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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Cuomo outdoor plan would increase recreation access

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  • ALBANY | Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled proposals Friday that would increase outdoor recreation access at 50 sites statewide, including some in Schuyler and Steuben counties.
    The proposals are part of a broader push, launched in Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State address, to increase access for hiking, hunting and fishing across the state, with the aim of boosting outdoor tourism.
    A press release from the governor’s office said the proposals would boost access to approximately 380,000 acres of “untapped” state-owned land.
    Local project proposals include:
    • New information kiosks and pull-off areas for an “Educational Auto Tour” at Birdseye Hollow and Moss Hill state forests in Bradford.
    • Installation of a new concrete boat ramp and docks for fishing access at the Sanford Lake Recreational Area in Bradford.
    • Installation of new information kiosks and new docks with kayak ramps at fishing access sites on Cayuta Lake in Catharine and Waneta-Lamoka Lake in Tyrone.
    "Expanding access to more of the beautiful lands that New York has to offer will open recreational opportunities that for too long have not been available to our residents and tourists," Cuomo said. "These projects will enrich the outdoor activity offerings, improve the quality of life in our communities, and position New York State as a recreation destination."

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