We can run the parks, legislator candidate says
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 1:48 pm

To the Editor:

Gov. Paterson has threatened to keep 55 state parks and historic sites closed in 2010, saving an estimated $11 million. That means that we taxpayers pay an average of $200,000 to run each park. That’s astonishing! A better solution is to allow each county in New York State to run those parks, or allow private operators to bid on running them.

I’ll bet that we can operate those parks, turn a small profit and still save the state that $11 million. And if we only broke even, that $11 million would still have been saved, we could enjoy our state parks, and people would have been able to work for the season.

The mentality in Albany is that if the state can’t do it, then no one can. Well, it’s about time that they learned that they don’t need to do everything for us and that private entities can not only perform just as well, but probably even better -- actually making money instead of spending it.

Dan Parker, Candidate St. Lawrence County Legislator District 11