In The News


  • April, 2017

  • 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.

  • Trail system could bring more bicycle tourists to region

    Post Star

    Lake George, Saratoga Springs and Fort Ticonderoga will be stops on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed “Empire State Trail,” a statewide system of bicycle and walking trails. Tourism officials and trail advocates say the proposed 750-mile trail system, about half of which already exists, will expand an already robust bicycle touring economy in the region.

  • Grassroots groups for NY state parks raised $9M in a year

    Times Herald Record

    A new report shows grassroots groups supporting New York state parks raise millions of dollars a year. The report on non-profit "friends" organizations that support state parks and historic sites says the groups raised $9 million in 2015. The report from Parks & Trails New York also found that the groups donated 10,000 volunteer hours.

  • Governor Wants to Make New York a Hiking and Cycling Paradise

    Skift Travel News

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination.

  • New York eyes largest state-run trail in U.S.

    Press Connects

    New York wants to have the largest state-run, multi-use trail in the nation by 2020. The trail would be 750 miles when it is completed, running from New York City to the North Country and from Albany to Buffalo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.