- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Campers flocked to New York State Parks in record numbers for the fifth year in a row this year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that campsites, cabins and cottages at state parks were occupied for more than 633,000 nights through Columbus Day, setting a new record.

The highest numbers of campers were at Wellesley Island in the Thousand Islands, with nearly 31,000, and Letchworth State Park in western New York with nearly 27,000.

The Democratic governor’s administration says state park camping occupancy has climbed nearly 17 percent since Cuomo took office, rising every year from 542,000 overnight stays in 2011.

Cuomo’s “NY Parks 2020” plan is committed to investing about $900 million in private and public funding in state parks from 2011 to 2020.

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