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WATKINS GLEN, NY (WENY) - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed want the Finger Lakes Region to be named a National Heritage Area.

Gillibrand has introduced legislation that would authorize the National Parks Service to take the first step towards designating the region as a National Heritage area. That first step would be to conduct a feasibility study in Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates counties.

Reed and Gillibrand say the designation would help boost local tourism and conserve and protect the region's natural, historic, and cultural resources. 

“Protecting our natural resources for generations to come is an important initiative of mine. I appreciate conserving the natural beauty of what’s right here in our backyard. Finding a common sense approach to preserving our heritage and growing our local economy is vital and the Finger Lakes region should be designated as a National Heritage Area,” says Congressman Reed.

Tourism in the region's 14 counties was a $2.9 billion business in 2015, according to the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. It employs more than 59,000 people.

“Thousands of tourists come from around the world to visit the Finger Lakes region to experience the beautiful landscape, rich history, and culture, and enjoy all that our local businesses have to offer," says Senator Gillibrand. "Designating the region a National Heritage Area would help boost local tourism while conserving and protecting the region’s previous natural, historic and cultural resources.”

NHAs are a grassroots, community-driven approach to heritage conservation and economic development.

I'm essentially awe struck (in a BAD WAY) he could think this is a good idea  The red tape involved on this is going to be a nightmare for the Southern Tier. 
It will essentially prevent natural gas or pipeline work in the region. call and say no!  607-654-7566

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