"They are doing an excellence job," said McEneny of the orgainzers.
He specifically mentioned the group placing signs along the parade route during the Saturday, March 13, St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Albany.
McEneny and Englebright met with Carol Ash, commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation, on Monday, March 15, to make their case to keep parks open.
"I'd be disappointed in myself if I can't get Thacher Park open," said McEneny.
McEneny said that depending on whether the state decides to use money from the environmental protection fund, keeping the parks open would cost between $6 and $12 million, an amount that it would easily make up for through tourist dollars.
He also called the state's proposal "terribly shortsighted." He said removing the park's personnel and prohibiting law-abiding citizens from using the park will invite undesirable activity in the park, such as graffiti on the Helderberg Escarpment.