All New York state parks to open for holiday weekend


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers have voted to keep all state parks, historic sites and campgrounds open this year.

The Senate's 32-27 vote Friday afternoon came after earlier Assembly approval and cleared the legislation for Gov. David Paterson's signature.

It provides $11 million for the parks and campgrounds while reducing the Environmental Protection Fund by $78 million to help close this year's $9.2 billion deficit.

Administration officials listed 41 of 178 parks and 14 of 35 historic sites for shutdown, along with a half-dozen Department of Environmental Conservation campgrounds.

The parks will open for the Memorial Day weekend. The DEC says only one of its targeted campgrounds is open, and the others will take two to four weeks.

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