In The News


  • April, 2016

  • Albany Mayor Sheehan Announces Construction of Major Bike and Pedestrian Improvements to Albany's Corning Riverfront Park

    City of Albany Press Release

    PTNY staff attended a press conference along the banks of the Hudson in Albany to acknowledge the waterfront improvement project. PTNY's Robin Dropkin is quoted in the press release expressing support for the project.

  • Helpers Sought for Spa Park Work Day

    Troy Record

    I Love My Park Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, in Saratoga Spa State Park. Similar events are planned for more than 95 state parks across the state, in which volunteers help with cleanup, beautification and improvement projects. Last year, more than 150 volunteers completed over a dozen projects at Spa State Park.

  • Oneida Rail Trail to Host I Love My Park Day Event

    Madison County Courier

    The Oneida Rail Trail will host volunteers at Old Erie Canal State Park as part of more than 95 cleanup, improvement and beautification events happening statewide Saturday, May 7.

  • Join DEC for I Love My Park Day and Plant Some Trees

    Coverage focusing on the New York State DEC locations participating in our annual I Love My Park Day statewide volunteer event. This is the first year that DEC and National Park sites have been added to the more than 100 participating New York State Parks and historic sites.

  • Giving Back: I Love My Park Day Builds Next Generation of Park Stewards

    The Conservationist

    This piece by PTNY's Laura DiBetta and Robin Dropkin was featured in the April 2016 edition of NY's Department of Environmental Conservation's bi-monthly publication. It paints a vibrant picture of the success of the first four years of our annual I Love My Park Day state-wide volunteer event and this year's expansion beyond state parks and historic sites.

  • NY Parks Advocates Praise Cuomo, Lawmakers for State Budget

    Advocates for the environment and New York state parks are praising the $156 billion budget passed by the Legislature. The spending plan contains $123 million in new money for environmental protection. That brings the total of the state’s Environmental Protection Fund to $300 million.

  • March, 2016

  • Fewer potholes = less funding

    Albany Times Union

    PTNY Executive Director Robin Dropkin expresses her support for the $20 million in bike/ped funding, including trails, that is included in the NYS Assembly budget.
  • Transit advocates push for more NY cash

    Press Connects

    PTNY was happy to stand up this week with fellow advocates and Assembly members at a press conference in support of $20 million in state funding for bike/ped infrastructure.
  • Grants awarded to 7 Western New York nonprofits

    Buffalo Business First

    Two Western New York parks preservation groups were among 20 organizations statewide to benefit from a statewide allocation of $450,000.

  • $450k in grants are awarded for grassroots initiatives

    Wyoming County Free Press

    Our Park and Trail Partnership Program awardees have been officially announced by Gov. Cuomo. The $450,000 in state grants to 20 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York State parks and historic sites will support projects to strengthen Friends Groups and enhance public access and recreational opportunities at parks and historic sites across the state.

  • Victor Hiking Trails Plans for Next Steps

    In September 1991 there was one town park with a few miles of trails that were maintained by the Town of Victor Water Department. Thanks to the hard work of many, there are now more than 55 miles of maintained, non-motorized trails throughout the town and village.

  • Prepare Roads for Walkers, Bicyclists

    The recent article, “Road still takes grim toll,” Feb. 21, demonstrates “car-centric” thinking that prioritizes the convenience of motor vehicle transportation over our collective safety, quality of life and health.

  • 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.