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NY Parks Advocates to Seek More Funds from State

NY Parks Advocates to Seek More Funds from State
Advocates are seeking support for New York parks and trails

Advocates for New York's state parks will be gathering in Albany to urge lawmakers and other officials to protect and preserve the Empire State's parks system.

Parks & Trails New York says members of park friends groups and environmental organizations will be at the state Capitol Wednesday for the eighth annual Park Advocacy Day.

The advocates will seek support from legislators for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal for $90 million in capital investment in the state park system, increasing operating funds for state parks and historic sites, and boosting the Environmental Protection Fund.

Advocates have praised Cuomo's efforts over the past two years to improve the parks system by spending $200 million on infrastructure repairs, but the groups say hundreds of millions more has to be spent to clear up a backlog of needed improvements.