NYS Budget recap
On Friday, March 30, Governor Cuomo and members of the State Legislature came to an agreement and passed the 2019-20 Final Enacted Budget. We are proud to report that our advocacy efforts were successful, and the budget includes $1 million for the Park & Trail Partnership Program, a grant program Parks & Trails New York administers in partnership with State Parks. Additional budget highlights include $110 million in critical funding for capital projects for the New York State park system and $300 million for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The EPF also includes another $1 million for the Connect Kids to Parks program that reimburses transportation costs for school children visiting state parks, historic sites and other environmental education facilities.
Of the $110 million parks capital infusion, $20 million will go to complete Phase 2 of the Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn. This new 407-acre park will be the largest state park in New York City and will include 3.5 miles of trails, increasing access to open space and recreation opportunities for healthier, greener communities.