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July 20, 2013

'Whitewater game on, Governor'


He admitted that “scouting reports” indicate the city contingent has had some training for its whitewater entrance.

And officials from Herkimer County presented the governor with pastry on a recent visit — in an attempt to add weight to his raft.

“Winning isn’t everything, but it’s very nice,” Cuomo added.

“Whoever wins the actual race, the (people of the) North Country will be the winners.”


Others here are getting geared up for Sunday.

In Saranac Lake on Friday, Mayor Clyde Rabideau bought an official “friction-less, perpetual motion, hydro-foil-equipped, race-ready pair of swim trunks for the Adirondack Challenge,” according to an all-capital-letter post on his Facebook page.

“With a plug for the Community Store in the village downtown,” he added. “Watch out Guv, Team (Saranac Lake) is bringing in new swim trunks and their best paddles!”


The public cannot access the launch site Sunday strictly due to physical limitations at the put-in area, Cuomo told reporters on Friday.

The launch area doesn’t have room for a lot of spectators.

“It’s just a physical limitation,” Cuomo said.

The race is about getting the publicity for the Adirondacks, he added.

“Whatever happens will be duly reported.”


The governor’s presence will also bring some protesters to Indian Lake.

The NY2A Grassroots Coalition, made up of more than two-dozen local, regional and state groups fighting for repeal of the NY SAFE Act firearms law, has given the Adirondack Challenge a name of its own.

“We invite you to join us at Sink Cuomo’s Boat and watch us use the First Amendment to defend the Second Amendment,” a press release said.

Protesters plan to meet at Puterko’s Family Pizzeria in Indian Lake at 9 a.m. Sunday morning to form up for the demonstration, the release said.

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