"Due to the late state budget, we are in serious jeopardy of losing our summer parks season. Pools, beaches and lakes should now be hiring lifeguards, summer camps should be opening for registration, and parks should be undergoing maintenance in preparation for the months to come. However, as budget negotiations continue, parks are in a state of limbo without sufficient funds to begin preparations for the summer.
Today Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Steve Englebright (D- Setauket) released a letter sent by them to Governor David A. Paterson urging him to adequately fund State Parks in the FY 2010-2011 Executive Budget to prevent park closures throughout the state. The lawmakers, who have been at the forefront of the issue of protecting State Parks and Historic Sites during the current budget season, expressed concern for not only the long-term fate of these public spaces, but for their well-being during the budget negotiation process.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and the Senate Majority Conference announced opposition today to the National Parks Service’s threat to withhold federal funding as a result of the Governor’s proposal to close facilities within the State parks system.The Majority -- who led the fight against proposed cuts to parks funding, which would have closed dozens of locations -- urged the Governor to work with the federal Administration to determine a plan of action which maintains parks operations and does not endanger federal monies.
Today Senator Serrano held a Parks Committee meeting with Carol Ash, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to discuss the possible repercussions of the delayed budget on State Parks.
Serrano also sat for an interview to discuss the current budget crisis, and how it has affected State Parks. "The one thing that everyone agrees upon- Democrats, Republicans, Assemblymembers and Senators, is that we have to save State Parks," said Serrano.CLICK HERE for audio of entire interview.