Getting funding for area tourist attractions subject of breakfast meeting

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Central New York has a lot to offer tourists, but how do you get funding to promote it?

That was the topic of a round-table discussion Friday morning in Cooperstown. The New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association had a breakfast at the Otsesaga Hotel called "Eggs and Issues."

The breakfast was an opportunity for Madison and Otsego County tourism officials to speak with state representatives, including Assemblyman Bill Magee of Nelson and Senator Jim Seward of Oneonta.

"Tourism is extremely important, particularly for my district, which includes all of Madison county and part of Otsego County," said Magee. "With three halls of fame -- boxing, baseball and abolition in Peterboro -- the message is, we have to continue to fund tourism and keep the programs that are out there working, going."

A representative from U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's office was also on hand to provide information on how to apply for federal aid for tourism-related projects.

Magee is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Michael Hennessy.

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