LAKE PLACID — New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Commissioner Erik Kulleseid traveled to Lake Placid on Monday to highlight details of the New York State’s fiscal year 2023 budget. the state.
Kulleseid, who has served as commissioner of the OPRHP since 2019, gave a more than 20-minute overview of the state’s new budget at the Lake Placid Conference Center, highlighting some investments specific to the North Country and Olympic facilities in the region.
The presentation was jointly organized by the Regional Sustainable Tourism Office and the National Olympic Regional Development Authority. ROOST CEO Jim McKenna, who introduced Kulleseid, extolled the OPRHP’s role in modernizing the two historic sites in Adirondack Park – both located in Essex County – for which Kulleseid’s office is responsible: Crown Point State Historic Site and John Brown Farm.
McKenna told Kulleseid that ORDA and other state agencies in the region have upgraded their facilities. “significantly,” and he asked Kulleseid if improvements might be possible at the two historic sites in Essex County.
“Do you think we will see this at these Essex County facilities in the future, Commissioner?” McKenna asked Kulleseid.
“We invest as quickly as possible” The goldsmiths responded.
Kulleseid celebrated the $221 billion budget for 2023 as a budget “to make investments”. Despite the projected increase in spending over last year — more than $8 billion more spending in the new fiscal year than in last year’s $212 billion budget — Kulleseid said the The governor and state legislature saw an opportunity for an increase thanks to an influx of pandemic-related federal spending from aid and higher-than-expected tax revenues during the pandemic.
“This money is not wasted” he said. “It’s a budget that talks a lot about investments — investments in environmental infrastructure, social infrastructure, medical infrastructure, recreational infrastructure — to kind of take care of a lot of these things that New York wants to invest in. for a long time, and did not have the chance to do so, and we are enjoying this year.
Kulleseid highlighted middle-class tax cuts for about 86,000 taxpayers in the north of the country, partly allocated to homeowners and partly to tax breaks. He also discussed investing the budget in fuel cost relief, schools and child care programs, the state’s downtown revitalization initiative, COVID-relief funds. 19, SUNY and CUNY schools, affordable housing and new businesses.
Kulleseid mentioned the $105 million capital funding budget for ORDA, which includes improvements to ORDA’s Olympic facilities.
He also spent time detailing the state budget’s climate investments, including a proposed $4.2 billion environmental bond bill that will go to voters in November. The budget also provides a record $4 billion for the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.
A minute of silence
Kulleseid paused for a few minutes in his presentation and asked for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.
“This kind of aggression and hatred against our fellow New Yorkers – it’s just horrifying,” he said. “The Governor is horrified, we are all horrified.”