State Parks Should Not Become a Casualty of New York’s Fiscal Problems

Statement by Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,I,C – Newport)
February 25, 2010

The proposed closures of Johnson Hall State Historic Site, Glimmerglass State Park, Herkimer Home Historic Site and the Hyde Hall State Historic Site would be a devastating loss to the Mohawk Valley. These closures will only provide short-term savings for the state while they will cause irreparable damage to our upstate community. Our local parks and historical sites serve as a draw for tourists from around the state and provide a boost to our local economy. These facilities also serve as a source of local pride as our area is rich in history. In a time when our state is battling a fiscal crisis, we should not be closing facilities that aid our local economies and provide a source of convenient and inexpensive recreation to the residents of New York state.