May 17, 2010 — New York state is closing 41 parks and 14 historic sites because of the budget crisis. State parks officials said on Friday that they will begin locking parking lots and restrooms at 55 properties starting today. The closures come as the state faces a more than $9 billion budget deficit. The budget is now 47 days late. State officials say shutting down dozens of parks and historic sites will save about $12 million dollars. Chris Knight has more on North Country parks.