NYS closing 55 parks, historic sites today

By By The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is set to close 55 parks and historic sites as the budget crisis continues.

Officials at the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation say the agency on Monday will start shutting down or keeping closed 41 parks and 14 historic sites across New York.

Parks officials say parking lot gates and restrooms are being locked, and anyone venturing onto the properties will be asked to leave.

The closures include state-run beaches on Long Island, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and several historic sites dating back to the Revolutionary War.

The Legislature has voted to restore $11.3 million in parks funding cut from Gov. David Paterson's budget proposal. But lawmakers and Paterson have yet to agree on a budget, which is now 47 days late.

Online: http://nysparks.state.ny.us
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