Ball: Albany Insiders Hold Hostage Our Parks and Historic Sites
Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) announced that he voted against legislation to increase taxes, fine, and fees on the state’s businesses and consumers. The bill, which was composed as part of a backroom deal by Sheldon Silver’s group of insiders to hold hostage our state’s parks, also raids the Environmental Protection Fund.
“This Governor should be ashamed for holding these treasures hostage in a time when needy families need these parks the most,” Ball said. “Tonight I voted against the fee increases, not against opening the parks. Sure, I’m glad the parks are now open, but I am upset it took this long and I am truly disappointed that they are increasing taxes and fees by $14 million to do so. $14 million dollars in new fees to fill in an $11 million hole? Only in Albany, the land that commonsense forgot.”
During his legislative career, Ball has been an advocate for expanding park access. His efforts include legislation to grant free access to state parks, recreational facilities and historic sites for one year, as well as a bill to expand kayaking to the reservoirs.