Friday, November 12, 2010

Ex State Parks Commish To Head Up Public/Private Partnership

"I'm hopeful that the new administration takes a look at the outcry that happened last year and understands that parks are an economic driver rather than a drain." - Carol Ash

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After Gov. David A. Paterson threatened earlier this year to close as many as 90 of the state's 213 parks and historic sites, parks Commissioner Carol Ash decided she could best protect the system from the outside, according to Newsday.

Ash, who quit last month, is starting that effort by helping create the Alliance for New York State Parks, a nonprofit advocacy group that will also raise funds for projects in the nation's oldest parks system.

In her first public comments since leaving the administration, Ash told Newsday the Albany-based Alliance hopes to raise $10 million in private donations over the next few years while pushing hard for no further cuts.

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Newsday - November 8, 2010 - By Bill Bleyer

Capital Tonight - November 12, 2010 - By Mike Whittemore

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