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State parks in limbo

The State's Parks Commissioner says the late state budget is further impacting parks in New York that Governor Paterson has slated for closure. Carol Ash says the parks are in limbo until the legislature restores the funding, unable to hire seasonal workers, and in the meantime restrooms remain shut and grass needs mowing. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Campaigning online?and on foot?against proposed closures of state parks

When the state wrestles with tight budgets, it's common for well-funded education and health care groups to run ads, and bring busloads of protesters to Albany to rally against proposed cuts. This year, an authentic grassroots movement has begun in response to Governor Paterson's plan to close a number of state parks and historic sites. This movement involves little money and, in keeping with modern tactics, has been conducted primarily on the Internet. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Groups wants to save John Brown Farm from closing

A group of activists held a small rally at John Browns Farm near Lake Placid yesterday. They urged Governor David Paterson to keep the state park open despite the state's massive budget deficit.

The famous abolitionist was buried on the farm just outside the village after being executed in Virginia for attempting to spark a slave rebellion.

The rally came on the closing day on the 2010 Olympics. Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said preserving Brown's final resting place would save an important piece of the town's history. He said it's important to protect not only Lake Placid's Olympic heritage, but it's cultural heritage as well.

State officials want to close nine parks in the North Country as part of an effort aimed to close an $8.2 billion deficit. Brian Mann will have more on this story tomorrow morning during The Eight O'Clock Hour.  Go to full article
Crown Point historic site could close due to the state budget crisis
Crown Point historic site could close due to the state budget crisis

John Brown?s farm, Crown Point historic site eyed by state for closure

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

State officials say some parks will close, but they're not saying which ones

The governor's proposed budget cuts will likely mean that some state parks will have to close. But, at a legislative hearing this week, the state parks commissioner would not reveal which parks are on the chopping block. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State considers expanding "forever wild" protections outside Adk blue line

Pro-environment groups says the state of New York has agreed to consider expanding the forest preserve beyond the Adirondack Park's famous "blue line" boundary. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

North Country lawmakers propose sale of NY parks and recreation land

A pair of North Country Assemblymembers say one way to cut the state budget -- and generate new revenue -- would be to sell off dozens of campgrounds, golf courses, and marinas run by New York state. Those recreation facilities now face a backlog of repairs and improvements with a price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars. The lawmakers say some state-owned sites no longer serve a public service and are competing with private businesses. But state Parks officials say campgrounds and other facilities are a valuable asset and actually deserve more taxpayer investment. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

National parks not so pristine

Even our most remote national parks are polluted. That's according to a six-year government study of parks from the Arctic to the Mexican border. Rebecca Williams reports.  Go to full article

Bruno wants Saratoga spas renovated

The Leader of the State Senate and New York's Parks Commissioner have announced a major investment and renovation of the Saratoga Baths and the surrounding park, following revelations earlier this year that the mineral baths had been mixing in tap water and not telling customers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists detail problems of state parks

An environmental group says New York's parks have become tired and worn out under the Pataki Administration, and are asking the newly elected Governor, Eliot Spitzer, to invest $300 million to fix them up. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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