Will federal stipulations keep New York parks open?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Those advocating for New York’s parks to stay open will no doubt be heartened by news that federal stipulations could prevent Governor David Paterson from proceeding with his plans to close 41 of the state’s parks and historical sites. But according to state parks officials, even those stipulations won’t be enough to keep them open.

The bearer of what is viewed by many as good news is Congressman Maurice Hinchey. On Friday the New York Democrat, who represents the state’s 22nd Congressional District, issued a statement indicating he had been told by the head of the National Park Service that New York could be prevented from closing any park which had received federal funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.

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