Assembly Budget Proposal Rejects Belleayre Transfer to Olympic Regional Development Authority

March 11, 2012

Albany – Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D – Ulster / Dutchess) announced that the Assembly’s budget proposal does not include Governor Cuomo’s plan to place the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, currently overseen by the Department of Environmental Conservation, under the management of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

“The issue at Belleayre is funding, not administration. Putting it in an under-funded regional authority with little or no connection to the Catskills does nothing to assure the Ski Center will receive the resources it needs to thrive.

“Belleayre has been hit with a hugely disproportionate reduction in funding compared to other agencies of the state. Simply shifting the operation to another entity without adequate local representation and a clear long term financial plan is not the answer. This is an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and re-imagine the possibilities for the great asset of the Catskills, this center of commerce for the Route 28 corridor and tremendous recreational facility for so many New Yorkers.”