Some hunters, trappers and fishing enthusiasts may be able to avoid carrying around their permits if the state approves a proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo's State of the State Address on Wednesday included a proposed New York State Adventure License for 2014. The proposal aims to encourage fishing and hunting in the state.
Under the plan, people who buy lifetime hunting and fishing permits, a boating safety certificate or certain lifetime state park passes would be able to have them listed on their driver's licenses, eliminating the need to carry multiple documents.
The program would be optional. People who buy the lifetime sporting licenses or passes could have them added to their driver's licenses when they renew them with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Some local tourism officials and business owners were unsure how the proposal could affect the local fishing or sporting industry.
Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, tourism director at the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, said she had questions about the change.
"I don't have a lot of information at this point, but from what I heard in the State of the State, it seems like a centralized license would be easier for the outdoorsmen. It seems similar to the super sportsman license with added categories. My question is if it is tied to a driver's license, how does an out-of- state outdoorsman get a license?" DaBiere-Gibbs said.
Jim Johnson, owner of Jim's Bait in Mayfield, said he didn't know whether the change would help his bait business.
"The people who fish fish and the people who don't [fish] don't," he said.
Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo's office, pointed out the program has yet to be approved by the state.
The governor also unveiled the free I Love NY tourism smartphone app.
The app includes options to find historic sites, places to stay, state parks, farmer's markets, boating, golf courses and more.
Examples of local sites on the app include the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, the Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park, Johnson Hall in Johnstown, the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in Fonda, the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville and the Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam.
The app also includes options such as Taste NY, which promotes distilleries, wineries and breweries.
The app is available now at the Apple app store and Google Play.
According to a news release from the governor's office, the app was developed in partnership with AT&T.
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