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November 21, 2013

Whiteface Highway, Trudeau Institute boosted by funding

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Lake Placid on Wednesday to deliver funds for restoration of a tribute highway and money for a scientific partnership that will boost jobs.

VETERANS MEMORIAL

Funding is in place to restore and rehabilitate the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway.

Work, in fact, is already underway, with State Department of Transportation design teams working on logistics.

In Lake Placid on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $12 million state investment in the highway in the Town of Wilmington, calling it a “beautiful piece of history.”

He drew from the highway’s very foundation and its dedication in 1935, when Franklin D. Roosevelt opened it to honor veterans of World War I.

“It was one of the first disabled-access projects ever,” the governor said, remarking on an engineering design that “showed the foresight and progressivity of the community.”

Cuomo’s father — former Gov. Mario Cuomo — rededicated the long, winding Whiteface summit road to all veterans in 1985.

“It should be kept in top-flight shape,” the governor said, listing reasons that drove the decision as “safety, tourism and legacy.”

Funding for repairs to the Memorial Highway will draw from NY Works resources.

RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP

In the same hour, at the ORDA Conference Center in Lake Placid, Cuomo announced a $35 million Empire State Development investment in a partnership between Trudeau Institute and Clarkson University, providing operational costs for new research collaboration and laboratory improvements at both facilities.

Cuomo had toured the closed Hotel Saranac early in the day Wednesday and said, after making the formal fiscal announcement, that New York “wants to be a partner in that development,” as well.

Hotel Saranac and the new hotel planned on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake were both named priority projects by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

The entire slate of Regional Council funding will be announced in December, Cuomo said.

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