Support for Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort
At Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast event on February 3rd, nearly 100 local business owners and residents were called to contact the Governor and other elected officials in support of New York State funding for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Ken Pasternak, managing partner of the Crossroads Ventures and developer of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, outlined the history of the proposed development and emphasized that expansion of the ski center is vital to the project’s future.
The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has called on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to fund the approximate $72 million capital project needed to implement the build out and completion of the Belleayre Ski Center expansion that was approved in December 2015.
The ski center on the Delaware-Ulster county border is one of three owned and managed by the state.
Belleayre Ski Center provides approximately 400 full and part time jobs to area residents and its expansion will create 32 new full time jobs and help to usher in an additional $32 million in visitor spending at businesses throughout the region.
The expansion will also raise significant tax revenue for the state and local communities, which spurred the Delaware County Board of Supervisors to unanimously pass a resolution calling on Cuomo to fund the project in the 2017-18 state budget at its meeting held on January 25th in Delhi.
Please see below an interview with Ray Pucci, President and Executive Director of Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, about Belleayre Ski Center (video produced by VeccBrowne Productions).
5 Easy Steps to Support NYS Funding of Belleayre
Step 1: Sign the petition by Friends of Belleayre. Click here to read and sign!
Step 2: Share the petition on your social media channels.
Step 3: Encourage your friends to sign and share.
Step 4: Send the link to the petition to your customers and others who care about the Catskill Mountains.
Step 5: Call the Governor’s office at 518-474-8390 with the message that you expect the state to fulfill its funding obligations to the Catskills.
Links to Mountain Resources
Here are links to a few of the important documents and sites that will help you become a more informed advocate for our region:
The Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan (UMP)
This is the “blueprint” for the expansion and upgrades to the State-owned ski center. The document was originally written in 2013 and was approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in January 2015.
The Agreement in Principle (AIP)
This compact, prepared in 2007, outlines the parameters for the development of the resort. Signatories include New York State, New York City, Crossroads Ventures (the resort developers), the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, New York Public Interest Research Group, Riverkeeper, National Resources Defense Council, and other environmental groups.
The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park
Learn what the fuss is all about. See drawings of the proposed resort. Read about the 17-year regulatory journey.
NYS Supreme Court Upholds NYSDEC Decision
The NYS Supreme Court recently upheld the DEC Commissioner action in approving the UMP. The 18-page ruling, issued by Justice Christina L. Ryba in Albany, dismissed a challenge filed by the Catskill Heritage Alliance and several adjacent landowners.