Gillibrand eyes study to establish Finger Lakes as national heritage area

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has launched a legislative effort that aims to designate the Finger Lakes region as a national heritage area.

Gillibrand, D-N.Y., visited Lakeside Park in Watkins Glen Monday to announce her bill that would require the National Park Service to study whether the Finger Lakes should become a national heritage area.

The feasibility study would focus on the region spanning 14 counties, including Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Seneca, Tompkins and Wayne.

Gillibrand called the Finger Lakes “a national treasure.” She believes classifying the region as a national heritage area would draw more visitors to the lake communities.

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