NEW YORK STATE (March 3, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has unveiled a seven-point framework of the NY Parks 2020 Plan that will leverage image approximately $900 million in public and private funding to modernize the State park system. NY Parks 2020 was previewed in the Governor’s Opportunity Agenda. The plan is part of a multi-year commitment since 2011 to restore facilities, enhance visitor experience, update signage and create better access for tourists at parks across the State. The 2015-16 Executive Budget adds $110 million toward this initiative.

“New York State is home to some of the best outdoor recreation areas in the nation – and this investment will help maintain them in peak condition and enhance the experience for all of our park’s visitors,” Governor Cuomo said. “The NY Parks 2020 plan is building on our State’s recent success in developing our parks and historic sites into local economic engines, and it will position New York State as a top recreation destination for years to come.”

The NY Parks 2020 plan was unveiled by Commissioner Rose Harvey of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Saratoga Spa State Park today, where the Governor has already directed more than $7 million to improve the National Historic Landmark and flagship State Park in the Capital Region. The investment is making possible a diverse range of projects at the Saratoga Spa State Park– including newly paved trails; restored picnic pavilions; improvements of the Victoria Pool complex; a new playground; a more sustainable upgrade of the Saratoga Performing Arts gateway and preservation of the historic Lincoln and Roosevelt Bathhouses.

This multi-year NY Parks 2020 plan will modernize and bring state parks to 21st century standards by:

    · Making comprehensive investments in the State’s most popular flagship parks such as Saratoga Spa, Niagara Falls and Jones Beach to ensure they remain relevant throughout the 21st Century;

      · Targeting investments to projects that promote healthy, active outdoor recreation;

      · Ensuring people from all walks of life have opportunities to connect with parks;
      · Replacing well used but worn out public use facilities and critical infrastructure that have been neglected too long;
      · Preserving historic sites and cultural assets;
      · Ensuring proper stewardship of some of the State’s most unique ecosystems, including making them more resilient to extreme weather; and
      · Leveraging the tourism impact of State Parks to energize local economies.

      The plan lays out the framework for how State Parks will achieve these seven strategic priorities, including:

        · Build and improve new recreational facilities such as playgrounds, athletic fields and swimming facilities;

          · Open underutilized parkland and reconnect children to the outdoors by building new nature centers;

          · Modernize and refurbish campgrounds and cabins, bathhouses, contact stations and picnic pavilions;
          · Preserve and improve historic buildings by repairing roofs and windows and restoring historic stonework;
          · Undertake projects that prevent the invasive species, improve storm resiliency and implement energy efficiency initiatives that make state parks a model of sustainability; and
          · Develop partnerships that enhance visitor services such as restaurants and cultural facilities and host more recreational and cultural events that promote New York’s tourism assets.

        The NY Parks 2020 plan is available here.

        State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “Governor Cuomo has been the leading advocate for the New York State Park system – transforming it into one that is more relevant to the 21st Century visitor, with modern facilities, richer programs and better access for all. The NY Parks 2020 plan outlines the State’s vision for fixing and restoring the aged infrastructure but also transforming the parks in a smart and thoughtful way, one that is welcoming to all park visitors, geographically balanced, resilient and sustainable.”

        In 2010, the year before the Governor took office, 88 parks were threatened with closure. Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has reversed this trend by leading a multi-year transformation of New York’s outdoor resources. Between 2010 and 2014 the Governor advanced 279 park improvement projects at 109 parks and historic sites.

        With over 62 million visitors in 2014, State Park attendance is at historic levels and continuing to grow, having increased 8 percent since the Governor took office.

        The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by more than 62 million people annually. For more information on these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456, visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

        MARCH 3, 2015 – Special Weather Statement issued March 03 at 7:09PM EST by NWS Binghamton

        Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

        Affected Jurisdictions:  Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Sullivan Counties

        …Sleet Will Taper Off Later This Evening…Steady Sleet Will Persist Over Much Of The Area Until Around 9 PM.

        However…Between 9 And 10 PM…Steadier Precipitation Is Expected to Taper Off.

        Even After 10 PM…Though…Patchy Drizzle Or Freezing drizzle Is Possible.

        Driving Will Still Be Hazardous On Untreated Surfaces.

        Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

        MARCH 3, 2015 – Special Weather Statement issued March 03 at 5:30PM EST by NWS Binghamton

        Affected Jurisdictions:  Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Onondaga, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates Counties

        …Sleet Will Continue Early This Evening…Steady Sleet Is Expected Through 8 PM.

        Sleet May Begin To Mix With Freezing Rain…In Spots…By 7 Or 8 PM. Driving Will Be Hazardous. Unnecessary Travel Is Discouraged.

        Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

        SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (March 3, 2015) – Affected Jurisdictions: Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Sullivan Counties

        Issued By: NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

        …Heavy Snow Will Transition Over To Sleet Between 4 And 6 PM…Heavy Snow…With Snowfall Rates Of Up To An Inch Per Hour…Will persist Into Late Afternoon. Snow Is Expected To Mix With…Or Change To Sleet…By Around 5 PM in The Poconos In Northeast Pennsylvania. The Transition To sleet Should Occur By Around 6 PM

        Driving Will Be Hazardous. Unnecessary Travel Is Discouraged.
        Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

        SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (March 2, 2015) – Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development in cooperation with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, the Hudson Valley Workforce Development Institute and the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, will be holding a forum, “Child Care – A Critical Building Block in the Sullivan and Orange County Economy.”

        The conference will take place on Friday, March 6 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, NY 12790.

        “High-quality early child care can have a significant impact on a child’s well-being and developmental potential. Often overlooked is the positive affect it has on working parents who can rest assured their child is being well cared for while they are at work. We need to find more effective measures for providing access to quality and affordable child care for our working families” said Alan J. Sorensen, Sullivan County Legislator District 9.

        This Forum will examine the benefits of good child care systems through a number of lenses; working parents, children, employers, and regional economic development.

        “The major economic development that is coming to Sullivan County underscores the importance of making sure we have enough quality and affordable child care providers. This forum is the launch of a public conversation of what we need to do now as a community so we are prepared to meet the needs of our workforce” said Laura Quigley, Director of the Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development.

        For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Mary Jane Bertram, Hudson Valley Regional director for Workforce Development Institute, at 845-568-1213 or mjbertram@wdiny.org.

        NEW YORK STATE (March 2, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that New York State has been awarded $8.1 million in federal funds to help prevent heroin use, prescription drug abuse, and opioid overdose among adolescents and young adults across the State, while also increasing awareness about the dangers of these drugs.

        “This funding will help in our battle against heroin and prescription drug abuse, an epidemic that disproportionately affects teens and young adults, and has resulted in far too much needless tragedy," Governor Cuomo said. “Drug abuse has devastating consequences for families across New York, and these grants are another way our administration is working to help communities fight this heads on, and ultimately save lives.”

        The five-year, $8.1 million Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success funding was awarded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funds will be awarded in up to 10 local community coalitions located in high need communities across New York State. These funds will be used to implement environmental prevention strategies targeting heroin and prescription drug abuse and overdose prevention in the 12- to 25-year-old age group.

        This new grant funding will support community coalitions in meeting the following goals to:

          · Reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse in the 12- to 25-year-old population,

          · Reduce heroin use and heroin/prescription opioid overdose deaths among the 12- to 25-year-old population,

          · Increase public awareness through statewide and community media campaigns directed at parents and community members about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse and the strategies to prevent heroin/prescription opioid overdose deaths, and

          · Increase the number of anti-overdose medication Narcan/naloxone trainings offered to parents, family members, and anyone living with a heroin/prescription opioid addict.

        Image result for illegal drugsThe New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) will administer the grant. The funding will run through Sept. 30, 2019. Applications for community coalitions to apply for this funding are available HERE.

        Heroin addiction and prescription opioid abuse are persistent national problems that reach deep into communities across New York and heavily affect young adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 15,000 people die every year of overdoses involving prescription painkillers nationwide. In 2014, there were more than 118,000 admissions into New York State-certified treatment programs for heroin and prescription opioid abuse – a 17.8 percent increase over 2009. The largest increase in opioid admissions during that time was patients ages 18 to 34.

        Governor Cuomo has made this issue a priority and implemented aggressive measures to help New Yorkers address heroin addiction and prescription opioid abuse. The Governor launched the #CombatHeroin campaign in September 2014 to inform and educate New Yorkers about the risks of heroin and prescription opioid use, the warning signs of addiction, and the resources available to help. Additionally, the Governor launched the expanded first responder training program that in part requires every SUNY and CUNY police officer to be trained to respond to an opioid overdose by using naloxone. More than 41,000 New Yorkers are now trained – including nearly 4,000 law enforcement officers – and more than 1,200 lives have been saved.

        Senator Charles E. Schumer said, “Heroin and prescription drugs are ravaging communities throughout New York and this federal funding will make a real difference in helping us address the epidemic,” said Senator Schumer. “We must do everything in our power to prevent young people from falling victim to these horrible drugs, and I will continue to do everything I can to fight for funding that we need to address both the supply of these drugs and enhance treatment options that limit demand.”

        New Yorkers seeking help for drug addiction can access prevention, treatment and recovery information on the #CombatHeroin website or by calling the State’s HOPEline at 1-877-846-7369. A list of addiction treatment providers in New York State is available here.

        New Yorkers who want to help prevent heroin and prescription drug addiction and its serious consequences are encouraged to share #CombatHeroin campaign posters and PSAs in their local communities and to become trained in anti-opioid overdose response. Combat Heroin campaign materials, including fact sheets and informational flyers, are available in English, Spanish and Russian on the #CombatHeroin website. Information about anti-opioid overdose training is available here.

        SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (March 2, 2015) – Affected Jurisdictions: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates snowCounties

        Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

        …Winter Weather Advisory In Effect From 3 PM Tuesday To 7 AM EST Wednesday…

        The National Weather Service In Binghamton Has Issued A Winter weather Advisory For Snow…Freezing Rain And Sleet…Which Is In effect From 3 PM Tuesday To 7 AM EST Wednesday.

        * Locations…Central New York And Northeast Pennsylvania.* Hazards…Snow… Freezing Rain… And Sleet.

        * Accumulations…2 To 4 Inches Of Snow… Followed By Up To A quarter Of An Inch Of Ice.

        * Timing…Snow Starting Tuesday Afternoon Then Transitioning Over to A Wintry Mix Of Freezing Rain And Sleet During The Early evening And Lasting Through The Overnight.

        * Temperatures…In The Upper 20s.

        * Winds…South 10 To 20 Mph With Gusts Up To 35 Mph.

        * Impacts…Untreated Roads Will Become Hazardous. Isolated Power outages May Occur Due To The Combination Of Ice And Gusty Winds.

        A Winter Weather Advisory Means That Periods Of Snow…Sleet…Or freezing Rain Will Cause Travel Difficulties. Be Prepared For slippery Roads And Limited Visibilities…And Use Caution While driving.

        Please Report Snowfall And/Or Ice Amounts To The National Weather Service By Calling Toll Free At 1-888-603-1402…Or By Email Atbgm.Stormreport@Noaa.Gov.

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