Monthly Archives: December 2011

NY Parks To Welcome New Year With First Day Hikes

Originally published by North Country Gazette (link to original) The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will sponsor guided hikes in 16 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day … Continue reading

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NY’s Economic Development Council releases CFA awards

Over $785 million has been awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, continuing New York’s efforts to redesign the way state government works in order to drive economic growth and create jobs. As part of the Regional Council process, … Continue reading

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Protect parks and trails from hydro-fracking The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement along with Proposed High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations in September and is accepting comments on both until January 11. … Continue reading

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Funding for state parks on the horizon?

Kudos to Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders for heeding the call of PTNY and other advocates for more funding for state parks to reduce the $1.1 billion backlog in park capital needs. The proposed state infrastructure fund, part of the … Continue reading

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Join new park and historic site Friends discussion forum

Got questions? Get answers. State park and historic site Friends groups have great ideas to share. To help facilitate greater networking and communications among Friends groups, PTNY has started an online discussion forum. The discussion forum is an opportunity for … Continue reading

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Local parks facing budget axe

As government budgets at all levels continue to shrink, parks are feeling the squeeze. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed 2012 budget includes significant cuts to parks and recreation. The proposal calls for cutting the parks department by 5%, including … Continue reading

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Closing the Gaps in Erie Canalway Trail

Campaign  generates widespread support Although no new Erie Canalway Trail was opened in 2011, there is dramatically renewed interest in completing the cross-state trail among citizens, community leaders, and elected officials at all levels of government, according to the second … Continue reading

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Fracking Comment Period Extended

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement along with Proposed High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations in September. Originally, comments were due Dec. 12, allowing the public only 90 days to review and comment … Continue reading

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Federal bike and pedestrian funding at risk

Action needed TODAY The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee has approved a bipartisan two-year highway reauthorization bill (S. 1813) known as MAP-21(Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century).  As now written, this bill will dramatically reduce the available … Continue reading

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