Last-minute deal spares state parks from closure

All of New York?s state parks will be open this holiday weekend after lawmakers in Albany agreed on a funding deal yesterday.

Gov. David Paterson?s (D-N.Y.) budget proposal had called for the closing of many of the state?s parks and historic sites to help close the budget deficit. However, the Assembly and state Senate voted to provide funding to keep the 178 parks open for the rest of the year.

Nissequogue River State Park and Brookhaven State Park were two of those slated to be closed.

The deal provides $11 million for the parks and cuts $78 million from the Environmental Protection Fund. Many environmentalists are outraged by the latter part of the deal.

AP wire reports contributed to this story.

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