State Parks Should Not Become a Casualty of New Yorks 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.