Governor Presents Controversial Plan To Re-Open State Parks

September 27, 2013 Updated May 24, 2010 at 9:59 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

September 27, 2013 Updated May 24, 2010 at 9:59 PM EDT

ALBANY, NY ( WKBW ) Governor David Paterson sent a bill to the legislature Monday that would provide the funds needed to keep New York State Parks and historic sites open until next year.

This plan reverses his earlier decision, and if passed would re-open more than 40 state parks by using $6 million from The Environmental Protection Fund.

While many lawmakers want to see the parks re-open, they're unhappy about what else is included in the bill. Along with using $6 million from the EPF, the bill includes slashing the amount of money deposited into the fund from real estate transfer tax revenues by $67 million. In addition, it calls to reduce nearly all the program funding for the EPF.

"This plan is nothing more than stealing from Peter to pay Paul," said Western New York Program Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment Brian Smith, "The Environmental Protection Fund has already been proposed to be decimated with cuts and further cuts would be detrimental to our environment and economy."

Despite opposition, some of our local lawmakers believe the bill will pass by Memorial Day.

Eyewitness News will continue to monitor the latest from Albany on the plan for the parks.