Full Funding Restored to New York’s Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquaria

April 6, 2009
Brooklyn – Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman proudly announces that the New York State FY09-10 budget includes a full restoration of $9 million for Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquaria (ZBGA). Serving over 12 million visitors annually, ZBGA institutions were concerned by the governor’s budget proposal that would have cut funding for the Environmental Protection Fund and its contributory programs. Thanks to federal stimulus money and many strong advocates, including Assemblywoman Millman, funding was preserved for the Environmental Protection Fund and its ancillary programs.

“Brooklyn is home to many treasured institutions – the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Prospect Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium at Coney Island,” said Millman. “I am well aware of the contributions these institutions make to our borough and city, and this is why I fought to restore full funding. Especially in the tough economic climate of today, families need affordable, enriching recreational options.”

The New York State FY09-10 budget appropriates $222 million to the Environmental Protection Fund which includes a full restoration of $9 million for Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquaria. Due to the popularity of these institutions, they generate substantial economic benefits to the local economy. Moreover, zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums provide a unique educational opportunity for children and families to learn about our diverse natural environment.