In The News


  • April, 2017

  • Cheers for Canal Clean Sweep

    Lockport Journal

    Six “Canal Clean Sweep” events are planned in Lockport and Middleport. The Clean Sweep initiative, launched by the state Canal Corp. and Parks and Trails New York, encourages volunteers to assist in the tidying of the Canalway Trail and canalside greenspaces ahead of the canal navigating season.

  • Volunteers to clean up New York canal system and trails

    New York Daily News

    The New York State Canal System is getting a spring cleanup. More than 100 volunteer cleanup events have been scheduled Friday through Sunday along the 524-mile (843-kilometer) canal system and its trails.

  • Empire State Trail: Where will New York's 750-mile hiking, biking trail go?

    Article containing several maps about the proposed trail including a mention and link to our interactive map of the Erie Canalway Trail.

  • Court to Take Up Case Over Redevelopment of Former Shea Stadium Land

    New York Law Journal

    Article mentioning PTNY and our submission of an amicus curiae brief to the court regarding the redevelopment project and its deterrence from the public trust doctrine since the land is technically considered a public park.

  • It’s Up to us to Keep our Environment Clean for Future Generations

    Madison County Courier

    An Earth Day message from Assemblymember Stirpe encouraging Central New Yorkers to get outside this weekend especially to lend a hand in their communities making mention of Canal Clean Sweep and PTNY.

  • State Seeks Volunteers to Prep Trails, Campgrounds

    Adirondack Daily Enterprise

    Small blurb in upstate publication promoting I Love My Park Day in the Adirondacks.

  • Volunteers sought for Canal Clean Sweep

    Lockport Journal

    To celebrate Earth Day and the kick off of the canal navigation season, volunteer groups and individuals are invited to participate in the 12th annual Canal Clean Sweep, the spring cleaning of the New York Canal System and Canalway Trail, scheduled for the weekend of April 21 to 23.

  • March, 2017

  • Supporters: Empire State Trail would put New York on national bicycling map

    Daily Gazette

    The 750-mile Empire State Trail would have a major economic impact, putting New York on the national map of bicycling destinations, supporters said Monday as they pushed to include funding for it in the 2018 state budget. The plan's fate remains uncertain, though, despite it having been ballyhooed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January, with each of the three parties to final state budget negotiations having a different stance.

  • NY trail may face dead end with Legislature

    Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

    Neither the Democratic-led Assembly nor the Republican-controlled Senate are showing much support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $200 million proposal to build a 750-mile trail across New York — which would be the largest state-owned trail in the nation. Advocates for the trail rallied Monday at the state Capitol in support of the proposal to try to sway lawmakers.

  • Volunteers may register to spruce up parks on May 6

    The Altamont Enterprise

    Small, Albany-area publication promoting this year's I Love My Park Day for specific locations throughout the Capital Region.

  • No longer the roads less traveled

    The Journal News (

    PTNY's Project Coordinator, Greg Francese, is quoted in this piece from a Hudson Valley online source touting the benefits of trails and the outdoors, as well as the challenges faced due to their increasing use.

  • Proposed Hiking Trail Brings Together Manhattan, Buffalo, & Canada

    WFUV 90.7

    Brief news piece about the Empire State Trail featuring a sound clip from a radio interview with PTNY's Project Coordinator, Greg Francese.

  • 'Parks and Trails' group to urge NY lawmakers to OK Cuomo's $53M mega-trail plan

    Outdoor enthusiasts and activists from across New York will gather in Albany to urge state lawmakers to back Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for a 750-mile trail system.

  • February, 2017

  • 750-mile Empire Trail holds promise across New York state

    Democrat & Chronicle

    This extensive coverage of the proposed Empire State Trail and closing the gaps of the Erie Canalway Trail features multiple quotes from Parks & Trails New York staff, businesses who have benefited from the tourism, as well as legislators and other organizations in support of the east-west, north-south, 750-mile endeavor.

  • Cuomo's $200M trail project gets close scrutiny from lawmakers

    The Daily Star

    Environmental and recreation groups strongly supportive of Empire State Trail.

  • Letter: Empire State Trail will be major recreational asset

    Albany Times Union

    A letter to the editor from Parks & Trails New York's Executive Director, Robin Dropkin in support of the economic benefits of the proposed 750-mile Empire State Trail.

  • Outdoors: Empire State Trail details still murky

    Albany Times Union

    A promo for PTNY's March 2 Trails Advocacy Day is featured alongside this article looking more in-depth to the proposed Empire State Trail as well as questions raised regarding the Governor's plan.

  • January, 2017

  • Canal Clean Sweep 2017: Join us Earth Day weekend

    Madison County Courier

    Celebrate Earth Day & the Erie Canal bicentennial by organizing an event for the 2017 Canal Clean Sweep April 21 through 23. Event registration is now open.

  • Registration opens for Cycle the Erie Canal

    Webster Post

    Registration is open for Parks and Trails New York's 19th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, an opportunity to bike across the state and take in the history of the canal that transformed America. The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled July 9-16. This year marks the start of the bicentennial celebration for the Erie Canal.

  • OUR VIEW: Empire State Trail would benefit upstate

    Union Sun & Journal

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s suggested Empire State Trail is a bright idea. There is much potential in a plan to “connect” Buffalo, Albany, the north country and Manhattan, for bikers, hikers and off-road explorers generally.