New York lawmakers have voted to keep all state parks, historic sites and campgrounds open this year.
The Senate’s 32-27 vote this 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 be open for the Memorial Day weekend, but the DEC says the campgrounds won’t and it may take a couple of weeks to open some of them.
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