- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says investments in the state park system are paying off by giving residents access to expanded recreational opportunities around the state.

The improvements announced by the Democratic governor include new picnic and playground areas, expanded parking, renovated shower facilities, newly built fishing piers and other upgrades at parks around the state.

Niagara Falls State Park, for instance, will get $17 million for improvements at major falls viewing areas.

The current state budget includes $90 million for additional improvements at the state’s 180 parks and 35 historic sites.

Cuomo highlighted the work at the start of the July 4 weekend which is typically one of the busiest times of the year for the state’s recreation system.

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