Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Federal Dollars To Help Commercial And Recreation Fishing Industry Rebuild After Superstorm Sandy

$20 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SANDY-IMPACTED FISHING INDUSTRYGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged coastal fishing businesses harmed by Storm Sandy to apply for available funding through the State’s recently approved Coastal Fishing Industry Grant Program. Under the program, eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to cover uncompensated losses. “The regions most devastated by Superstorm Sandy are also vital parts of our state’s fishing industry, supporting thousands of local jobs and generating billions in economic activity,” Governor Cuomo said. “With peak fishing season arriving, I am directing new federal funds to support this critical industry on Long Island and Staten Island as it works to reach full recovery.”

May 20, 2013
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RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 AND OK FOR DREDGING OF SANDY POND CHANNEL

Funding Will Help Boaters, Local Businesses

Just in time for the summer boating season, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in state funding to be used for the dredging of the Sandy Pond Channel in Oswego County.

On Thursday, Senator Ritchie met with local leaders, community members, business owners and members of the Sandy Pond Channel Maintenance Association to make the announcement. 

May 16, 2013
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Senator Robach Comments on Casino Gaming

Senator Robach discusses the possible expansion of casino gaming in New York State, and why it is important to keep the Finger Lakes region in mind for expansion.

May 9, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS GOV’S EFFORTS TO DRAW CANADIAN TOURISTS TO NY

Suggestion by Senator Ritchie Included in Governor’s

New Plan to Boost Tourism

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a number of new initiatives aimed at drawing Canadian tourists to New York State and boosting cross-border commerce.

The efforts were unveiled Wednesday at the Capitol during the Governor’s first-ever New York State Tourism Summit.  As a roundtable participant at the event,  Senator Ritchie spoke about opportunities for expanding and better showcasing tourism in Central and Northern New York.

Specifically, Senator Ritchie —who is a member of the Senate's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee—spoke about identifying ways to target Canadian consumers, and suggested improving signage to highlight destinations in Central and Northern New York. 

May 8, 2013
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New York's first-ever Tourism Summit on tap in Albany today ~ Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:30 a.m.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosts the state's first-ever Tourism Summit at the Capitol today.

Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:30 a.m.

May 8, 2013
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Senator O'Mara statement on Yahoo! Travel's latest spotlight on the Finger Lakes

Albany, N.Y., May 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on this week's announcement that Yahoo! Travel has named the Finger Lakes alongside some of the world’s most famous tourist attractions as “Lakeside vacations that have it all”:

“The Finger Lakes region has long been proud of our reputation as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.  This latest reaffirmation by Yahoo! of the quality of the Finger Lakes region’s natural beauty, hospitality, family friendliness, food and wine, and parks and trails is outstanding news.  It shows that our traditions of excellence carry on and contribute to a way of life that’s on par with so many of the world’s great places.”

May 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's statement on a prestigious recognition for Finger Lakes Distilling in Schuyler County

Albany, N.Y., April 30—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement that Finger Lakes Distilling, a farm distillery in Burdett (Schuyler County), will be one of 24 New York State distilleries participating in the prestigious Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, May 17, 2013 in New York City:

April 30, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Elizabeth Little, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Room 309 LOB

April 24, 9:00 AM - 9:16 AM
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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING UPSTATE

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
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March 27, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SAYS UPSTATE FILM TAX CREDIT WILL BE INCLUDED IN FINAL ENACTED STATE BUDGET

Measure Seen As Potential Boost To Upstate Economy

New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that after weeks of negotiating, the final enacted state budget will include a provision to boost the film production industry in upstate New York.

Currently, New York State provides a tax incentive for up to 30 percent of certain production costs, but Gallivan has long argued that upstate and its unique cities need something more to attract significant studio interest.

March 26, 2013
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Parkside Summer Arts Program

Parkside Community Association

The Parkside Summer Arts Camp is accepting registrations for children ages 5-11. Two sessions are offered, July 8 – 26 and July 29 – August 16. The program runs from 9am – 3pm Monday through Friday at St Mary’s School For the Deaf, 2253 Main Street in Buffalo. New this year, the Camp will offer early drop off and late pick up options for those parents that need to be at work by 9am.

The cost of attending one three week session is $100 per child if the child qualifies for free/reduced school lunch or $225 per child for all other children.

March 20, 2013
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Senator Kathleen Marchione calls for enactment of the "Casino Gaming Transparency Act"

Picture from our press conference in Saratoga Springs this morning in support of the "Casino Gaming Transparency Act."

March 11, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein Announces Release of $646,271 Grant for Village of Pelham Wolfs Lane Park

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Village of Pelham Mayor Ed Hotchkiss, Deputy Mayor Geoff Lewis and Pelham Trustees, Suzie Marciona, Adam Kagan and Paul McGoldrich in announcing the release of $646,271 in capitol grant funds for improvements to Wolfs Lane Park.

 

Senator Klein deemed the grant a “boost for the Village of Pelham and for the community at large. I believe that this funding will allow the park to better serve the residents – particularly the children - of Pelham. Parks bring communities together and the investment in Wolfs Lane Park improvements now will give Pelham a place of beauty, recreation and community building for many years to come.”

 

March 11, 2013
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Senator Grisanti speaks in favor of legalizing mixed martial arts in New York State

Senator Grisanti-(R,I-60) is the co-sponsor of S.2755 which would allow professional Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) events to be held within New York State. On Wednesday, Senator Grisanti voted yes, and the bill passed the Senate by a margin of 47 to 15.

MMA is legal in 47 states and has a huge following based on attendance and pay per view sales alone.

The success of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the premier MMA League, has brought economic benefits to cities around the country and the globe.

An exhibition in Toronto last spring set a record of $11 million in ticket sales alone with over 50,000 tickets sold. The total impact from weigh-in on Friday until the end of events on Sunday was $35 million.

March 8, 2013
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Senate Approves Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York State.

March 6, 2013
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Senate Approves Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

 The New York State Senate today passed legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York State. The bill (S.2755), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), would allow single discipline martial arts organizations to hold professional competitions in New York State and gives the state Athletic Commission the jurisdiction to regulate professional mixed martial arts promotions, participants, bouts and exhibitions.

March 6, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN ABOUT LIONSGATE’S DECISION NOT TO FILM “DRAFT DAY” IN WESTERN NEW YORK

“The news today that Cleveland was selected over western New York as the filming location for “Draft Day” – a film about the Buffalo Bills and set in and around western New York – is just the latest example of why New York State needs to expand and reform its film production tax credit program to make Upstate and western New York more attractive to the entertainment industry. We have desirable locations throughout the area, we have near universal support from within the community, but we are lacking an incentive program that can compete with neighboring states. Western New York didn’t lose a movie today, we lost jobs; a failure to act after  this latest development would be inexcusable."

March 5, 2013
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Senator Marchione Addresses Pro-Second Amendment Rally in Albany

Senator Kathleen Marchione was invited to address the pro-Second Amendment rally that was held on February 28, 2013 in Albany.  Senator Marchione addressed a record capacity crowd, thanked them for standing strong with her in support of preserving Constitutional freedoms and announced her new legislation, the "Second Amendment Protection Act," (Senate Bill S.3948) which would repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the NY SAFE Act.

March 5, 2013
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March 4, 2013
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