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The Campground Owners of New York (CONY) association intends to encourage state officials to enforce health regulations with regard to large retail stores like Wal-Mart that allow RVers to stay overnight in their parking lots.
“We are going to be addressing that issue with our state health department,” said Executive Director Robert Klos following CONY’s 41st Annual Conference and Trade Show, Oct. 21-24, at Lake Placid Hilton Resort and Conference Center. “It’s been a particular problem in the northern part of the state, up around the Quebec border. Owners at the membership meeting asked us to help.”
Regulations requiring retailers to meet certain health requirements in order to host units on their grounds have been in place since 2001, according to Klos. “Enforcement has been spotty,” he added.  “We will urge the health department to cite them when they are in violation.”
Some 192 people representing 64 campgrounds attended the conference, which included a boat tour of Lake Placid in addition to seminars on new technology for campgrounds, establishing budgets, valuating campgrounds and creating profit centers other than camping fees.
Klos said it was also decided during the convention that CONY will seek changes in the New York eviction law to make it clear that mobile homes and RVs are not the same. 
“Some jurisdictions are treating RVs like mobile homes and they are entirely different,” Klos said.
CONY’s board of directors also voted to become the seventh member of the Northeast Campground Association (NCA), which sponsors the annual Northeast Conference on Camping each March in Sturbridge, Mass., featuring seminars on campground management and a trade show.
Officers elected for 2005 were President Janine Padock, Deer River Campsite, Malone, N.Y.; 1st Vice President Bill Perry, Chautauqua Heights Camping Resort, Dewittville; 2nd Vice President Diane Keil, Country Roads Campground, Gilboa; 3rd Vice President John Tomasy, Lawrence View RV Park, Clayton; Secretary Chris Cove, Oakland Valley Campground, Cuddebackville; and Treasurer Donald G. Bennett Jr., Conesus Lake Campground, Conesus.
At the convention Klos, who will step down in December 2005 after 30 years with the association, was inducted into the CONY Hall of Fame.