Joe Robach’s office would like New Yorkers to know about the Empire Passport.  The passport will provide all season enjoyment to park visitors through unlimited day-use vehicle entries to New York’s State parks and recreational facilities.  Joe Robach and his office know that state parks have so much to offer, and the Empire Passport is a great and inexpensive way for New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors to explore our parks all year round.

The Empire Passport comes in the form of a decal and is valid for one year beginning April 1, 2013 and ending March 31, 2014. The Empire Passport normally sells for $65.  This year, participating in its second ever Cyber Monday promotion, OPRHR sold 22,636 Empire Passports at the discounted rate of $40 on Monday, November 26th, Cyber Monday. The 2012 one day Empire Passport sales numbers reflect a 5000% increase from Cyber Monday 2011 numbers and amounted to $905,440 in revenue.

The 22,636 Empire Passport one day sales number accounts for 27% of all Empire Passports sold in 2011. Last year, 443 Empire Passports were sold on Cyber Monday when parks offered the passports at the regular price of $65 but included a free $25 camping gift card.

The Empire Passport remains available at the regular price ($65) and makes a great holiday gift. Visit for more information on how to purchase a Passport. To ensure delivery by Christmas, please order by Dec. 10. Gift Cards for camping and golf are also available. Visit for more information.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 58 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit  Those interested can also contact the office of Joe Robach.