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NYSSA has released a request for proposals for the redesign of this website.

If you are intereseted in bidding on this project, or know someone who might be interested, please use the link below to view the RFP.


Interested parties may respond to this “Request for Proposals” by mail to NYSSA PO Box 1040, Pine Bush, NY 12566 or by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it prior to January 15, 2015.

Action Alert - 3 documents need comments! PDF Print E-mail
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in this month's NY Snowmobiler Online Magazine!

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Remsen Lake Placid Traavel Corridor


Why it's important:
This issue concerns Corridor Trail 7, commonly known as "the tracks". NYSSA is in favor of removing the rails and ties and creating a multi-use, four-season recreational trail on this corridor, which will benefit all New Yorkers.

How to comment: email  or send written comments by mail.
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NYS Travel Corridor
NYS DOT Freight and Passenger Rail Bureau
50 Wolf Road, POD 5-4
Albany NY 12232

Comments due by: December 15, 2014 -- Please don't wait!



Why it's important:
Changes to the APSLMP are made very infrequently.  These sessions are a direct result of the recreational use plan that came out of the classification of the Essex Chain of Lakes tract of  state land.  The vision would result in a reestablished crossing of the Cedar River and allow mountain bikes to be used in the primitive classification of the forest preserve.   This is the first time that the APA has put on the table the opening of the State Land Master Plan in a very long time to consider what would be significant changes to the SLMP.

Points to Make:

  • The prohibition on man made materials for infrastructure construction should be removed.  The prohibition many time results in higher construction costs and shorter useful life of the improvement.  In the case of the Cedar River bridge it will greatly increase cost and result in the construction of a much larger structure.  Each project should be evaluated on its own merit and the materials chosen should be on the basis of useful life impacts including maintenance, durability and safety for users.
  • We should support allowing the use of mountain bikes in primitive use areas.  We are all trail users and should support other trail users in their pursuit of recreation.
  • It is time to eliminate the reference to snowmobile trails having “essentially the character of a footpath.”   No one seems to know just what that means.  Some footpaths have grown to being wider than snowmobile trails.  The state constitution has and will always protect the cutting of trees. This subjective term has resulted in unnecessary lawsuits that comes down to “the eyes of the beholder”.
  • The SLMP needs to protect the environment but it must also recognize the importance of the people who live and must make a livelihood in the Park.  The state law which created the APA and the SLMP calls for this balance.
  • The state has acquired hundreds of thousands of acres to add to the Adirondack Forest Preserve yet the allowed mileage of snowmobile trails has never been increased.  When and if new lands are acquired by the state the mileage of snowmobile trails should be adjusted to allow existing trails to be incorporated into the system and should not be considered in relation to a “material increase” in snowmobile trails.

How to comment:  The APA has two upcoming public listening sessions to be held at the following times and locations:

November 17, 2014 - 11AM-2PM 
NYS DEC Headquarters
625 Broadway              
Albany, New York 12233

November 18 - 5PM-8PM
Town of Webb Union Free School District, School Gym
3002 State Route 28
Old Forge, NY 13420

In addition to the listening sessions, APA will accept email or written comments on APSLMP amendments until December 5, 2014.  Please submit written comments to:

Deputy Director, Planning
Kathy Regan
PO Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
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Comments Due By: December 5, 2014 -- Please don't wait!

Open Space Plan


Why it's important: 
Depending on where you live in the state the plan either does or does not give adequate thought regarding recreational use of state lands.  In most of the upstate regions snowmobile use is recognized and considered.  We suggest that you take a few minutes to look at the section of the plan for the area you are most concerned with and comment accordingly.

Since 1992, the Open Space Conservation Plan has served as the blueprint for the State's Open Space Program, guiding the investment of land protection funds from the Environmental Protection Fund. As required by law, the Plan is updated periodically, relying heavily on the work of the nine Regional Advisory Committees, which have worked with staff from both agencies and the public to produce a draft for public hearings and comments in 2014. Following the public comment period the Plan will be finalized and submitted to Governor Cuomo for approval in 2015.

How to comment: Public comments can be submitted by email or mailed to DEC by December 17:

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Open Space Conservation Plan
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

Comments Due By: December 17, 2014 -- Please don't wait!



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SnowTrails TV to air two New York episodes!

SnowTrails TV shares our passion for snowmobiling. Thirteen weekly episodes
will be aired according to the following schedule.  New York is featured on
Saturday, October 11 and on Saturday, November 22.


NYSSA Receives ISMA Take a Friend Snowmobiling Award PDF Print E-mail

nyssa take a friend check

Above: NYSSA Recognized at the International Snowmobile Congress for Take a Friend Snowmobiling Events. Pictured are President Jim Elmore, Past President Gary Broderick, and Executive Director Dominic Jacangelo, receiving the $5,000 Award check from Ed Klim, President of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association. Photo by Jane Chaddock.

Keystone, CO- The New York State Snowmobile Association was recognized at the International Snowmobile Congress, being held June 10 - 13 in Keystone, CO, for holding two "Take a Friend Snowmobiling" events which raised the visibility of snowmobiling in New York State.

In December of 2013 and March of 2014, NYSSA was pleased to take Governor Andrew Cuomo and many other key State legislators and agency leaders on enjoyable snowmobile rides.

NYSSA partnered with the Governor and his staff on organizing and locating an event. NYSSA provided extra sleds and equipment, thelocal clubs provided a well groomed and marked trails, and the Governor’s office providedinvitations to public officials and the media. Media coverage of the initial event went national and the second event played more in the state as part of the Adirondack Winter Challenge, a celebration of all of NY’s winter sports. This is the first time ever that we were able to get a Governor to actually go out and ride. What we learned is that he really liked it!

The benefits to the sport of snowmobiling in New York, and indeed extending to other Northeast states, are many.

  • The “I [snowmobile] New York” publicity campaign on television, and in print advertising is drawing in brand-new riders who have never tried snowmobiling before.
  • Snowmobile rental businesses in New York and beyond saw an immediate uptick in business.
  • Snowmobilers outside of New York are requesting information about our trails, and presumably planning trips to New York for next season.
  • We’ve noticed a bump in early-season registrations, which may be attributed to sales of new snowmobiles.
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