Are the Parks Saved?
May 27th, 2010
After a number of almosts it seems a plan has been agreed on to fund 55 parks and historic sites in time for Memorial Day weekend. The plan would take $74 million dollars from the Environmental Protection Fund and also initiate and e-waste recycling program that would create fees that would help fund parks. Both houses would have to approve legislation to make the deal happen. Don’t hold your breath though–anything can happen in Albany.
“We worked until about four o’clock in the morning and the staffs of the Senate and Assembly and the governor’s office appear to have resolved the issues about the state parks,” Paterson said on the “John Gambling Show” this morning.
Environmental groups are happy that the parks could be open but are enraged that it will come at the expense of the EPF. There are also concerns that the recycling program could meet great resistance from the business community.
It might seem a bit odd that lawmakers are in a dizzy to get parks open when the entire budget is two months late but voters have apparently made it very clear that they want the parks open. Albany Sen. Neil Breslin, who had just returned from the Democratic Convention in Rye, said that he had not been briefed on the plan but said, “It sounds like we are going to do this. I’ve gotten more calls on parks than on healthcare or education, so that should tell you how important this is to voters.”By David King on May 27, 2010, 1:23 pm
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