Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C - Batavia) recently participated in the Assembly Minority's second annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day, held in the "Well" of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The assemblyman met with local outdoor enthusiasts and sporting vendors to discuss how to honor and support the proud traditions of New York's sportsmen and sportswomen.
"Since the state's inception, outdoor sporting activities have been an integral part of life for New Yorkers, and those traditions are continued with a special reverence here in Western New York," said Hawley. "Not only are hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities woven into the fabric of our state, but the benefits of these practices have a far-reaching impact. Sporting industries create jobs while attracting revenue and investment to Western New York. Additionally, outdoor enthusiasts spur economic growth at the state and local levels as a result of increased tourism, contributing more than $6 billion annually to New York's economy."
Assemblyman Hawley was joined at the event by outdoor enthusiasts from Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, and Orleans counties. He applauded those in attendance for helping to make the second annual Sportsmen's Day such a success.
"I am honored to be a part of such a successful event that connects the proud sportsmen and sportswomen of this state directly with the decision makers in charge of legislative policies regarding outdoor activities," said Hawley. "Sportsmen's Day is a reminder that the power truly rests in the hands of the people. I am grateful to have received so much input from those with the deepest understanding of outdoor issues."