continued Logistics, however, could be a problem, as the Lake Abanakee dam releases water to create a “bubble” for rafters to ride down the Indian and Hudson rivers, and the water release only lasts for two hours. The question remains, will that be long enough for this type of competition?
Although the governor hinted that a date was already set, nobody could be reached to explain any details about the competition.
Cuomo made light of the rafting competition during his PowerPoint presentation while giving the speech, showing himself in a white raft with the state seal while handling a motor, plus other notables — including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — in rafts.
“I hope the challenge is accepted, and I hope it is successful,” Cuomo said.
Warren County Tourism Director Kate Johnson said she didn’t have any details about the competition, but she remembered the governor mentioning it when he held a media day in September to show off the Boreas Ponds prior to the state’s imminent acquisition of the former Finch, Pruyn lands.
Adirondack Regional Tourism Council Executive Director Ron Ofner also had no details on the challenge or other parts of the governor’s speech. He referred questions to Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (formerly the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitor Bureau) Executive Director Jim McKenna, who referred questions to the governor’s press office.
While state Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) or her staff didn’t have specifics, she said she would like to compete on Adirondack whitewater.
“I look forward to recruiting a team of colleagues to compete in the Adirondack whitewater rafting challenge!” Little said.
Cuomo is no stranger to the Adirondacks. He recently spent a vacation the Tri-Lakes region around Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. He frequently visits the region with his family, including live-in girlfriend Sandra Lee, the Food Network star.