Issues: Recreation and Tourism

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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RITCHIE CROSSES THE BORDER TO FIND WAYS TO STRENGTHEN TIES AND GROW NORTH COUNTRY ECONOMY

Building Ties with our Neighbor as a Way to Create Jobs Back Home

State Senator Patty Ritchie took her International Border Legislative Caucus initiative on the road Friday, and travelled to Brockville, Ontario, to discuss tourism, economic development and cultural opportunities with Canada’s leaders.

Senator Ritchie met with Canadian federal and provincial representatives who are members of the Caucus she co-founded in 2011 with Senator Joe Griffo, at the shorefront Bud’s on the Bay restaurant in downtown Brockville, for a far-ranging discussion that included topics like promoting locally produced wines and agricultural products,  fishing and outdoor opportunities, and finding solutions to extended wait times at border check points.

In addition to Senator Ritchie, participants at the meeting included Canadian Senator Robert Runciman, who is the Canadian co-chair of the Caucus; Gordon Brown, a member of Canada’s Parliament, from Brockville, Steve Clark, a member of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament, representing Leeds-Grenville, Clayton Supervisor Justin Taylor, Ogdensburg City Manager John Pinkerton and St. Lawrence County Legislator Joseph Lightfoot.

September 13, 2013
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GALLIVAN LEADS FIRST BIPARTISAN FORUM ON STATE REGULATORY REFORM

Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries

BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.

September 9, 2013
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FELDER TELLS NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT: “PREPARE FOR LARGE INFLUX OF VISITORS DURING CHOL HA’MOED SUKKOS”

In advance of the Sukkos holiday, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has contacted New York City Parks Department Commissioner Veronica White to advise her to prepare for the large influx of Orthodox Jewish families who will visit the City’s parks and attractions during Sukkos. A copy of the letter was also distributed to parks in each borough, and to local attractions including zoos, aquariums, and museums.

September 9, 2013
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Seward Helps Historic Hyde Hall Face The Future

COOPERSTOWN, 09/06/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with restoration and preservation at Hyde Hall in Cooperstown. 

September 6, 2013
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3rd Annual Taste of the Town

The Greece Chamber of Commerce held its 3rd annual Taste of the Town Sunday afternoon at the Greece Community & Senior Center. This family-friendly event brings local restaurants together to promote their business and give taste-sized samples to attendees. You'd be hard-pressed to leave hungry, I'm already looking forward to next year's event!

August 27, 2013
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Participants Needed For "Old McDonald Had a Farm" World Record Attempt at Allegany State Park

Record-Setting Crowd to Sing the Classic Nursery Rhyme at Sally Marsh Hootenanny this Saturday

ALLEGANY STATE PARK – For the past 42 summers and counting, visitors have always been able to count on a Hootenanny with Sally Marsh at Allegany State Park every Thursday evening. Each summer, scores continue to come out to the park’s Quaker Amphitheater to sing and dance as Sally plays her songs.

Now, loyal fans and park visitors can be a part of history by helping Sally set a record, according to Senator Catharine Young.

August 15, 2013
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Op-Ed: Cashing in on tourism

As reported by the Queens Courier:

By State Senator Jose Peralta:

While New York struggles to recover from the recession of 2008, it is clear that at least one of its major industries is thriving like never before–New York City tourism.

In 2012, the city welcomed a record-breaking 52 million visitors, despite the devastation wrought by Sandy.  According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, these tourists, who paid for a total of 29 million hotel room nights, poured more than $55 billion into the city’s economy.

What’s more, the city’s hotel occupancy stands at 87 percent, the highest in the nation. Better yet, there is good reason to believe that tourism remains a growing industry, with much of its potential still untapped, particularly outside of Manhattan.  In the past six years, 72 new hotels have been built in boroughs other than Manhattan and a record-high percentage of non-Manhattan hotels are under development for the next four years.

For full article, click here.

August 15, 2013
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Senator O'Mara statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo's tour of the Finger Lakes (UPDATED, August 14th)

Elmira, N.Y., August 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s visit to the Finger Lakes region today to showcase the state’s wine and grape industry and other tourism-related assets and strengths:

August 13, 2013
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Funding Announced For Cortland Repertory Theatre

CORTLAND, 08/13/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide assist with the “Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown” project. 

August 13, 2013
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