Rensselaer, NY, May 25, 2010 — Some lawmakers are reacting angrily to Governor Paterson's bill to restore funding for New York's parks because it's embedded in a broader measure to reduce dedicated environmental spending.
The administration announced earlier this year it wants to close 41 parks and 14 historic sites - including many in the North Country. Eight have found at least partial private funding, but with Memorial Day weekend approaching there is still uncertainty about the rest.
The governor has offered an option to open all the parks by the weekend, but it would pay for the parks - and lots of other things - by raiding the Environmental Protection Fund.
An annoyed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver yesterday called the governor's proposal ``inappropriate.'' He said lawmakers could wind up passing a mandate to open all parks. Paterson could veto that as he seeks to cut spending in a fiscal crisis. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
Albany, NY, 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. Go to full article
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg
Lake Placid, NY, Mar 02, 2010 — Protesters will gather in Albany tomorrow to try to save dozens of New York state parks and historic sites. Governor David Paterson wants to close the parks this spring as part of an effort to cut an $8.2-billion budget deficit. At least nine parks in the North Country are targeted. Historians and civil rights activists are especially furious over the plan to shut down John Browns Farm in Lake Placid. As Brian Mann reports, the burial site of the famous Civil War-era abolitionist has been a pilgrimage site and a symbol of freedom for more than 150 years. Go to full article
Crown Point historic site could close due to the state budget crisis
Crown Point, VT, Feb 16, 2010 — State officials are considering a plan that could shut down two of the most cherished historic sites in the North Country. John Brown's farm, just outside of Lake Placid, and the Crown Point State Historic Site in the Champlain Valley would stay closed in the spring. According to two reports published yesterday, the move is part of Governor David Paterson's sweeping statewide budget cutting plan. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article