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Hochul signs laws to boost state park access and tourism across New York

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Governor Kathy Hochul signed new laws to increase access to state parks and support tourism. The first law bans the mandatory use of credit cards at state parks, allowing more people to pay with cash. The second law extends an exemption for personal watercraft operators from boating safety certificates, aiding tourism businesses.

“These laws ensure everyone can enjoy our beautiful parks and support our tourism industry,” Hochul said. The changes are part of her “Get Offline, Get Outside” campaign, encouraging families to enjoy outdoor activities.

State officials praised the legislation, highlighting its benefits for seniors, unbanked individuals, and tourism businesses. The laws aim to make parks and recreational facilities more accessible to all New Yorkers and visitors.