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Legislation would create the Empire State Baseball Trails Program for Minor League Teams.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) has joined Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes of Buffalo, home of the Buffalo Bisons, to help promote our national pastime through the Empire State Baseball Trails Program, an initiative to increase awareness and economic activity by promoting New York State’s 13 Minor League and Independent Baseball Teams. Malliotakis, whose communities are home to two minor league baseball teams, the Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees, believes the trails will help promote tourism and increase ticket sales at minor league parks across the state. Legislation to establish the program passed in both houses and has now been sent to Gov. Cuomo for consideration.
“This program would be a home run when it comes to promoting the state’s impressive minor league baseball teams and other countless local attractions,” said Malliotakis. “The program will not only provide a tremendous boost for minor league teams by helping them attract fans and sell tickets, it will also stimulate the local economy and tourism industry. Minor league games provide families the thrills of a big league game in a more intimate setting without the big league cost. I am confident the establishment of an Empire State Baseball Trails Program will help the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees, as well as our local communities.
Along with New York City’s two Major League Baseball teams, the Yankees and Mets, the state also boasts the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Additionally, the state is home to thirteen minor league or independent league teams, including the Auburn Doubledays, Batavia Muckdogs, Binghamton Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Buffalo Bisons, Jamestown Jammers, Long Island Ducks, Oneonta Tigers, Rochester Red Wings, Staten Island Yankees, Syracuse Chiefs, Troy Valley Cats and the Hudson Valley Renegades.
One of the most important things we have done this year took place today with the passage of legislation to combat the heroin, opioid and prescription drug abuse crisis our State has been struggling with. Repeated tragedies in our community prove this epidemic spans far beyond isolated cases of the rich and famous. This package of 11 bills takes the necessary steps to stem the crisis from all sides; greater funding for law enforcement, an increase in support for medical treatment for addicts, a prominent awareness and education campaign, and stiffer penalties for those dealing illicit drugs. Together we can tackle this epidemic and save lives and today’s actions are a major part of that effort.