Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,I,C – Newport) voted in favor of an amendment that would restore funding to the state parks and historic sites closed earlier this week, including Johnson Hall, Glimmerglass State Park, Herkimer Home and Hyde Hall.
“It is unconscionable that in a time of fiscal crisis, state leaders would choose to close facilities that provide an affordable form of entertainment for New Yorkers,” said Butler. “With a return on investment for these facilities estimated to be 5 to 1, it brings into question why our parks and historical sites are being sacrificed instead of removing frivolous spending from the state budget.”
“Our amendment was a necessary element to ensure that New York State’s main tourism venues, its parks and historic sites, remain operational and continue to service the public as well as our growing tourist population,” said Butler. “Even though our amendment was blocked, I remain determined to fight for New York’s parks, and I will continue working to ensure that our enacted 2010-11 state budget includes the funding needed to keep these facilities open.”
The amendment was ultimately voted down (79-55) by the Assembly Majority Conference.