HAMBURG, NY ( WKBW ) As legislators return to work in Albany, with no state budget in place, 55 parks and historic sites across New York State have shut down. The State shut down the parks to help close a multi-billion dollar budget gap.
At Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg, barricades are now up. Woodlawn is just one of several local parks forced to close as the state moves on without a budget. In all, 41 parks statewide have now been shuttered. Locally they include Knox Farm, Woodlawn Beach, Long Point, Joseph Davis, and Wilson-Tuscarora.
Eyewitness News cameras caught up with some New York State taxpayers who are not happy about the closures. A visitor to Knox Farm, Jennifer Peirick, said, "My husband and I got married here under one of the trees, so it is a shame that they feel they have to close it."
New York State Governor David Paterson says by closing the parks, it will help cut 12 million dollars in maintenance fees and payroll costs.
Eyewitness News will have the latest on the closures, and the budget battle in Albany.