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Town isn’t wrong to stick it to ORDA, but agency isn’t that bad

June 12, 2014

A healthy kind of battle is brewing between the North Elba Town Council and the New York state Olympic Regional Development Authority....

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Jun-14-14 7:50 AM

I think recommending the Town stick it to ORDA is the wrong attitude to promote. The Town needs ORDA and ORDA needs the Town. Neither can fully succeed without the other. Thus the issue is not how to "stick it" to the other, but how to enhance cooperation and take a collaborative approach to achieving common goals.

Our venues may be in far better shape than most Olympic communities many of them no longer meet international FIS standards for training and competitions, which with the jumps means being available year round. The consequence is we have been losing coaches, athletes and sports NGOs to other communities. ORDA cannot solve that problem alone. While they have a real responsibility to the community, they are a state agency and get budgeted a certain amount of funds, which have been diminishing over the years. They can't lobby for funds, but we can and should.

We need to increase cooperation and reduce animosity, which Joe Lamb and Andy Lack have a reputation for do

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