April 4, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Projects to Upgrade State Parks in Western New York

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $29.7 million investment for NY Works projects to upgrade and repair six parks in Western New York. 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."


Senator George D. Maziarz said, "There has been a great need to devote resources to help rehabilitate parks in my district for a number of years. This being the largest investment of capital dollars in New York State Parks in history, I commend Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for making this a part of this year's budget. This investment in our area's future will go a long way to enhance the beauty and visiting experience of these assets to our community."


State Senator Catharine Young said: "Parks were one of my family's favorite places to visit when I was a kid, and it has been gratifying to represent several parks as a Senator. We worked with Governor Cuomo to deliver these infrastructure improvements that will ensure that countless other families can experience and enjoy this state's parks. They are not only important to our economy, but they also enrich our quality of life."


Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, "New York State has long been known for its beautiful landscape and storied history. The New York Works Funds investment in New Yorks natural and historical assets is a significant step towards reversing the pattern of deterioration at parks across the state. I am particularly pleased that Evangola State Park in the Town of Evans has both been targeted for capital investment. These parks attract visitors from across the country to Western New York, provide local jobs, and serve as anchors for our regional economy."


Senator Mark Grisanti said, "After years of neglect and disrepair, I am thrilled that this years budget will give the single largest infusion of capital dollars in history towards the rehabilitation of state parks through the New York Works Fund. In Western New York, we treasure our state parks from Knox Farm to Artpark. This investment in the parks system will help facilitate needed repairs and upgrades to ensure that all who visit a state park have an enjoyable experience."


Assemblyman Robin Schimminger said, "Investing our state's parks enhances New York's natural treasures and invests in our local economies. As such, I am pleased that close to $5 million in funding has been allocated to support job-creating improvement projects at the State Parks across western New York."


Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak said, "Improvements to our local state parks couldn't come at a better time. With the weather getting warmer and families spending more time outside, these projects will help enhance some of Western New York's more popular destinations and hidden gems."


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


Establishes the 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 Western New York are as follows:


    Project Name
Project Description
Total Project Cost
    Allegany State Park
    Upgrade the electrical systems in the Red House and Cain Hollow campgrounds, which are currently outdated and present health and safety concerns. In addition, they cannot accommodate modern camping vehicles.
    Allegany State Park
    Reconstruct the Cain Hollow and Camp 5 restroom and shower buildings. Located in the Quaker camping area, these two deteriorated facilities are visible signs of disinvestment in this park.
    Midway State Park
    Construct a new building around the park's historic carousel to replacing the existing failing structure.
    Niagara Falls State Park
    Restore popular viewing areas and trails, rehabilitate Cave of the Winds area, design replacement American Falls Bridge, and rehabilitate the park's roadways and infrastructure. This project will use accelerated NYPA Niagara Greenway funding to support the improvements at this flagship park.
    Evangola State Park
    Reconstruct a comfort station in Evangola State Park.
    Golden Hill State Park
    Reconstruct a comfort station in Golden Hill State Park.
    Long Point State Park
    Install a new fueling system at the marina at Long Point State Park.