(WXXI) Governor Cuomo says he wants to start a legacy project in New York that our children, and our children's children would enjoy.
Speaking in Westchester County during his 4th State of the State Address, Cuomo said he wants to complete the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Erie Canalways trails by the year 2020, creating the Empire State Trail.
"We want to build the largest, state multi-use trail in the nation. The Empire State Trail," he said.
Cuomo says the state would develop 350 miles of new trail, to complete a 750-mile pathway from Manhattan to the North Country, and from Albany to Buffalo, in three phases.
He says this proposed trail could change the economy for the the Erie Canal corridor and the Hudson Valley.
Cuomo says the total cost of the trail is $200 million dollars.
Parks and Trails New York applauds the Governor's proposal, saying in a statement that the multi-use trail would secure New York's place as a national and international destination for outdoor recreation and heritage tourism.