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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an interview with an Enterprise reporter at the newspaper's offices Friday in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mike Lynch, courtesy <a href="https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an interview with an Enterprise reporter at the newspaper's offices Friday in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mike Lynch, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Cuomo drops in to talk Adirondack issues

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his family have spent the last few days vacationing in the Adirondacks. Cuomo's two daughters have been skiing at Whiteface Mountain while the governor has been working on his State of the State speech.

The governor paid a surprise visit to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise offices in Saranac Lake Friday where he sat down for a cup of coffee with the newspaper's staff and talked about tourism, hydraulic fracturing, the state's property tax cap and other topics.

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Chris Knight
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Wearing a black ski jacket and a black and red-checked flannel shirt, , the governor stepped out of a black sport utility vehicle in front of the newspaper's offices just after 11 a.m. Friday. In addition to his two daughters, he said his brother, ABC News reporter Chris Cuomo, had joined him on the trip.

"I did this last year too. I have the kids with me, and I get a few hours where I can actually do some work on the State of the State. It's good for me to get out of Albany and clear my head a little bit."

It's good for me to get out of Albany and clear my head a little bit.
Cuomo said one of the things his State of the State address will focus on is "better strategic marketing of the assets" of upstate New York. As an example, he talked about the need to create an anchor event that will draw tourists to Saranac Lake.

"You have to get out and sell. You have to do it intelligently. You have to do it aggressively. I just think we just haven't done that well enough especially in some parts of upstate New York," Cuomo said. "Here, I'm a big believer but you have to get people here. There have to be events that attract people here, not just Lake Placid events and then, while people are in Placid they come by [Saranac Lake]. What can we do in Saranac [Lake] for Saranac [Lake]? What can we do for other parts of the North Country specifically."

Cuomo has been a regular visitor to the Adirondacks, and Saranac Lake and Lake Placid in particular, both before and since he took office.

Asked Friday why he continues to come here so often, Cuomo named the "pervasive quiet" of the Adirondacks and spoke fondly of fishing trips here with his brother when they were younger.

"It's that tradition. It's part of what we do as a family. I want my daughters to understand that tradition. I want them to feel it and love it the same way that I do."

Cuomo and his family were staying at a private residence in Lake Placid. The governor planned to be in the North Country again Monday, according to his public schedule.

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