Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State address underscores his ongoing commitment to protecting New York’s spectacular landscapes and natural resources as he recognizes the importance open space conservation and improving New York’s magnificent state parks.
Through the governor’s NY Parks 2020 initiative, New York’s state parks are undergoing a true renaissance. This multi-year investment and newfound energy is paying enormous dividends – as more and more New Yorkers and tourists flock to our wonderful recreational, natural and cultural destinations. Through both NY Parks 2020 and, the more recently instituted, Adventure NY programs, the governor is adding enhanced outdoor opportunities for families and explorers; as well as economic activity to local communities throughout the state. We welcome plans for a new state park in Brooklyn, as well as the array of park capital projects highlighted in the governor’s remarks.
OSI also strongly supports the governor’s expressed commitment to “protecting and improving access to New York’s open spaces.” Smart, effective land conservation builds strong communities, provides a range of recreational opportunities and protects wildlife habitats.
Furthermore, we salute the governor for recognizing the critical axis of land conservation and clean drinking water. The health and well-being of all New Yorkers is reliant on the connection land conservation plays in protecting water sources today and for future generations.
We are grateful to the governor’s record in supporting a $300 million Environmental Protection Fund and for his commitment to funding state land acquisition. We look forward to building on our longstanding relationships with both the Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Parks in protecting vulnerable landscapes, waterways and public lands; and improving recreational opportunities.
As we begin the 2018 legislative session, we look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and members of legislature to maintain these commitments and look forward to seeing continued support on the 2018-19 state budget.