Cuomo was seen buying groceries at the Price Chopper supermarket in Lake Placid on Monday and he and Lee were seen shopping in Saranac Lake Tuesday. The family also skied at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center this week, as confirmed by Jon Lundin, spokesman for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which runs the center. Chris Morris reports.
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Cuomo and his family stayed as guests at a house in Lake Placid for the holiday week.
Sarah Galvin, who co-owns the Bookstore Plus in downtown Lake Placid, was at Price Chopper on Monday when she saw Cuomo.
“My daughter and I were walking over to get some cheese, and I noticed the guy re-stocking the cheese was in a very friendly conversation with this nice gentleman, and I looked up and I thought, ‘Oh, that looks like Cuomo,’” Galvin said. “Cuomo was just going through the store, and people would go up to him and shake his hand, and he was really friendly and seemed thrilled to be in the area.”
At the Blue Moon Cafe in downtown Saranac Lake, co-owner Tricia Fontana said Cuomo and Lee bought coffee to go Tuesday in the middle of a fairly busy lunch shift. “(He) asked how business was,” Fontana said. “(He was) very polite, said hello to customers on his way out the door, stopped at tables.”
Cuomo and his family are staying in the area through today, according to his spokesman Josh Vlasto. The governor’s office provided no other information or comment.
The governor has been a frequent visitor to the Adirondacks this year. In March, he stopped in Saranac Lake and was photographed by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise pumping gas while his daughters skied at Whiteface. He and Lee returned in late April, shopping and dining in Lake Placid and visiting Saranac Lake, where he ran into Mayor Clyde Rabideau on the street. Cuomo also visited Keene three times after Tropical Storm Irene hit on Aug. 28.
Rabideau and Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall say Cuomo’s frequent visits are good publicity for the region.