Friday, May 28, 2010

State Assembly Passes Park Legislation To Reopen Parks

Dozens of shuttered state parks should reopen, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

Early this morning, the State Assembly passed a bill that would provide $11 million dollars for park operations this year, according to NY1.

The Senate is expected to vote on it later today.

The agreement reached with Governor David Paterson yesterday takes the money from the state's Environmental Protection Fund. In fact, a total of $74 million would be cut from the fund.

The Paterson administration had closed 41 parks and 14 historic sites, including Bayswater Point Park in Queens to try to save money. Others, including Riverbank State Park in Manhattan, had services and hours cut.

Opponents say cutting the environment fund will lead to drastic cuts for other institutions like the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden.

NY 1 - May 28, 2010

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