Schumer pledges support for local state parks

McDONOUGH – A bit of wind and rain didn’t deter Senator Charles Schumer from paying a visit to Bowman Lake State Park Wednesday.

“Our parks in Upstate New York are beautiful,” Schumer said Wednesday, during a lake-side press conference in which he lauded the New York State Park system and pledged to do his part to keep the state’s parks and historical sites open despite the state’s fiscal crisis.

According to the New York Democrat, the Land and Water Conservation Fund could be the answer to the state agency’s budget woes. The senator is pushing for the LWCF to be funded fully at $900 million as part of the New Energy Bill. Established in 1965, the LWCF’s purpose is to promote the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation areas, such as state parks.

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