State Route 20 ĖItís Historic, Itís Beautiful and Now Itís Officially a Scenic Byway

Bill designating Route 20 from Duanesburg to LaFayette passes Assembly
June 20, 2005

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) that would designate State Route 20 from Duanesburg to LaFayette an official scenic byway has passed the Assembly Ė it has also previously passed the Senate.

"There is no doubt that this segment of Route 20 is probably one of the most scenic stretches of road in New York State," Magee said. "The small villages, the farms, the open land and the old time feel of it simply make it an outstanding and touristy drive."

The 123-mile corridor follows portions of United States Route 20 and Otsego County Route 54 from the intersection of Route 20 with Interstate 1-88 through the counties of Schenectady, Schoharie, Otsego, Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, and Onondaga to its intersection with Interstate 81.

"I have lived right on Route 20 and have had a small business on Route 20 for forty years and for the entire fifteen years that I have served in the Assembly I have faithfully traveled Route 20 to and from Albany," Magee commented. "I can honestly say that there is not a day that goes by that I do not see something new that makes appreciate it even more."

By becoming a duly designated scenic byway, the communities along Route 20 communities through which scenic byways pass including: increased economic benefits through promotion of tourism, improved traveler and community services, broadened appreciation of the State’s historic and natural resources and support for managing and maintaining these resources.

"This designation is good thing that will increase the historic stature of Route 20 while also providing the communities along it with some very real and very tangible economic and other benefits," Magee concluded.

The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Senator James Seward (R-Milford).