON WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined wildlife enthusiasts for the ribbon cutting of the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust’s newly acquired Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary. 

October 12, 2012
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Empire State Games to Return

Rochester, N.Y. – Michael G. Carey, son of Governor Hugh Carey, today joined a host of athletes, sports dignitaries, and local elected officials to announce plans to bring back the Empire State Games through the creation of a new not-for-profit foundation, the Empire State Sports Foundation. The private foundation has taken over the planning, promotion and organization of the summer games thanks to a recent agreement signed with the New York State Parks Department.

 

Carey, who will serve as president of the foundation’s Board of Governors, detailed the significant progress being made to permanently bring back the summer games, including a plan to reunify the two games under the banner of the Empire State Games and the Empire State Sports Foundation.

 

October 4, 2012
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Area leaders, residents welcome Seneca Lake Scenic Byway with ribbon cutting ceremony

Elmira, N.Y., September 27—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined legislative colleagues, local leaders and members of the Seneca Lake Byway Committee for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Hall to officially designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway.

Read more in this morning's Corning Leader and Elmira Star-Gazette.

September 27, 2012
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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

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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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