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Finally, the state smiles on the Adirondacks

Two days later, the towns of Indian Lake, Long Lake, Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson celebrated the land classification decisions made by the Adirondack Park Agency which would allow for snowmobile and hiking trail connectivity between the five towns and chances for economic growth. Cuomo was also at the forefront of this movement, bringing parties on the government, conservation and environmental sides of the issue to the table to come up with a land classification that would be acceptable to all sides.

The state also showed strong support for the passage of Propositions 4 and 5, which both benefit the economy of the Adirondack Park.

These are the most recent examples, but the biggest may still be the Governor’s reaction to the North Country following Tropical Storm Irene. Cuomo was in the North Country two days after the storm cut its way through our region, devastating towns, destroying homes and uprooting families. His message remained constant: “We will rebuild better than before.”

Since, the Cuomo administration has helped to fill the gap for the North Country, securing funding to rebuild both the Keene and Upper Jay Fire Houses and covering the remaining 25 percent in funding for FEMA property buyouts.

We can sit here and hope that if it were any other governor, things would have been the same. But, we never saw David Patterson or Eliot Spitzer in the North Country. George Pataki, now an Essex resident, was the last governor before Cuomo to come to the area with any frequency, but not like this.

Not all of his decisions have found favor here. The SAFE Act is a real bone of contention with a majority of North Country residents, many of whom are dependent upon or are themselves sportsmen. Local political leaders are split on the tax levy cap. Conservative groups find his push for equal marriage rights upsetting.

However, with Andrew Cuomo in office, the state has often smiled upon the people of the North Country and the Adirondacks. As he prepares for what will most likely be a re-election bid as whispers of higher office float around him, we can only hope it remains this way for a long time to come.

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