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Veteran’s Memorial Highway, Whiteface peak to be renovated

Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston and New York State Assemblyman San Stec speak at the Nov. 20 announcement of funding for the Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway.

Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston and New York State Assemblyman San Stec speak at the Nov. 20 announcement of funding for the Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said that he is always pleased when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visits the area.

Preston added that he felt Cuomo’s visit Nov. 20 was made even more special, “when he comes with $12 million for you.”

That is the amount the state will use to fund repairs to the Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway, Castle and Summit Building.

“The highway has been a concern of mine ever since I took office,” Preston said. “I can’t tell you what this means to Wilmington and to the region. This will preserve a treasure in the North Country for years to come.”

“The Veteran’s Highway has been in a bad state of repair for a very long period of time,” Cuomo said in making the announcement at the Lake Placid Conference Center. “It is a great tourism attraction but it needs a lot of work. As a monument to our veterans, it should be in top flight shape."

“Whiteface Mountain is a special place within the state of New York,” ORDA Chair Pat Bennett said. “It is our responsibility to keep these assets in good shape and Gov. Cuomo recognizes the importance of these ski areas to the economy of the North Country. This will enhance our efforts to make Whiteface Mountain a destination in the state and make our North Country economy more viable.”

“The highway is just the most gorgeous spot in the world,” Sen. Bettly Little said. “Gov. Cuomo knows how important tourism in to all of us here and it is wonderful that they would make this kind of investment here.”

“This is the product of allowing our own communities and region to pave their own roads to economic success,” Assemblyman Dan Stec said.

“I am so thrilled the state is stepping up to fund these repairs,” Jay Supervisor and Essex County Chairman Randy Douglas said.

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