In The News


  • February, 2016

  • Crumbling Falls Bridges Overdue for Repair

    The Buffalo News

    PTNY's Robin Dropkin is quoted in this piece about the potential "shutting off" of the water on the American side of Niagara Falls in order to repair the crumbling stone arch bridges. The condition of the bridges are a testament to the backlog of projects that had characterized our state park system, and is now experiencing a resurgence of improvements.

  • January, 2016

  • NY looks to boost tourism, craft breweries

    PressConnects, Press & Sun-Bulletin

    The important role parks play in New York's tourism industry is supported in a quote by PTNY's Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, in this piece about Cuomo's 2016 budget's investment in the industry.

  • Parks group hails Cuomo's environmental protection fund plan

    Parks and Trails New York applauds Cuomo's announcement that he wants to add another $123 million to the Environmental Protection Fund, making a total of $300 million available to protect the environment and support parks, trails and farms.

  • December, 2015

  • Letter: Bike riders need protected lanes

    Albany Times Union

    A letter to the editor from our Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, in support of the continued discussion in the City of Albany to install its first protected bike lanes along a heavily-traveled stretch of Madison Avenue.

  • Coalition of New York groups makes new push to reauthorize federal Land and Water Conservation Fund

    Glens Falls Post Star

    Environmental and conservation groups as well as New York House Republicans are advocating for the program that provides funding to states to purchase land or conservation easements, and for parks and playgrounds.

  • November, 2015

  • Letchworth, Niagara Falls benefiting from investments in state parks

    WBFO 88.7

    A Buffalo radio station interviewed PTNY's Robin Dropkin about the visible signs of progress being made on much needed improvements in Western New York state parks.

  • New York State Parks, After Years of Decline, Receive Infusion of Cash and Care

    New York Times

    PTNY is mentioned and quoted in this optimistic piece about the improving conditions of New York State Parks.

  • October, 2015

  • Cycle the Erie: Fort Stanwix, Rome, Brings Revolutionary War Era to Life

    The Island Now

    The Cycle the Erie bike tour, 400 miles from Buffalo to Albany organized through Parks & Trails NY, takes us back to the very beginning of the United States, to its colonial days and its emergence as an independent nation.

  • September, 2015

  • Schenectady roundtable focuses on growing bicycle tourism market

    The Daily Gazette

    Organized by Parks and Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corp., the meeting’s aim was to find ways to help Schenectady capitalize on the growing bicycle tourist market. About 30 people attended the meeting, including cyclists, bicycle salespeople, a representative from the hospitality industry, representatives from Schenectady’s planning and engineering departments, the economic development supervisor for Schoharie County and a transportation planner from the Capital District Transportation Committee.

  • State Parks Announces $500,000 Available to Help Grassroots Groups Improve State Parks, Trails and Historic Sites

    The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced that $500,000 in grants are now available to help organizations to improve State parks, trails and historic sites.

  • PTNY staff transforms downtown Albany parking space

    Albany Times Union

    Parks and Trails New York took over multiple parking spaces on Washington Avenue near the Capitol, using art to convert them temporarily into a campground setting bordered by a segment of the Erie Canalway Trail.

  • Cyclists pedal Schenectady like tourists

    Albany Times Union

    Parks & Trails staff participated in a Bike-a-Round through the streets of Schenectady as part of this year's Bicycling Brings Business event. The ride intended to provide a feel of what tourists will experience while riding through the city.

  • Going Places, Near & Far: Cycle the Erie Canal Tour Affords Extraordinary View of 'Real America'

    The Island Now

    Karen Rubin, one of over 600 riders on this year's Cycle the Erie Canal Tour, published this colorful account of her experience in this online Long Island news source. Her detailing of the canalway's vibrant history and tourism combined with her personal interactions with the diverse other riders is very encouraging for anyone considering cycling any length of the trail.

  • Schumer: City parks, waterfronts need more money

    Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, spoke on behalf of Parks & Trails New York at the Corning Preserve along Albany's Hudson River waterfront in support of Sen. Charles Schumer's introduction of a bill to address the lack of federal funds that community parks and waterfronts receive.

  • Letter to the Editor: State parks need citizen stewards

    Albany Times Union

    A letter commending our state parks from our Director of Parks Program & Government Relations, Laura DiBetta, in response to an August 17th article about the Peerless Pool in Saratoga Spa State Park.

  • August, 2015

  • Erie Canal still key to N.Y. economy

    A letter to the editor of the Albany Times Union from Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York in response to an article from early August that downplayed the significance of the Erie Canal for New York State.

  • Erie Canal's value greatly understated

    Auburn Citizen (

    This guest column from an online feature of a Western New York publication addresses the questioning of investment of the Erie Canal by detailing its historic significance and economic impact while quoting figures from a report generated by Parks & Trails New York.

  • July, 2015

  • Cyclist celebrates his 80th birthday cycling 80 miles

    Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

    Ralph Wilson celebrated his 80th birthday cycling 80 miles along the Erie Canal, ending on Sunday, 7/19 in Fairport, NY.

  • New website promotes bicycle tours of New York's Erie Canal

    Utica Observer-Dispatch

    One of many sources featuring the launch of which coincided with the annual bike tour.

  • Annual Tour Takes Hundreds of Cyclists from Buffalo to Albany

    Schenectady Daily Gazette

    Article covering the final days of the tour as cyclists make their way into the Capital Region.