Park supporters gather in Albany

Supporters of New York’s magnificent State Parks system came to Albany from as far away as Long Island and Lewiston to participate in Park Advocacy Day on February 26. Representatives from several Friends groups made the trip, including Friends of Grant Cottage, Friends of Sterling Forest, Friends of FDR State Park, and Friends of Letchworth State Park.

Volunteers sent a message of support for parks to state legislators, urging both houses to pass Governor Cuomo’s proposed $90 million in capital funding for the state park system for the third consecutive year. Park advocates also urged lawmakers to support a $200 million increase of the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and an increased operating budget for state parks.

Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, chairs of the committees on parks and tourism in the Senate and Assembly, participated in the morning program.

If you were unable to make it to Albany for Park Advocacy Day, it’s not too late to make a difference. Contact your State Senator or Assemblymember today to ask them to support the Governor’s proposed $90 million in capital spending for our state park system that is in urgent need of repairs.

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