Assemblywoman Woerner’s Legislation Helps Strengthen Snowmobile Trails Across New York State

June 20, 2017

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D,I -Round Lake) announced that legislation she co-authored with state Senator Betty Little to help fund new snowmobile trails and maintain current trails passed both the Assembly and Senate. This legislation will support the state’s snowmobile trail system by directing increased revenues to from fines for operating a snowmobile without a registration and/or failing to renew a registration A.1584-C/S.4542-B.

“The popularity of snowmobiling in this region and across Upstate New York continues to grow,” Woerner said. “Thousands of snowmobilers enjoy our trail system every year, and it’s a huge economic driver, contributing nearly $900 million to our economy. This legislation encourages up-to-date snowmobile registration and investment in our trails.”

For her vocal advocacy of issues prioritized by snowmobilers, Woerner was named the 2017 Legislator of the Year by the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA). NYSSA is one of the largest snowmobiling associations in the world, and it connects all 229 snowmobile clubs in New York. NYSSA volunteers are critical in maintaining the public snowmobile trail system.

“This fund is the source of reimbursement to the snowmobile clubs for just part of the cost of maintaining the state’s vast snowmobile trail system and supports trails on NYS Parks and Department of Environmental Conservation lands,” said Dominic Jacangelo, executive director of NYSSA. “Most importantly, this bill also increases the amount of state aid allocated to municipalities for snowmobile law enforcement purposes.”