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Gov. Cuomo extends swimming at state parks after Hermine

People shown in the shallow water at the

People shown in the shallow water at the beach at Robert Moses State Park on Aug. 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

Long Island swimmers, barred from the water at a number of state parks over Labor Day weekend because of Tropical Storm Hermine, are getting some makeup time.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in a statement on Wednesday, said swimming was extended through September 18. The season usually ends after summer’s last holiday weekend. 

Though Hermine brought New York much less rain over Labor Day than predicted, it likely still cut attendance at state parks during what is often one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Despite that factor, the number of visitors to the state’s parks, historic sites and campgrounds rose slightly to 38.4 million from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Cuomo said. That was an increase of 120,000 visitors over the previous year. 

The extended schedule for swimming appears below:

•Hither Hills State Park: Daily through Sept 18, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
•Jones Beach State Park Field 6: Daily through Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•Jones Beach West Bathhouse Ocean Beach: Sept. 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•Jones Beach Central Mall: Daily through Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sept. 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sept. 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
•Robert Moses State Park: Fields 2 and 5: Daily through Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. 
•Sunken Meadow State Park: Daily through Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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