NYSCA’s funding for local assistance stays at last year’s level, $35,635,000, in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 budget. In his State of the State speech, the Governor mentioned the Path Through History II and a Tourism Summit II. The Executive Budget includes no separate funding for these initiatives.
Within the Environmental Protection Fund is a $100k increase to $10,350,000 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 maintaining the current funding levels for the Tourism Match Grant Program ($3.815M) as well as the I Love NY program ($2.5M). Additionally, as with last year the Governor has proposed $5M for Market NY of which funds will be allocated for regional marketing and promotions. The Welcome Centers in Beekmantown and Binghamton are set to receive $196,000 each under the Governor’s proposal. Lastly, the Governor’s proposal does include $150M in available dollars for the fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Councils.
Click here to view a useful chart which compares the proposed SFY 2014-15 Executive Budget with the SFY 2013-14 Enacted Budget.