In recent days, it has come to light that the 2008-09 State Budget has taken an estimated $1 million from the $8 million Snowmobile Trail Development and Maintenance Fund and placed those funds into the General Budget. The snowmobile registration fee was raised with the Snowmobile Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2005 because a promise was made that these fees would be placed into the snowmobile fund. This promise was, unfortunately, not kept, and this sweeping of the million dollars is unacceptable to me. I am joining my Assembly colleagues in calling on the governor and the Legislature to appropriate the $1 million back to its rightful owners.
I am encouraging all businesses and organizations who are against this misappropriation to circulate petitions to be forwarded to the governor. Please contact my district office at (518) 562-1986 to have petitions mailed to you. If individuals wish to sign a petition, stop by my district office located at 202 US Oval in Plattsburgh.