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I've been coming up [to Saranac Lake] for 20 years, I really love it and canít get enough of it.

Cuomo makes suprise visit to Saranac Lake

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his family were in the Adirondacks on Tuesday for a little rest and relaxation. Cuomo's daughters went skiing at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington while the governor spent part of the day in Saranac Lake. The governor's schedule wasn't made public, but Chris Knight spotted Cuomo at a gas station in Saranac Lake and talked with him briefly.

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Last summer, Andrew Cuomo brought his daughters to the Adirondacks for a fishing trip on Lower Saranac Lake.

He and his family were back in the area again on Tuesday.

"My girls have a couple of days off so I dropped them off at Whiteface, ran over to Saranac (Lake), took a look around and now we’re going back to Whiteface," Cuomo said.

As he spoke, Cuomo pumped gas into a black Chevy Escalade at a busy gas station in Saranac Lake. But few people there seemed to realize that the man wearing dark sunglasses, a navy blue coat and jeans was Cuomo.

In fact, if he wasn't traveling in a caravan of two black sport utility vehicles with a two-man state police security detail, his visit to the are may have gone unnoticed.

Cuomo didn't get into specifics about how he was spending his day off. But, during the brief conversation, he said he loves the Adirondacks and has been vacationing here regularly for years.

"I've been coming up for 20 years, I really love it and can’t get enough of it," Cuomo said.

The governor then hopped back into the SUV and headed toward Lake Placid.

Cuomo's visit to the area comes two weeks after his girlfriend - Food Network cooking show host Sandra Lee - told US Magazine that Saranac Lake is one of her two favorite vacation destinations. 

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