The agreement will also generate $4 million in new revenues to support the EPF, including increased penalties for violations of environmental laws and hazardous waste generation fees.
"These are tough times and many families are still struggling to make ends meet and can't afford lavish vacations," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. "Our parks give them the opportunity to stay close to home and enjoy all that our state has to offer. It is time to resolve this issue immediately and give the people of New York State their parks back."
"The people of New York have spoken loud and clear -- they don't want their parks to close. With the sound source of revenue they provide, parks improve our economy with 5-to-1 return on investment to the state and improve the quality of life through affordable recreational activities," said Senator Jose Serrano, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation. "I am proud to deliver a solution to keeping parks open in time for the Memorial Day weekend."