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Adirondack Council praises Cuomo for signing 'Dark Skies' legislation

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Decmeber 19, 2014

Adirondack Council, an environmental organization, on Thursday praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing the so-called “Dark Skies” legislation, which establishes design specifications for any new lighting fixtures the state purchases, in order to reduce excess ambient light without inhibiting safety.

The legislation will enhance the night-time experience at recreation and cultural attractions such as cross country ski centers and the Adirondack Public Observatory in Tupper Lake, said William Janeway, the group’s executive director.

“The nighttime sky is a premier tourist attraction in the Adirondack Park, he said in a press release.

Dark night skies also are essential to the migration and breeding habits of many wildlife species, Janeway said. Sen. Carl Marcellino, R-Long Island, and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, sponsored the legislation.

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