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January 10, 2013

Local leaders support State of State message

PLATTSBURGH — The governor’s State of the State address resonated well with North Country leaders.

“I am very pleased that the governor mentioned upstate several times during his speech,” Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said.

“He is correct in mentioning that upstate needs business investment and a marketing plan, and that is something I fully appreciate and support.”

REGIONAL MARKETING

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s speech included mention of creating an Upstate marketing plan to promote regions and special events, as well as regional businesses.

At one point during his speech, a picture of several bottles of Ubu Ale, a specialty beer brewed by the Lake Placid Brewing Company, appeared on the screen behind the governor as an example of regional products worth promoting.

He also mentioned a hot-air balloon festival in Glens Falls, which brought applause from State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) — that the governor noticed.

“Calling attention to the beauty and tourist attractions of the Adirondacks was definitely appreciated,” Little said.

The governor also said he wants to see regions of the state competing against each other to come up with the best marketing plans for attractions and special events, rather than have counties compete against each other.

Mayor Kasprzak said such a plan could benefit Plattsburgh and the surrounding area as the bicentennial of the Battle of Plattsburgh in September of 2014 draws near.

“I would think that the Battle of Plattsburgh is a perfect example of what the governor believes will help upstate and regions like ours,” he said.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) agreed.

“Who is better suited to put together a marketing plan than those of us in the North Country?” Duprey said. “We have so many events to promote, and a program like that will put them all together.”

Duprey particularly liked the governor’s idea of creating an Adirondack whitewater rafting challenge, where teams of politicians race against each other. The idea was highlighted by cartoon pictures of state leaders in rafts.

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