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Governor Hochul signs legislation to increase access to State Parks and support tourism

Published on July 08, 2024

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ALBANY, NY- Governor Kathy Hochul signed a series of measures Friday to increase access to State Parks, recreational facilities and historic sites, and to support the tourism industry in New York.

The first legislation will increase access to New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation sites by prohibiting the mandated use of credit cards as a means of payment for use of its facilities, the Governor’s Office said.

In addition, Hochul also signed legislation to extend the authorization for certain operators of leased personal watercrafts to be exempt from the boating safety certificate, which will support the tourism businesses that lease these vehicles to those vacationing at New York’s waterfronts.

“Our State Parks are an important driver behind our state’s economy, and my administration is committed to ensuring everyone has access to our breathtaking sites and to boosting the tourism industry,” Governor Hochul said.

“These acts of legislation will make sure that New Yorkers and our visitors can see and experience all that New York has to offer.”

According to the Governor's Office, many New Yorkers, including seniors, unbanked or under-banked individuals, minors, and others use only cash.

While credit cards offer convenience, not everyone has access to them. Legislation S.5423/A.4853 removes this potential barrier, ensuring equal access to New York's State parks, historical sites, and recreational facilities we all cherish.

"By still accepting cash at these state facilities, New York will continue supporting the inclusive enjoyment of our state's treasures," the Governor's Office said. 

Furthermore, legislation S.9250/A.10333 extends the exemption for certain operators of personal watercraft from the boating safety requirement.

"Extending this exemption prevents detrimental impacts to the tourism industry who lease these vehicles to those vacationing in relevant waterfront areas in New York," the Governor's Office concluded.

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