Advocates call for more city parks funding

(AP) - Advocacy groups are calling for a new sourceof revenue to revitalize New York's parks and historic sites, suchas a surcharge on vehicle registrations

NEW YORK - (AP) - Advocacy groups are calling for a new sourceof revenue to revitalize New York's parks and historic sites, suchas a surcharge on vehicle registrations or a deposit on plasticgrocery bags.

A report by the Alliance for New York State Parks and Parks &Trails New York says budget cuts have left the parks systemunderstaffed and needing repairs to deteriorating facilities.

The report calls for restoring the park agency's budget,investing $1 billion over the next decade for repairs, andestablishing a new, dedicated funding stream to ensure the parks'future.

Erik Kriss, budget spokesman for Gov. David Paterson, said morecutbacks can be expected because the state faces a $315 milliondeficit in the current fiscal year and a projected $9 billiondeficit in 2011-12.

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