Open Space Institute
Celebrates Governor Cuomo’s Continued Support for Revitalizing New York’s State
EPF and New York Works
Expansions Provide Financial Commitment to Goals Outlined in
Governor’s Open Space Conservation Plan
NY —January 23, 2015—The Open Space Institute today praised Governor Andrew
Cuomo for continuing his unparalleled commitment to the revitalization of New
York’s magnificent state parks. This year’s proposed $110 million parks capital
budget builds on $270 million allocated over the past three years and
reinforces park revitalization.
are deeply grateful to Governor Cuomo for his unwavering commitment to New
York’s most spectacular natural treasures. Thanks to him, great things are
happening at state parks throughout New York. From long-needed and multi-year
commitments to overhaul Niagara Falls and Jones Beach to significant
improvements at Thacher and Riverbank, our state parks are undergoing a
transformation unlike anything this state has ever seen,” said Erik Kulleseid,
Senior Vice President at OSI and Executive Director of its Alliance for New
York State Parks program.
addition to the parks capital investment, Kulleseid also singled out for praise
an expansion of the Environmental Protection Fund and a renewed commitment to
farmland protection. The Governor’s
budget proposal increases the EPF by $10 million to a new total of $172 million.
The EPF’s open space acquisition category will be raised 20 percent, from $21
million to $25 million.
$10 million expansion of the EPF, including $4 million earmarked for open space
protection, and a new $50 million farmland protection initiative underscore the
value that smart and effective land conservation can and does play a role in
building stronger communities, as called for in the state’s Open Space Plan,”
fall, the Governor issued an Open Space Conservation Plan emphasizing the
multitude of benefits derived by effective land conservation. The Cuomo plan
underscored the importance of protecting natural resources and stressed the
important role land conservation plays in promoting clean water and air,
outdoor recreation, working farms, habitat protection and climate change
are gratified that after years of stagnation, the governor has turned the
corner on open space funding within the EPF,” said Kulleseid. “We are pleased
that with this proposal, the state is returning its focus to the economic,
environmental and recreational benefits that result from smart land
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