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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.

— ”For good times or bad times, nobody comes together like the people in this state,” Cuomo said.

Like the dam opening on Abanakee Lake, the Adirondack Challenge was seen by many as providing a “bubble” of sorts. In all likelihood, this event, if joined with other similar efforts on the part of state and county governments, will increase tourism and possibly have an effect on improving the economy and adding jobs in the long term. It is certainly true that efforts at levels above the individual towns may provide the bubble of water to float upon, but the real Adirondack challenge is up to communities and groups of communities to learn how best to take advantage of the bubble by cooperating and pulling together in guiding the boat that is the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Challenge teams

At 11:56 a.m. Sunday, July 21 — about one hour before the start of the whitewater races on the Indian River — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the teams that would be participating in the 2013 Adirondack Challenge.

“The Adirondack Challenge is designed to highlight all of what the Adirondacks region has to offer to New Yorkers and visitors — and it is also a friendly competition on the beautiful Indian River,” Governor Cuomo said. “Today’s events illustrate firsthand the natural wonders of the Adirondacks. Now, let the competition begin!”

The governor’s own team included Gov. Cuomo, his daughters Cara and Michaela, Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz, and Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights Alphonso David.

The Governor’s Team finished first, followed by the Senate in second place and the Assembly in third.

The following teams participated in the whitewater races:

•Governor’s Team

•Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy’s team

•Senate

•Sen. Betty Little’s Team (including Assemblyman Dan Stec)

•Assembly

•Erie County

•Onondaga County

•Albany County

•Suffolk County

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