An $800,000 investment through a New York Works project will upgrade and repair Glimmerglass State Park in Otsego County, a media release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

New York Works is designed to reinvent economic development with strategies that will put New Yorkers to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure. The Task Force will help create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing investment in infrastructure projects and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state, the release from the governor's office said.

The $800,000 investment will fund reconstruction of the deteriorated parking area at the swimming beach and picnic area at Glimmerglass State Park. Construction will include "green" elements.

Two local lawmakers applauded the support for Glimmerglass State Park.

"Our parks are one of our state's greatest natural resources and a strong source of tourist dollars," state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, said in the release. "Gov. Cuomo's New York Works program melds job creation with recreation in a way that will greatly enhance our state parks."

Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, said state parks are among the best ways to celebrate the state's diverse and natural beauty.

"Investing in our parks is essential to keeping upstate a tourist destination, especially at a time when many people will be looking for things to do close to home due to the increasing cost of gasoline." Magee said.

Cuomo also announced that $1 million in the NY Works Project would be allocated to Belleayre Mountain Ski Center to support lift maintenance, building maintenance and other infrastructure projects.

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