Governor’s Budget: Status Quo for NYSCA Local Assistance, ZBGA, EPF

NYSCA’s funding for local assistance (grants) stays at last year’s level, $31,635,000, in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2012-13 budget.

There are also no cuts in jobs or programs at the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. In fact, the parks department would get $94 million to “address the large backlog of capital rehabilitation and improvement needs in 48 state parks and historic sites and facilities operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority.” Total capital spending for parks would be $110 million more than the parks got for improvements this year.

The Environmental Protection Fund also would be unchanged, at $134 million. The fund pays for historic preservation projects, as well as open space programs.  Parks would be down just 12 jobs, to 1,736, reflecting attrition and the ongoing hiring freeze. Funding to run the parks would dip slightly, about 2.5 percent, to $211.3 million.

Within the Environmental Protection Fund is $9M for the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program.  This program provides critical general operating support, which is not available to living collections institutions through NYSCA.

The governor's budget calls for $3.815 million for Matching Funds (on an aid to localities line) and $2.5 million for the I Love NY marketing program for a total of $6.315 million.