Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica Ziehm

July 27, 2010

Statement on DEC’s Participation at The New York State Fair

Officials from both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture and Markets announced that DEC will be participating in its full traditional capacity at the 2010 New York State Fair.  Valuing DEC’s presence at the Fair and acknowledging the popularity of the aquarium exhibit, license renewals and its log cabin, the Department of Agriculture and Markets will be using State Fair Enterprise Funds, otherwise known as revenue funds, to cover DEC’s costs associated with creating and staffing their educational and interactive exhibit. 

            New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said, “This is an example of one state agency helping another.  DEC’s exhibits are an integral part of the New York State Fair and always rank as one of the top exhibits by fairgoers.  The Fair just wouldn’t be the same without DEC’s presence and therefore, we are helping them by picking up the associated costs using non-taxpayer dollars that the Fair generates through the sale of tickets, just as it does for other popular exhibits and entertainment.” 

            “We’re very pleased that everyone could come together to work out a solution,” said DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis. “As a result, DEC’s popular exhibits will be on hand again this year for the public to enjoy.”

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