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From the Desk of Assemblyman Rob Walker: August 27, 2009

Introduces Legislation to Keep State Parks Adequately Funded

New York State Assemblyman Rob Walker (R, C, I, WF – Hicksville) announced that he has introduced legislation in the Assembly that would address the reduction of State Park Police Officers in New York State parks.

This legislation was deemed necessary after classes being offered by the state to train officers were cancelled amid budget cutbacks earlier this year. The result has been a parks system, which hosts the same number, if not more visitors, and has less security and aides.
“In just this year alone, Long Island has lost 12 officers, which has greatly increased the chance for catastrophe and danger,” said Walker. “To not fill positions after individuals retire or leave for other reasons because the state is not offering classes is irresponsible at best and inexplicable to say the least. I hope Speaker Silver and my colleagues will see the public safety threat the current situation is creating and pass my legislation swiftly.”
Walker introduced his legislation on Aug. 20, where it will be numbered and be sent to the proper committee for review and debate. If passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor, the law will take effect immediately.