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Gov. Cuomo takes Adirondack Challenge title

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets ready to compete against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Monday, July 22 in the Hamilton County town of Indian Lake during the Adirondack Challenge. Cuomo’s team won the whitewater rafting race against the mayor’s team on the Indian River. The spectacle was covered by media from across the state, including North Country Public Radio reporter Brian Mann, of Saranac Lake, seen here on shore (far right) holding a digital recorder. Cuomo’s team also won the Adirondack Challenge race on July 21.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets ready to compete against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Monday, July 22 in the Hamilton County town of Indian Lake during the Adirondack Challenge. Cuomo’s team won the whitewater rafting race against the mayor’s team on the Indian River. The spectacle was covered by media from across the state, including North Country Public Radio reporter Brian Mann, of Saranac Lake, seen here on shore (far right) holding a digital recorder. Cuomo’s team also won the Adirondack Challenge race on July 21. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— On Monday morning, CBS Morning News was giving the event, the Adirondacks and the governor national broadcast coverage that included a mention of the town of Indian Lake.

State Sen. Betty Little was very pleased with Cuomo’s efforts.

“I will be the first to admit that when I first heard of the idea, I thought that the governor was joking, but it was no joke,” Little said. “The governor follows through on what he says he will do.”

Little went on to describe the governor as the No. 1 fan of the Adirondacks.

“He understands the need for help to turn the Adirondacks around,” Little said. “What do you think this level of publicity would cost? It just does not get any better than this.”

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Farber showed the governor around Indian Lake over the weekend, accompanying him to the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department barbecue on Saturday, July 20. During the award ceremony at Gore on July 21, Farber called for more Adirondack Challenges in the future with activities such as mountain biking and fishing.

“We need to find more opportunities to link our counties together,” Farber said.

Regarding a spirit of cooperation that leads to the success of the region and all its parts, Farber noted that the Adirondack Challenge was held in three counties: rafts launched in Indian Lake in Hamilton County, the rafts pulled out of the Indian River in Minerva in Essex County, and the award ceremonies in North Creek in Warren County.

Cuomo also spent some time July 20 fishing on Follensby Pond with Nature Conservancy officials and touring the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake with Director David Kahn.

During his closing remarks at the July 21 awards ceremony, Cuomo also touched on a theme of cooperation and pulling together when discussing the well-known economic needs of the counties and small towns of the Adirondack region.

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