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Governor vs. governor in Adirondack Challenge

July 18, 2014
By the Lake Placid News staff and The Associated Press

INDIAN LAKE - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will go head to head this weekend during the Adirondack Challenge rafting race.

Details were released on Friday about the second annual challenge, to be held Saturday and Sunday near Indian Lake. Cuomo will participate in whitewater rafting on Sunday along with his girlfriend, Sandra Lee, and his daughters.

It's Cuomo's second Adirondack Challenge, plus an Adirondack Winter Challenge held this March in and around Lake Placid. Last year's summer competition saw Cuomo's team beat a raft captained by Michael Bloomberg, then mayor of New York City.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo helps a fellow rafter onto shore after a river trip during the first Adirondack Challenge in July 2013.
(Photo — Mike Lynch)

The competition may be tougher this year. Shumlin, a Democrat, enjoys running, hiking, skiing, fishing and hunting, according to his state website.

The other rafting teams in this year's event include Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is captain of the state Assembly Democratic Conference raft; Sen. Betty Little of Queensbury, captain of the state Senate Republican Conference raft; Jeff Klein, captain of the state Senate Independent Democratic Conference raft; Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, captain of the city of Albany raft; and officials from western New York.

Other notable attendees include Winter Olympians Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake and Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, North Country Assemblyman Dan Stec of Queensbury, Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas of Jay, Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Billy Jones of Chateaugay, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens, Clarkson University President Tony Collins, state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey, SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling and state Adirondack Park Agency Chairwoman Lani Ulrich. About six state senators and a dozen Assembly members are also signed up.

Later in the day there will be opportunities for the governor's guests to go golfing, hiking, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking and motorcycle riding. A Taste NY reception will also be held. Taste NY is the governor's program to raise awareness about New York food and beverage makers.

"The Adirondack Challenge is about highlighting the beauty and recreational opportunities available to visitors of the region, and New York's second annual challenge will showcase everything the Adirondack's has to offer like never before," Cuomo said in a press release. "Last year we set the bar high with a challenge that drew a variety of tourism industry representatives, business leaders, and elected officials, and this year we are going even further."



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