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OCTOBER 2014

RAIL OR TRAIL? TRAIL WOULD BE HUGE ECONOMIC BOOST - UTICA OBSERVER DISPATCH - We now have a golden opportunity to add a whole new recreational dimension to the Adirondack Park. The New York state Departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation have announced plans to review the 120-mile Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor to determine its best use. More good news is that the man who oversees these agencies, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seems committed to boosting Adirondack tourism. READ MORE.

PAIR OF BICYCLE TOURIST EVENTS SLATED - UNION SUN AND JOURNAL - Two events aimed at helping Canalway Trail communities take advantage of the growing bicycle tourist market will be held in the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda on Oct. 14 and 15. An evening Bicyclists Bring Business roundtable is scheduled from 6 until 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara St. The roundtable will focus on how to attract and profit from the area’s growing number of bicycle tourists. There will also be time to network with business people and tourism professionals from other communities and enjoy some light refreshments. READ MORE.

SEPTEMBER 2014

PARK(ING) DAY IN ALBANY - TIME WARNER CABLE NEWS - For one day only several parking spots in downtown Albany were set up as temporary public spaces as a part of a global movement to promote nature. Rich Kappes knows all too well the beauty and potential dangers, when enjoying mother nature in an urban environment. “Were kind of vulnerable out there," said Kappes. READ MORE.

ALBANY PARKING SPOTS BECAME PARKS - ALBANY TIMES UNION - Public uses took over parking spaces throughout the city on Friday for PARK(ing) Day. The annual worldwide event brings artists, activists and citizens together, yet independently. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public areas are allocated and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. READ MORE.

AUGUST 2014

CYCLISTS ASK CUOMO TO 'CLOSE THE GAPS' - CBS 6 - Hundreds of postcards dropped off at the Capital Friday, asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to close the gaps that remain on the Erie Canal way trail. The Trailway extends 360 miles across New York State. Each year, cyclists get access to more and more of the trail but 83 miles still needs to be finished. READ MORE.

JULY 2014

A RIDERS EXPERIENCE IN ARTWORK FORM

EIGHT-DAY, 400-MILE BIKE TOUR ENDS IN ALBANY (VIDEO) - TIME WARNER CABLE NEWS - An eight-day, 400-mile bicycle tour along the Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo wrapped up this weekend in Albany. More than 500 cyclists began the 16th annual statewide trip last Sunday, covering between 40 and 60 miles a day. The trip came to an end Sunday at the Albany Visitors Center. Cyclists making the trip ranged in age from 9 to 90, and came from far away as Australia and Israel. READ MORE.

LOCAL BICYCLIST READY TO FINISH 400 MILE TREK- WXXI NEWS - A 400-mile bicycle tour along the Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled to wrap up this weekend. More than 500 cyclists began the 16th annual statewide trip last Sunday, covering between 40 and 60 miles a day. They are scheduled to finish this Sunday at the Albany Visitors Center. READ MORE.

1ST OR 6TH TIME, RIDERS ENJOY ERIE - ROME SENTINEL - Here’s the long and short of it on the 16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal — for some like the first-timer 9-year-old from Brooklyn it’s a big thing and for others, well, not so big. Although some got caught in rain Thursday, most were enjoying the sunshine in Rome as they set up camp on the lawn at Fort Stanwix. READ MORE.

CYCLISTS SET TO ARRIVE IN AREA THURSDAY - ROME SENTINEL - More than 500 cyclists kicked off the 16th annual statewide Cycling the Erie Canal Sunday, a 400-mile bicycling tour from Buffalo to Albany concluding this Sunday. Riders will arrive in Rome Thursday and depart Friday morning.The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce has issued its annual guide for cyclists. It outlines the schedule, attractions, where to eat and details for the shuttle bus service offered. Riders will camp on the west lawn at Fort Stanwix National Monument. READ MORE.

ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR MAKES A PIT STOP IN ROME (VIDEO) - WKTV News - The annual "Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour," brought cyclists through central New York, Thursday. Some 500 bikers are spending eight days traveling 400 miles across New York State, starting off in Buffalo and riding through towns along the canal until they get to Albany. READ MORE.

ERIE CANAL CYCLISTS RIDE TRHOUGH NORTHERN MADISON COUNTY - MADISON COUNTY COURIER - More than 500 cyclists will be coming through Chittenango, Canastota, Wampsville, and Oneida on Thursday, July 17 as part of the 16thAnnual Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour. This is an opportunity to roll out the welcome mat and showcase our local businesses and area attractions.    READ MORE.

ONEIDA REACHES OUT TO ERIE CANAL BIKE RIDERS (VIDEO)- ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH - Thirty miles into their fifth day of riding, more than four hundred bikers on the Erie Canal Trailway Tour were greeted by members of the Greater Oneida Area Chamber of Commerce, Oneida Rail Trail Committee and Parks and Recreation just outside Oneida. READ MORE.

GROUP BICYLCING ALONG THE ERIE CANAL (VIDEO) - News Channel 9, Syracuse

ORLEANS ROLLS OUT RED CARPET FOR CYCLISTS - ORLEANSHUB.COM - After a big welcome reception in Medina on Sunday night, about 500 cyclists on the Erie Canal are being treated today to refreshments and greetings in Albion and Holley. The top photo shows a group of cyclists by two welcome tents in Albion. READ MORE.

TRUE TALES FROM AN THE ERIE CANAL TRAIL (A RIDER'S BLOG)

CYCLISTS WAKE UP AT BURNETT PARK (VIDEO) - News Channel 9, Syracuse

SEE 500 CYCLISTS BIKING 400 MILES ACROSS NEW YORK FOR CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL - SYRACUSE.COM - On July 13, more than 500 cyclists began pedaling along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany.They arrive in Syracuse today, July 16, halfway on the 16th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by the statewide nonprofit Parks & Trails New York. At 3:45 p.m., the cyclists will stop at Rosamond Gifford Zoo for a half-way point celebration. READ MORE.

HUNDREDS OF BICYCLISTS ROLL INTO ROCHESTER AS CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR CONTINUES (VIDEO) - TIME WARNER NEWS - Bicyclists of all ages continued their trek Monday as they ride 400 miles along the Erie Canal, rolling into Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. "It's a really nice way to be outdoors," said New Jersey resident Priscilla Hayes. "Me and my dad, we really trained hard for it and I know I can do it," said 10-year-old Anika Galkiewicz, an Albany resident. These bikers will spend the next eight days traveling to Albany as part of the Cycling the Erie Canal Tour. The tour, which began Sunday in Buffalo, is meant to bring awareness to the canal. READ MORE.

500 BICYCLISTS REGISTERED FOR BUFFALO-ALBANY CANAL TOUR - TIMES UNION - More than 500 bicyclists have registered for the annual Cycling the Erie Canal ride, a 400-mile tour that starts in Buffalo on Sunday and ends on Sunday, July 20, in Albany. The tour, which highlights the beauty, history, culture and recreational appeal of the canal system and the Canalway Trail, has attracted cyclists from 36 states and some foreign nations. READ MORE.

RESIDENTS ALONG ERIE CANAL ARE REDISCOVERING IT VIA BIKE - WRVO PUBLIC MEDIA - Many New Yorkers who live along the Erie Canal are rediscovering the waterway via long-distance bicycle trips. The recreational trail along the canal is becoming a well-used resource by people living in towns that were built by the canal. And they’re spending money too. A survey by Parks and Trails New York finds a million and a half people take to the Erie Canal Trail every year. A large majority, nearly 90 percent, of those are bikers. READ MORE.

UPCYCLING THE ECONOMY - METROLAND - On Monday, Parks and Trails New York released a new report on the Erie Canalway Trail demonstrating an economic impact of $253 million, from a volume of 1.58 million visits a year, and supporting 3,440 jobs in local economies along the trail. The report announcement coincided with PTNY’s 16th annual Erie Canal Ride, a nearly-400-mile, eight-day event that this year attracted 500 cyclists from 35 states and four countries. The canal ride began in Buffalo and will finish in Albany on Sunday. READ MORE.

LESSONS FROM THE ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL - ADIRONDACK DAILY ENTERPRISE - As the state considers the best use of our Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor, there are lessons to be learned from a new economic impact study of the Erie Canalway Trail, which runs across the state from Albany to Buffalo. The ECT is more than 75 percent complete, with 277 miles now open as an off-road, multi-use trail for people of all ages who want to enjoy fresh air and good exercise while soaking up history and engaging with the natural world. END

STUDY: CANAL TRAIL HAS BIG BENEFIT - DEMOCRAT & CHRONICALE - Erie Canal Bike Tour cyclists whizzed by Schoen Place in Pittsford Monday as Parks & Trails New York officials announced the results of a study tallying the 1.5 million visitors and $250 million in revenue that the Erie Canal brings to upstate every year. READ MORE.

CONTINUE INVESTMENT IN POPULAR CANAL - DEMOCRAT & CHRONICALE - Though it runs some 360 miles without a crossroads, the Erie Canal still has many important intersections: recreation and economic impact, for example, or tourism and historic attraction. Its spiraling popularity must be matched by legislative support in the form of passage of pending legislation to extend its designation as a National Heritage Corridor. READ MORE.

NEW REPORT TOUTS ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL - GENESEE VALLEY PENNY SAVER - Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), the state’s leading not-for-profit park and trail advocacy organization, today announced the release of its new report, The Economic Impact of the Erie Canalway Trail: An Assessment and User Profile of New York’s Longest Multi-use Trail. This first comprehensive study of the Erie Canalway Trail (ECT) visitor demonstrates an annual trail traffic volume of more than 1.58 million visits per year, which generates an economic impact of approximately $253 million and supports 3,440 jobs in the local economies within the trail corridor. READ MORE.

MAY 2014

SUNYIT CLEANS UP DELTA LAKE STATE PARK - More than 30 students, faculty, staff take part in volunteer effort - MADISON COUNTY COURIER - A group of more than 30 SUNYIT students, faculty and staff volunteers and family members took part in the May 3 statewide  “I Love My Park Day,” organized by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and Parks & Trails New York (PTNY). READ MORE.

APRIL 2014

SPIDERMAN ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE IN I LOVE MY PARK DAY- EPOCH TIMES - Beloved superhero Spider-Man swung into Riverbank State Park’s auditorium today to encourage elementary students to participate in the annual I Love My Park Day on May 3rd. On I Love My Park Day, volunteers help clean up, improve, and beautify parks and historic sites. Activities include cleaning playgrounds and beaches, repainting visitor centers, building picnic tables, and planting flowers at more than 80 parks around the state. READ MORE.

LETCHWORTH STATE PARK VOLUNTEERS TO BE PART OF 'I LOVE MY PARK DAY' MAY 3 - THE DAILY NEWS ONLINE - The Friends of Letchworth State Park will host volunteers at Letchworth State Park as part of more than 70 cleanup, improvement and beautification events happening statewide on May 3. ''I Love My Park Day'' is a statewide event to improve and enhance New York's state parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire state park system and its needs. Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites. Volunteers will celebrate New York's state park system by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects. READ MORE.

3RD ANNUAL ' I LOVE MY PARK DAY' ON MAY 3 - State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the 3rd Annual “I Love My Park Day” will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at state parks and historic sites across New York, including events at several local sites. The statewide event, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY)  in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local groups, is aimed at encouraging volunteer efforts to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and promote the entire park system. READ MORE.

HELP CATHARINE VALLEY TRAIL ON 'I LOVE MY PARK DAY' ON MAY 3 - STAR GAZETTE - Volunteers will once again have an to help improve the Catharine Valley Trail and other state parks and trails during the third annual “I Love My Park Day,” scheduled for May 3. In the Finger Lakes Region, the Catharine Valley Trail, the Ithaca Dog Park at Allan H. Treman Marine State Park, and Stony Brook State Park, are among the that will get upgrades with the help of community volunteers. READ MORE.

ONEIDA IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE AWARD $1,500 GRANT TO DEVEOP WEBSITE - ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH - The statewide advocacy group Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) recently awarded almost $15,000 in Growing the Grassroots capacity building grants to eight not-for-profit park and trail organizations. The groups will use the funds to increase organizational visibility, generate community support, grow membership, and attract additional volunteers. READ MORE.

IT’S SPRING CLEANING TIME AT GOLDEN HILL STATE PARK - LOCKPORT UNION-SUN & JOURNAL - Spring cleaning is a rite of the season as we spruce up homes and yards to rid ourselves of the vestiges and winter and welcome the blossoming of nature. Across New York State, volunteers are coming out to spruce up the state parks that welcome thousands of visitors throughout the year. The Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse are kicking off preparations for the tourist season with “I Love My Park Day” at Golden Hill State Park. READ MORE.

FEBRUARY 2014

NY PARKS ADVOCATES TO SEEK MORE FUNDS FROM STATE - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - Advocates for New York's state parks will be gathering in Albany to urge lawmakers and other officials to protect and preserve the Empire State's parks system. Parks & Trails New York says members of park friends groups and environmental organizations will be at the state Capitol Wednesday for the eighth annual Park Advocacy Day. READ MORE.

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S PROPOSED INVESTMENT IN PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT IN BUDGET - GENESEE PENNY SAVER - Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for State FY 2014-2015 includes important investments in state parks infrastructure and environmental programs that will help grow the economy, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. READ MORE.

OUT THERE: GRANTS HELP FRIENDS OF PARKS - POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL - Not too long ago, the Poughkeepsie Journal hosted some visitors from our sister newspapers from outside the state of New York. As part of their stay, these editors took a brief tour of the mid-Hudson Valley. Their comments reinforced something that we all know but sometimes take for granted. We live in a stunningly beautiful area that is replete with an ever-growing network of parks and trails. READ MORE.

JANUARY 2014

NEW YORKERS CALL ON GOVERNOR CUOMO TO FUND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLING PROJECTS - GENESEE VALLEY PENNY SAVER - New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) delivered a united message to Governor Cuomo in the form of more than 1,300 postcards, from New Yorkers across the state, calling on the Governor to dedicate funding to improve New York’s pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure. The postcard delivery is a follow-up to a letter, sent in December 2013, from more than 50 organizations representing environmental, health, aging, equity, and transportation groups. READ MORE.

TIME TO COMPLETE THE CANALWAY TRAIL - THE DAILY GAZETTE - In his State of the State last week, Gov. Cuomo touted tourism as a key to boosting upstate’s economy. A good way to do that would be to get more visitors to come and ride the 365-mile Erie Canalway bike-hike trail that runs from Buffalo to Albany. READ MORE.

 

OCTOBER 2014

BICYCLISTS BRING BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE AND BIKE-A-ROUND IN TONAWANDA OCTOBER 14 AND 15 - Two events aimed at helping Canalway Trail communities take advantage of the growing bicycle tourist market will be held in the Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda on October 14 and 15. An evening Bicyclists Bring Business roundtable is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the City of Tonawanda’s, Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150. The roundtable will focus on how to attract and profit from the area’s growing number of bicycle tourists. There will also be time to network with business people and tourism professionals from other communities and enjoy some light refreshments. READ MORE.

SEPTEMBER 2014

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK OFFERS GRANTS FOR PARK AND TRAIL GROUPS - GROWING THE GRASSROOTS GRANTS AIM TO BOOST ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY- Parks & Trails New York is launching the latest round of its Growing the Grassroots capacity building grants for park and trail groups in New York State. The grants, which have increased in size to up to $4,000, will strengthen not-for-profit organizations that are working to build and protect parks and trails in communities across the state. READ MORE.

PARK(ing) DAY COMING TO ALBANY ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 -
Parking spaces around the City to be temporarily reclaimed for people- On Friday, September 19, 2014 parking spaces throughout Albany will be taken over and temporarily transformed for a variety of public uses.  The event is part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual, worldwide event where artists, activists, and citizens independently, yet simultaneously, turn metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces—that is, temporary public parks and other space for people to enjoy. READ MORE.

JULY 2014

CYCLING THE HUDSON VALLEY BIKE TOUR - DAYS 1-3: HUDSON→KINGSTON→HYDE PARK - More than 100 cyclists take six-day tour through Hudson Valley—10th anniversary Cycling the Hudson Valley starts July 28 in Hudson - Over 100 bicyclists from 15 states and Canada are participating in the 10thth anniversary Cycling the Hudson Valley event, organized by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide not-for-profit organization.  The 200-mile bicycle tour ends on Sunday, August 3 in New York City. Cycling the Hudson Valley is bound to be a fun and exciting event,” says Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York. “We have riders spanning ages 6 to 77, plus many volunteers in communities along the route ready to welcome riders and help them discover what makes the Hudson Valley  so unique.” READ MORE.

NEW REPORT TOUTS ECONOMIC IMPORTANT OF ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL—1.6 million visits generate $253 million in economic impact—Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), the state’s leading not-for-profit park and trail advocacy organization, today announced the release of its new report, The Economic Impact of the Erie Canalway Trail: An Assessment and User Profile of New York’s Longest Multi-use Trail. This first comprehensive study of the Erie Canalway Trail (ECT) visitor demonstrates an annual trail traffic volume of more than 1.58 million visits per year, which generates an economic impact of approximately $253 million and supports 3,440 jobs in the local economies within the trail corridor. READ MORE.

500 CYCLISTS MAKE 400-MILE CROSS-STATE BICYCLE TRIP TO EXPERIENCE UPSTATE NEW YORK16th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Rochester July 14 – On July 13, more than 500 cyclists left their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany. They will arrive in the Rochester area on Monday, July 14, on the second day of the 16th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by the statewide nonprofit group Parks & Trails New York. READ MORE.

500 CYCLISTS MAKE 400-MILE CROSS-STATE BICYCLE TRIP TO EXPERIENCE UPSTATE NEW YORK 16th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Medina July 13 – On July 13, more than 500 cyclists will leave their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany. They will arrive in Medina that day, as part of the 16th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by the statewide nonprofit group Parks & Trails New York. READ MORE.

500 CYCLISTS MAKE 400-MILE CROSS-STATE BICYCLE TRIP TO EXPERIENCE UPSTATE NEW YORK 16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour starts in Buffalo on July 13—Cyclists arrive July 12—On July 13, more than 500 cyclists will leave their cars behind as they pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany on the 16th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by the statewide nonprofit Parks & Trails New York. READ MORE.

JUNE 2014

EARLY REGISTRATION EXTENDED FOR CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL - Bicyclists invited to join fully-supported and family-friendly bicycle tour across Upstate New York -  Spaces are still available on the 16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal, an eight-day, 400-mile bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany along the legendary Erie Canal, scheduled for July 13-20, 2014. Early registration has been extended through June 11, and for riders with limited time, weekend options are offered from Buffalo to Pittsford on July 13-14 and Canajoharie to Albany on July 19-20. READ MORE.

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY 2014: NEW TRAIL OPENINGS, GROUP HIKES AND VOLUNTEER PROJECTS... AND RENEWED CALLS FOR COMPLETION OF THE ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL - In celebration of the American Hiking Society’s 22nd annual National Trails Day®, Parks & Trails New York is urging everyone to spend some time on one of the state’s more than 16,000 miles of trail on Saturday, June 7.  New Yorkers can select from 45 different events. Hikes, bike and horse rides, trail maintenance, paddle trips, trail dedication ceremonies, and other activities are being held in cities and towns across the state. READ MORE.

MAY 2014

POP GROUP CAPITAL CITIES AND L.L. BEAN BOOTMOBILE TO STOP IN CAPITAL REGION FOR I LOVE MY PARK DAY - Campus Consciousness Tour to pitch in at a New York State Park - Pop group Capital Cities and the larger-than-life L.L.Bean Bootmobile will make a stop in the Capital Region to participate in the third annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 3. Capital Cities is currently headlining REVERB’s Campus Consciousness Tour presented by L.L.Bean. Capital Cities, REVERB, and L.L.Bean, along with student outing clubs and environmental groups, are taking
part in community service projects that protect and beautify natural spaces. READ MORE

GE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MAKE SARATOGA TRAIL ADA ACCESSIBLE ON I LOVE MY PARK DAY - Saratoga Spa State Park will get one step closer to seeing a long-held dream come true on May 3, when work done by GE volunteers and others will increase the accessibility of the one-mile Ferndell Trail. GE volunteers will work with Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park and park staff to widen the trail in several locations. The work will continue later this year when GE volunteers, the Friends and park staff will make the trail completely handicapped accessible with the addition of a 25-foot pedestrian bridge and new benches every 1000 feet, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. READ MORE.

MARCH 2014

SUPREME COURT DECISION ON RAIL TRAILS DOES NOT AFFECT NYS TRAILS - The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States, represents a setback for the rail trail movement. However, contrary to several media reports, the Court’s decision is quite limited in scope, and it will have no effect on existing or planned rail trails in New York State. READ MORE.

REPORT CITES ADDITIONAL PROGRESS IN “CLOSING THE GAPS” IN ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL - Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the Canalway Trails Association New York (CTANY) have released their fourth annual report, Closing the Gaps: A Progress Report on the Erie Canalway Trail 2013. PTNY and CTANY note that 2013 was a year of many accomplishments in efforts to close the remaining 83 miles of gaps in the 360-mile trail that extends from Buffalo to Albany:  Seven miles of trail were constructed, six miles between Newark and Lyons in Wayne County and one mile in the City of Little Falls. READ MORE.

SENATORS PUSH FOR DEDICATED FUNDING FOR BICYLCISTS AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY INFRASTRUCTURE – A group of 20 Senators are requesting $20 million in dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian safety and infrastructure to be included in SFY 2014-15 and beyond. The Senators have signed on to a letter circulated by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-18) which asks for Senate leadership to include the funding in the chamber’s one-house, budget bill. Senator Dilan’s letter recognizes that access to active transportation is essential for all New Yorkers, and dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure represents an investment in safety, quality of life, community health, and business. READ MORE.

FEBRUARY 2014

NEW YORKERS CALL ON LEGISLATORS TO FUND STATE PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES - New Yorkers from across the state are coming together at the State Capitol on February 26 for the 8th annual Park Advocacy Day to urge policymakers to protect and preserve New York’s state parks. Representatives from park friends groups, environmental organizations, local parks, and educational organizations will be in attendance. Park advocates will urge state lawmakers to support Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $90 million capital investment in the state park system, increase operating funds for state parks and historic sites, and enhance the once robust Environmental Protection Fund. READ MORE.  

NEW YORKERS CALL ON LEGISLATORS TO FUND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLING PROJECTS - New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) convened around the Empire State Plaza this week to meet with legislators calling on them to dedicate funding to improve New York’s pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure. The advocacy day is a follow up to other efforts of the group to deliver the same message to the Governor’s Office and the New York State Department of Transportation through a postcard campaign and a letter, sent in December 2013, from more than 1300 individuals and 50 organizations representing environmental, health, aging, equity, and transportation groups. READ MORE.

JANUARY 2014

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK AWARDS GRANTS TO STRENGTHEN PARK AND TRAIL GROUPS AROUND THE STATE - The statewide advocacy group Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) today awarded almost $15,000 in Growing the Grassroots capacity building grants to eight not-for-profit park and trail organizations. The groups will use the funds to increase organizational visibility, generate community support, grow membership, and attract additional volunteers. READ MORE.

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO'S PROPOSED INVESTMENT IN PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT BUDGET- Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for State FY 2014-2015 includes important investments in state parks infrastructure and environmental programs that will help grow the economy, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. READ MORE.

NEW YORKERS CALL ON GOVERNOR CUOMO TO FUND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLING PROJECTS - More than 50 organizations, 1,300 Postcards, one message—NYS Budget needs dedicated bike/ped funding—New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) delivered a united message to Governor Cuomo this afternoon: more than 1,300 postcards, from New Yorkers across the state, calling on the Governor to dedicate funding to improve New York’s pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure. The postcard delivery is a follow‐up to a letter, sent in December 2013, from more than 50 organizations representing environmental, health, aging, equity, and transportation groups. READ MORE.

STATEMENT FROM PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S 2014 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS - In today's State of the State address, Governor Cuomo reinforced his commitment to the revitalization of New York’s world-class state park system.  We applaud the Governor’s continued investment in these treasured landscapes and cultural landmarks for New Yorkers today and for future generations. READ MORE.

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