State Senator Lee Zeldin Joins Governor Cuomo in Announcing Recreational Saltwater Fishing License Fee Refund

Refund to Include Fees Paid by Individuals and Charter Boats

Freeport, N.Y. - State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, members of the State Legislature, and leaders of the Long Island fishing community this past Friday, August 8, 2011, to announce a refund of the Recreational Saltwater Fishing License Fee paid by individuals and charter boats for the 2010-2011 season. The event was held at the Freeport Boatman’s Association, in Freeport, Long Island.

Senator Zeldin led the fight to secure a two year moratorium on the Saltwater Fishing License Fee for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 season in this year’s State Budget enacted this past April. Individual anglers and charters who had already purchased a license prior to the moratorium will be receiving their money back.

Pictured here are (from left to right): Jim Hutchinson and Jeffrey Leavitt of the New York Sportfishing Federation, Dennis Kanyuk of the United Boatmen, John Mantione of the New York Fishing Tackle Trades Association, Senator Zeldin, Kathy Heinlein of Captree Boatmen's Association and Reed Reimer of the New York Sportfishing Federation.