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Tenney Bill Would Designate FLX as National Heritage Area


Legislation has been introduced to designate the Finger Lakes as a National Heritage Area.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has introduced a bill to the house that would see 14 counties spanning from Onondaga to Livingston designated as an NHA. NHAs are regions established by Congress for their natural, cultural, or historic significance.

Those 14 counties are Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates.

This would also open special federal resources to the area.

Spanning from Cayuga County to Livingston County, the Finger Lakes region boast a wealth of cultural heritage and natural beauty, making it a fitting candidate for designation as a National Heritage Area,” said Congresswoman Tenney. “Securing this designation for the Finger Lakes will promote economic growth through tourism all while ensuring that the region’s rich history and stories are preserved for future generations to come. I am honored to have introduced this bill today and look forward to seeing our region receive the recognition it deserves.”

Congressmen Joe Morelle, Nick Langworthy, and Anthony D’Esposito cosponsored the bill.

Back in August, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

You can read statements from local leaders below:

“The Finger Lakes area is a unique area with an abundance of historical events and locations, the scenic beauty of the area is exceptional and only seeing for yourself can you believe this exists so close to us. There are numerous events in our area from auto racing to historical celebrations. This area would make a great national heritage area,” said Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors Phil Eygnor.

“Cayuga County has a robust history and deserves national recognition for not only its natural beauty but its abundant legacy. From the birthplace of President Millard Fillmore, the homeplace and burial of Harriet Tubman, to the beautiful Cayuga Lake and Owasco Lake situated in the Finger Lakes region, I am thrilled to see steps being taken to deem our home a National Heritage Area,” said Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, David Gould.

“By designating the Finger Lakes as a National Heritage Area, we are working to create jobs and promote economic growth throughout the region. Thank you to Congresswoman Tenney for her steadfast leadership and diligent work advocating for our community in Congress and introducing this important legislation. I am eager to see the Finger Lakes as a National Heritage Area to protect our heritage for generations to come,” said Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors, Todd Campbell.

“Thank you Congresswoman Tenney for advocating on our behalf to promote the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area. Seneca County is rich in history & culture amidst stunning parks & lakes. We have been working hard at promoting our tourism & job-growth and the establishment of the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area will only further promote those & encourage our county’s legacy & culture for our future,” said Chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, Michael Enslow.

“This designation is significant for our area, not only in the funding it could bring but also in the recognition that our Finger Lakes Area is a national treasure,” said Chairwoman of the Yates County Legislature, Leslie Church.

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