April 4, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Projects to Upgrade State Parks, Historic Sites and a Ski Facility in the Hudson Valley

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $34 million investment for NY Works projects to upgrade and repair nine parks, two historic sites and one ski facility in the Hudson Valley.


New York Works is designed to reinvent state economic development with innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure. The Task Force will help create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state.


"New York State has passed, for the second year in a row, a transformative and balanced budget that holds the line on spending, while focusing on job creation and government efficiency," Governor Cuomo said. "The centerpiece of this budget is the New York Works program, a new strategy for leveraging capital to put New Yorkers back to work and rebuilding our aging infrastructure including the state park system that is used by so many people across the state."


State Senator Bill Larkin said, "For too long, our parks have been allowed to deteriorate and lose the luster they once had. Governor Cuomo knows how important it is to have an incredible parks system as a draw for New York in tourism and for improving the quality of life for residents. These grants are an example of the Governor rebuilding New York from the ground up and restoring our parks to the glory they once knew and I sincerely appreciate his efforts."


Senator Steve Saland said, "I am pleased that this budget includes an infusion of capital dollars for the rehabilitation of New Yorks state park system. Our state park system is a vital component of our regional and state tourism and the revitalization of these natural treasures will not only create new jobs but also attract many visitors to New York's parks and historic sites."


Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski said, "It's important that we keep New York State's parks updated and safe so our families can continue to enjoy them. A great component of the New York Works Program is funding for needed infrastructure repairs and upgrades at our state parks. By updating our parks and their facilities, we are creating much-needed jobs and ensuring that these parks can continue to be enjoyed by Rockland County families for many years to come."


Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer said, "With spring comes increased use of our state parks and recreation facilities. Thus, I am particularly pleased to announce $2.6 million in new state funding for the improvement of Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. This funding will rehabilitate bridges along the Trail, investing in our local economy while making the Trail even more appealing for our bikers and hikers."


The Budget continues the Governors commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.


The Budget includes key economic development and transportation initiatives, important reforms to improve government efficiency, and measures to strengthen communities across the state.


New York Works Task Force


The New York Works Task Force will coordinate capital plans across 45 agencies and authorities, oversee investment in projects and access to funding, and facilitate the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.


Prior to the New York Works initiative, there was no comprehensive state plan for the $16 billion in annual capital expenditures by 45 state agencies and authorities. In some cases, including with respect to projects by the Port Authority, the MTA, and the Department of Transportation, billions of dollars of taxpayer or commuter funds are being used to fund transportation plans in the same region with no coordination between the agencies. For the first time, the New York Works Task Force will develop a coordinated capital infrastructure plan among agencies and authorities. The Task Force, made up of leaders in finance, labor, planning and transportation will also recommend financing options for projects and methods to accelerate construction of critical infrastructure.


The New York Works Task Force will consist of fifteen members. Nine of the members will be appointed by the Governor and six by the Legislature. All major state agencies and authorities will participate in an implementation council to coordinate capital planning.


All New York Works projects will be posted on the web with real-time updates so that New Yorkers can track the progress of projects in their community. The full list will be posted online over the next several days.


Rebuilding New York's State Parks


The New York Works Fund will provide $89 million, leveraging $143 million in total funding, to rehabilitate state parks, representing the single largest infusion in history of capital dollars for New York's parks. Currently, 83% of state parks are deteriorating. Projects will be funded in every region of the state and will enhance the visitor experience and enable our state parks to reemerge after years of decline.


The New York Works Projects in the Hudson Valley are as follows:


Project NameProject DescriptionTotal Project Cost
Bear Mountain State ParkRepair and resurface the Seven Lakes Drive Road, a heavily used park road that is experiencing significant deterioration.4,000,000
Bear Mountain State ParkRehabilitate and upgrade water and sewer systems that service Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks.5,000,000
Belleayre Mountain Ski CenterFunds will support lift maintenance, building maintenance and other infrastructure and preventive maintenance projects.$1,000,000
Fahnestock State ParkReplace the Taconic Outdoor Education Center's outdated water supply system, which currently fails to meet health code.1,000,000
Franklin D. Roosevelt State ParkRehabilitate deteriorated bathhouse facilities and repair the swimming pool's aging filtration system. The swimming pool, one of the largest pools in the country, is located 35 miles from New York City and is heavily used by underserved communities.1,150,000
Hudson Valley State Parks ImprovementsRehabilitate deteriorated structures, roofs, electric, water, and sewage systems at various camps used by underserved children in Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks.3,355,000
Lake Taghkanic State ParkReconstruct Lake Taghkanic State Park's four deteriorating public restrooms. These aged facilities are a visible sign of state disinvestment in the state park.2,400,000
Mills-Norrie State Park / Staatsburgh State Historic SiteRestore the East Portico of Mills Mansion and repair the mansion's leaking roof; also complete restoration of the historic Mills stone wall4,200,000
Mills-Norrie State Park MarinaLarge amounts of sediment have built up in the marina, making some slips unusable and reducing the park's revenue. Efforts to dredge the marina to remove accumulated sediments will restore full use of the marina.2,000,000
Minnewaska State ParkThese funds will support the next phase of rebuilding the park's popular trails, which are used for hiking, bicycling, and cross country skiing.1,000,000
Olana State Historic SiteOlana is among the most important historic sites in the state park system and is a major tourism draw. Repairs to Olana's leaking roof are critical to maintaining this unique structure.1,500,000
Old Croton Aqueduct Trail ImprovementsReplace several deteriorating bridges along the Old Croton Aqueduct, a heavily used, 26-mile paved trail in Westchester County that runs along the top of the historic aqueduct.2,600,000
Rockland State ParkRenovate leaks to avoid closure of the park's pool, which receives high use from underserved communities.5,000,000