Higher fees go into effect at state parks

A fee increase at New York state parks and beaches went into effect Saturday, infuriating some local residents.

"It's a disgrace," says Vincent Alongi, of West Islip. "The government is just doing a number on the taxpayer."

Visitors to Robert Moses State Park and Jones Beach will now be paying $8 for parking, up from $6. Starting Memorial Day, the price will be $10.

State officials say they were forced to increase the fees to prevent closing parks or reducing services. They are urging parkgoers to get the $65 Empire Passport season pass, which allows admission to most state parks.

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