North Creek looks for another seat on ORDA board

Business community wants equal representation for Gore facility

Whiteface Mountain ski area in Wilmington.

Whiteface Mountain ski area in Wilmington. © ORDA/Dave Schmidt

Tony Jordan gets involved

Assemblyman Tony Jordan (R-Jackson), representing the 112th Assembly District, is a North Creek native and the town of Johnsburg attorney. While his district doesn’t include North Creek, he’s interested in making sure that Gore Mountain is adequately represented during and after the Belleayre transition.

“I remember as a kid skiing the big three (Gore, Belleayre and Whiteface), and we’re now reuniting them and want to make sure that it improves the value of the experience at all the facilities, that not one of the facilities is short-changed,” Jordan said.

Jordan is looking at the big picture. He doesn’t just see North Creek, Wilmington, Lake Placid or Pine Hill. He doesn’t just see the Adirondack or the Catskill parks. He sees an economic engine for the Empire State.

“These are major assets for the state of New York,” Jordan said. “Gore, Whiteface and now Belleayre — now within ORDA — they sit within the largest catchment area of potential skiers in the country, and that means tremendous revenues to the state through tourism dollars. It’s in the spirit of making sure we maximize that. ”

Asked if he’d like to see one other ORDA Board member represent Warren County, Jordan said, “I don’t think that’s the only right answer, and I think it’s too early to tell even if any change is necessary at all ... There might be better, more efficient, more flexible ways and more fluid ways of doing it, and that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

The only way to require that two ORDA Board members live in Warren County is through legislation, according to Jordan.

“When you’re a legislator, very often your initial reaction is legislation, and that’s not always the right answer,” Jordan said.

However, if the best way to help Gore is to pass legislation to add a Warren County representative to the ORDA Board, Jordan said he would work with Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) to make that happen.

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