Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman

OSI welcomes Governor Cuomo's commitment to expanding
recreation opportunities and improved water quality
through open space conservation

Gov Cuomo at Minnewaska



ALBANY, NY—Jan. 10, 2017—The Open Space Institute (OSI) today commended Governor Andrew Cuomo for his extraordinary leadership in raising the bar for clean water and expanded recreational access.

The governor’s new initiatives build on his historic funding for the Environmental Protection Fund and unprecedented investment in upgrading state parks, and further position New York as a national leader in the realm of environmental protection.

“Governor Cuomo’s commitment to clean water and outdoor recreation is setting a new national standard, one that can make all New Yorkers proud. His proposals underscore the value that smart and effective land conservation can and does play in building healthier, stronger communities,” said Erik Kulleseid, Senior Vice President at OSI and Director of its Alliance for New York State Parks Program.

Clean Water through Smart Land Conservation

Governor Cuomo’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 calls for a record $2 billion investment in critical water infrastructure across New York State. In addition to the supporting municipal water systems, the initiative identifies the protection of sources through land conservation as a key strategy for providing clean water for all New Yorkers.

“The governor’s strategies underscore the link between land protection and clean water,” said Kulleseid. “Smart land conservation at water sources and throughout watersheds is among the most cost-effective and permanent approaches to providing clean water for communities throughout the state.”

Expanding Recreational Trails

Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Trail announcement was hailed as a way to make the outdoor more accessible, welcoming and enjoyable.

“OSI enthusiastically welcomes plans for the Empire State Trail,” said Kulleseid. “This new initiative could not be a timelier catalyst for OSI and other nonprofits as well as municipalities across the state that are promoting and creating trails to make it easier for New Yorkers to get outside and enjoy the state’s spectacular beauty, raise appreciation for our natural world, and ultimately foster stewardship for the resources we need for healthy lives and strong communities.”

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Eileen Larrabee
Open Space Institute
518-427-1564, ext. 127



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