Thursday, October 9, 2008

Funding Issues

The State of New York approved public Funding to various communities in support of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebration. There has been a little confusion with regard to clear direction. The following letter was issued by the Tourism Professionals along the Hudson Valley. All concerned parties are encouarged to contact their various public representatives in Albany.

October 6, 2008

Hon. David A. Paterson
Executive Chambers
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Paterson:

The ten county Hudson Valley I LOVE NEW YORK region were initially shocked, and are now outraged to find that the state has switched horses in midstream and will now make the $45,000 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial grants to the counties reimbursable instead of direct grants. Our counties and communities have been planning for the Quad for over two years and these events need an infusion of funds to sustain their efforts.

Tara Sullivan, the Quad’s Director, had promised us that these funds would be available to us with a check written to our counties, not as a delayed reimbursement program. Lacking these immediate funds, many of our events will not be able to get off the drawing board. Waiting for money from the state after the Quad has happened is not an option here.

We hope that you will seriously consider providing each of the Quad counties with a check for $45,000 so that we can make sure that this event is the economic driver for communities as promised. New York State got us on the bandwagon for the Quad, now let’s see it through.

Michele Vennard, Albany
Ann Cooper, Columbia
Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess
Daniella Marino, Greene
Susan Cayea, Orange
Val Hickman, Putnam
Christine Chesley, Rensselaer
Heather Duke, Rockland
Rick Remsnyder, Ulster
Kim Sinistore, Westchester

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