Assemblywoman says closing New York's SPs, historic sites would go more economic harm than good

In the 2010-11 state budget, the New York state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation released a list of proposals to achieve savings in light of the current state fiscal crisis. Included in the proposal, 41 state parks and 14 historic monuments were to close, and services would be reduced at 23 parks and one historic site.

New York state currently is in the middle of a very precarious fiscal situation. It is only appropriate that significant savings and service reductions within each state agency and department should be considered and reviewed by all of my state legislative colleagues. However, closing State Parks and historic sites either entirely or operating them on reduced hours would unquestionably do more harm than good to our state’s economy. Even during the Great Depression, our state parks and historic sites were not closed.

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