When visiting Keene on Labor Day, the governor dressed the part with blue jeans and work boots. Although his white governor’s shirt got soaked with rain, it did not get dirty, despite Cuomo’s having carried a single bucket of mud from one end of a yard to the other, just so we could snap a picture of New York’s chief “at work.” We commend one newspaper columnist, a Keene Valley resident, for refusing to take Cuomo’s picture during the bucket shot.
Give him credit. Andrew Cuomo gets things done. From an on-time state budget to a same-sex marriage law, rebuilding roads and bridges after the spring floods, and rebuilding Route 73 from Keene Valley to the Northway after Tropical Storm Irene, people jump when the governor says “jump.”
Experts told Cuomo it would take several months to open Route 73. But did he listen? No.
“I believe we can get one lane open in 10 days,” Cuomo said at the Keene firehouse Sept. 5. “After 10 days, I told the team in Albany, ‘Either wheels are going to roll or heads are going to roll.’”
Now that’s the kind of leadership we need.
And let’s not forget the local officials caught up in the aftermath of Irene. We’ve seen tremendous leadership from people like Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas and their respective town board members and employees. We’ve seen them in action, and we admire their commitment to helping their communities.
The real story on Labor Day weekend was the community spirit of helping those in need. We can’t thank the volunteers enough for raking, and cleaning and shoveling. Some were residents and others were visiting Essex County from all over the state and as far away as California.
While there’s been a lot of progress in the past two weeks, there is much more that needs to be done in this recovery effort.
Lives of many Adirondackers will never be the same after the flooding this year. They’re our neighbors and our friends. Please continue to help make someone’s life a little less hectic this fall.