Today, Senator Serrano, the Senate Majority, and advocates stood together in support of State Parks.On Monday, the Majority Conference unanimously voted for a budget resolution which restored all $11.5 million of the Governor’s budget cuts to parks operations. If enacted, the cut would have resulted in the closure of 57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks.
The successful bipartisan press conference and rally on State Parks on March 3rd, received a great deal of support as well as attention for the issue of Parks cuts on a city, state, and national level.
Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D- Setauket), Chairmen of the Assembly and Senate Committees overseeing State Parks, convened a bipartisan press conference on Wednesday to discuss the devastating cuts to Parks in Governor David A. Paterson's proposed Executive Budget for FY 2010-11. Alongside colleagues and Parks advocates from across the state, they called on the Governor to restore a minimum of $11.3 million in operating aid for State Parks to the final state budget in order to prevent unprecedented park closures.
Governor David A. Patterson's proposed budget significantly slashes funding for New York State Parks. If the proposed budget is enacted, 40 parks will undergo service reductions, and 91 State Parks and Historic Sites will be forced to close.
Senator José M. Serrano, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, has distributed the sign-on letter below- addressed to legislative leadership- to all members of the New York State Senate. He has garnered bipartisan support in favor of restoring funds for State Parks.
Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) joined Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury) to encourage all New Yorkers to participate in this year’s "I Love My Park Day" on Saturday, May 4, 2013. This annual celebration is organized by the Parks & Trails New York and NYS Parks & Historic Sites to encourage volunteers to help beautify and protect New York’s state parks.