Advocacy

Speaking out for parks and trails since 1985

Your voice in Albany

PTNY is your voice in Albany and throughout the state for New York’s parks and trails.

As the leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, PTNY plays an active role in the annual state budget process and keeps a watchful eye on park- and trail-related legislation. Our annual Advocacy Agenda lays out each year’s priority issues and legislation.

In all our advocacy efforts, we strive to provide user groups, such as park Friends groups and regional trail committees, with the tools and information they need when it matters most.

Each year we invite New Yorkers from across the state to our Park and Active Transportation Advocacy Days so they can share with lawmakers their passion for their favorite outdoor spaces.

Here's what we fight for:

  • We are a strong advocate for adequate capital and operations funding for our magnificent system of state parks and historic sites.
  • We are committed to establishing state policies that safeguard park lands from non-park use.
  • We are dedicated to securing state and federal transportation funding that supports communities' efforts to build trails, bike lanes, and sidewalks that support active transportation.
  • Our Close the Gaps campaign seeks to complete the entire 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail which, when finished, will be the longest trail of its kind in the nation.

Strength in numbers

By partnering with other groups that share our passion for New York's great outdoor spaces such as the Friends of New York's Environment and New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT), a coalition we helped found and lead, we more effectively fight for the issues that you care about - protecting New York's natural areas, enhancing the existing network of bike paths and multi-use trails, offering strong support for the Environmental Protection Fund, and securing equitable funding for infrastructure that supports safe walking and bicycling.

Won’t you join us in advocating for New York’s most treasured outdoor places?