Senate Approves Reopening of State Parks

September 27, 2013 Updated May 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM EDT

By John Borsa

September 27, 2013 Updated May 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- EWN Reporter John Borsa has just returned from Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg, N.Y. where workers are already cutting the grass and sprucing up for the holiday weekend. The New York State Senate approved a bill Friday afternoon to reopen shuttered state parks and historic sites, including Knox Farm and Woodlawn Beach in Western New York.

In all, 55 state parks and historic sites were close a little more than a week ago due to the ongoing budget crisis in Albany.

New York has been without a budget for eight weeks.

The Senate vote to reopen the parks was 32-27. No Republican senators voted in favor of the bill.

The Assembly approved a similar measure during the overnight.

The measure will use $6 million from the state's Environmental Protection Fund to reopen the parks.

The bill also creates an E-Waste Recycling Program, in which electronics manufacturers would pay fees to the state.

Watch Eyewitness News for the latest on the New York State Budget Crisis.