Gillibrand, Reed Look to Make Finger Lakes a National Heritage Area


New York politicians are looking to designate the Finger Lakes region as a National Heritage Area.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed are scheduled to make the announcement Monday afternoon at the Lakeside Park Pavilion in Watkins Glen.

Gillibrand introduced legislation that would authorize the National Parks Service to take the first step toward designating the region as a National Heritage Area by conducting a feasibility study across 14 counties, including Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Tompkins.

Officials said tourism generates $2.8 billion in the Finger Lakes region and employs over 58,000 people. Designating the region as a National Heritage Area would help boost tourism and conserve and protect the region’s natural, historic and cultural resources.

The Finger Lakes region is home to more than 400 registered historic sites and landmarks, 100 wineries, 300 bed and breakfast facilities, and 650 miles of shoreline.

Reed and Gillibrand will make the announcement on Monday at Lakeside Park and Pavilion in Watkins Glen at 12:10 p.m.

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