Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 Budget
by Erik Kulleseid, executive director of the Open Space Institute’s Alliance for New York State Parks
ALBANY, NY – January 22, 2014 – Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 Executive Budget reaffirms his strong support for rebuilding and upgrading New York’s state parks. The $90 million for state park repairs and improvements included in his spending plan is a continuation of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to improving state parks.
Having invested more than $200 million over the past two years for state park restorations, the governor recognizes the value of parks, both as recreational and cultural destinations, and as economic drivers.
Never in the history of the New York State Park system has there been this level of sustained investment to upgrade and restore New York’s state parks. These investments are transforming a once beleaguered system and restoring our greatest natural treasures as sources of pride, community vitality and economic strength.
On behalf of the 60 million people who visit state parks each year and the businesses and workers that benefit from the economic activity they spur, we appreciate all Governor Cuomo has done to address the nearly one billion dollars needed for infrastructure repairs and improvements and look forward to working with the Legislature to secure this latest installment in parks capital funding.
A program of the Open Space Institute, the Alliance for New York State Parks is committed to the restoration, maintenance and support of New York’s state parks and historic sites. A primary goal of the Alliance is to build stronger public-private partnerships to revitalize the New York State Park system; as part of that effort, the Alliance raises private funds to support this work.
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