Bennington battlefield on list of N.Y. park budget cuts

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It’s official: The Bennington Battlefield is on a list of proposed parks and historic sites that could be cut from the state budget.

The announcement, made by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, includes a list of 41 parks and 14 historic sites to be closed outright, with service reductions to be made at 23 parks and one historic site.

Eileen Larrabee, a spokeswoman for the parks office, said that if the cuts are approved, it would save $6 million from the state’s budget. She said the recommendations from the office of parks to Gov. David Paterson’s office also include $4 million in fee increases at the remaining sites.

Closure means different things for different sites, she said, adding that "Every park and every historical site is unique."...

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