State Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia said the February rules establishing no-smoking areas at various parks isn’t supported by any policy set by the Legislature.
The fickle weather all summer impacted attendance numbers, state officials said.
The New York State Parks system is adding 36 new officers to the ranks of its force, which is responsible for safety at 179 parks and 35 historic sites.
Smoking will be forbidden at more New York State parks this summer.
The island’s state beaches and inland parks, including Jones Beach, sustained almost $100 million in damage from the October storm, according to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The state Environmental Protection Department says visits have tripled since 1980, to a record 18.8 million people in fiscal 2010. It’s up 2 million since 2007.