Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino, a life-long bayman and outdoor enthusiast, today announced that Long Island salt water fishermen can breathe a sigh of relief after fees for salt water fishing licenses were repealed and lifetime marine licenses will be refunded during yesterday’s General Conference Committee Meeting on the 2011-12 State Budget. The meeting took place with Legislative Leaders and the Governor.
“Salt water fishing in the waters surrounding Long Island has always been free to the public; Long Islanders will once again be able to enjoy that freedom,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “I strongly opposed this ‘Fun Tax’ and actively pursued its repeal. Now that legislative leaders and the governor have heard the loud voice of overburdened taxpayers, we may finally see an end to the tax-and-spend policies of the past and work toward responsible budget solutions for our state.”
The repeal of the salt water fishing license and refunds of lifetime maritime licenses were part of a $15 million restoration in the state budget related to Environment, Agriculture and Housing. Assemblyman Saladino, a long-time defender on environmental issues, was upbeat about the restorations.
“Outdoor recreation is an economic engine for Long Island’s economy,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “We must draw attention to the environmental resources and greatly increase eco-tourism, both of which contribute to the viability and strength of our local economy.”
Every year, Assemblyman Saladino hosts a free-to-the-public Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Long Island that features activities and exhibits on Green technology, renewable energy, environmental protection, safety and conservation.