From the NY Post:
The Obama administration is warning of disastrous repercussions if Gov. Paterson goes ahead with his hard-times plan to close or cut services at scores of state parks.
In a strongly worded letter to the governor, Dennis Reidenbach, the National Park Service's Northeast regional chief, said the plans risked $3.4 million in federal aid and could jeopardize the state's chances for future park funding.
Moreover, the feds could claim rights to any park property closed to the public after being acquired through a federal parks program.
"The purpose of this letter is to alert you that any closure of any state park or historic site that has received [Land and Water Conservation Fund] and/or [Federal Lands to Parks] assistance would be viewed by the [park service] as being in noncompliance," Reidenbach wrote in the March 31 missive.
The letter was drawn up at the request of Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-Ulster), who has called on Paterson to reverse his park plans.
Paterson proposed closing or cutting services at as many as 79 parks and historic sites to save $11.2 million in a bid to help close an estimated $9.2 billion budget gap.
Paterson says he must proceed with the closures in the absence of an overall budget deal.