Highlights from Cuomo's State of State

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The following are a compilation of excerpts from Governor Cuomo's State of State Address for 2018 that directly affect New York State Boating and our membership. 

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Regional Economic Development Projects

  • Reimagine Rochester’s Riverfront

  • Create the photonics-related business attraction fund

  • Bring the New York Islanders home with a world-class arena and redevelopment at Belmont Park

  • Take steps to revitalize Red Hook

  • Redevelop and rebrand Stewart International

  • Complete the new Expo Center to continue the transformation of the New York State fairgrounds

  • Complete the Hudson River SkyWalk

  • Increase year-round tourism for Upstate New York through world class attractions at our mountains and Olympic facilities

  • Bridge the gap in the North Country’s tourism lodging needs

  • Bring the World University Games back to Lake Placid in 2023

  • Create a new 407-acre State Park in Central Brooklyn

Solicit Proposals for Offshore Wind Power   

In 2017, the Governor announced a goal to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. This proposal calls for New York State to procure at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind power between two solicitations to be issued in 2018 and 2019.

Attack Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in New York’s waters

This year, Governor Cuomo will implement a $65 million, 4-point initiative to aggressively combat HABs in Upstate New York by targeting twelve priority lakes that are vulnerable to HABs and are critical sources of drinking water and vital tourism drivers. The State's Water Quality Rapid Response Team, national experts, and local stakeholders will collaboratively develop Action Plans to identify contributing factors fueling HABs, and the State will provide $500,000 per lake to develop immediate action plans to reduce sources of pollution that spark algal blooms. The state will provide nearly $60 million in grant funding to implement the Action Plans, including new monitoring and treatment technologies. This comprehensive program will continue New York's national leadership in responding to the threat of harmful algal blooms and establish a national model for protecting our natural resources.  

Launch Resiliency NY

Cuomo proposes to develop a comprehensive program to adapt to and prepare for extreme weather. He will direct the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to issue resiliency guidelines modeled after a federal order that was revoked and further require that state funding for infrastructure projects consider these resiliency criteria.  

Additionally, the Department of State (DOS) will recommend changes to the State Fire Prevention and Building Code that will increase climate resiliency, and the DEC will update and improve its maps of wetlands and coastal risk areas.  

Finally, the State will provide financial support for state-of-the-art local resiliency plans to create a pipeline of projects to increase the flood resiliency of our communities by protecting streams, coasts and critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, transit systems, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure, dams, culverts and levees, as well as homes and small businesses.  Interagency response teams will also conduct at least 40 emergency flood response trainings in communities across New York annually.   

Build on the success of the NY Parks 2020 State parks transformation

New York will continue to make significant investments in parks.  These investments include restoring the Boardwalk Café at Jones Beach State Park; constructing the new and first vacation cabins and cottages on Long Island at Heckscher and Wildwood State parks; completing the $70 million revitalization of Niagara Falls State Park; constructing a Green Lakes State Park Environmental Education Center as part of the $16.9 million transformation of Central New York’s most-visited State Park; building a Minnewaska State Park Visitor Center; opening the Major League Baseball Youth Academy on the new and refurbished baseball fields; finishing the gateway transformation at the entrance to the flagship Watkins Glen State Park; opening the completely overhauled Peerless Pool Complex at Saratoga Spa State Park; and debuing the entrance transformation at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Complete the Hudson River Park

The Hudson River Park, encompassing over 500 acres and stretching 4.5 miles along Manhattan's West Side, is the borough's second largest after Central Park. This year, the Governor will work with the City to make the phased and matched investments necessary to finish infrastructure repairs and other important projects.  In addition, the State will continue to facilitate public-private partnerships, while ensuring the Estuary Management Plan is complete and the marine sanctuary is protected.   

Sue the EPA to complete the Hudson River cleanup

From the 1940s through the 1970s, General Electric manufacturing facilities in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward dumped well in excess of one million pounds of hazardous polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) directly into the river, impacting the health and livelihood of communities along the Hudson River ever since, including the decimation of a once-thriving commercial fishery valued at $40 million.

Governor Cuomo, in partnership with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has committed to immediately take steps necessary to sue the EPA if the agency accepts the Upper Hudson River cleanup of PCBs as complete. In light of the overwhelming evidence and data that the remedy is not protective of human health and the environment, EPA’s decision to certify the PCB remedy for the Upper Hudson River as complete is indefensible.