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Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo:  NYS Governor's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office via Flickr

Cuomo challenges NY to notice Adirondacks

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Governor Andrew Cuomo led rafts full of politicians, journalists and business leaders down a wild stretch of the Indian River Sunday.

His "Adirondack Challenge" was designed to draw attention to the tourism potential of upstate New York.

It was also part of Cuomo's pledge to help turn wild lands in the Adirondacks -- including a new $50 million expansion of the Park's "forever wild" forest preserve -- into an economic engine for local businesses and communities.

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Cuomo says his "Adirondack Challenge" — held in Indian Lake — is meant to draw attention and more visitors to destinations in Upstate New York.

The Adirondack Challenge drew politicians from across the political spectrum, including state Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec from Queensbury. Photo:  NYS Governor's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
The Adirondack Challenge drew politicians from across the political spectrum, including state Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec from Queensbury. Photo: NYS Governor's office via Flickr
"I want to expose this part of the state of New York.  It is a magnificent part of the state, as you can see.  Tourism is big business for us, it's a big part of the economy.  And this has great potential."

Cuomo's event drew reporters from all over the US, many of them experiencing the wild Adirondacks for the first time.  Susan Arbetter hosts the public radio magazine "Capital Pressroom." 

"It's absolutely magnificent.  It's everything you would dream the Adirondacks should be.  We see beautiful clear water with white-caps, bookended with gorgeous green trees!"

Artisans from around the North Country were in North Creek for the Adirondack Challenge.  Charles Wallace with Hidden Hollow Maple Farm in Warrensburg says he welcomes the governor's promotion.

"This is a great opportunity.  I'm hoping for a really great day today."

On Monday morning Gov. Cuomo planned to host a second race on the Indian River — this time against New York City  Mayor Michael Bloomberg. As of this afternoon, both the Mayor and the Governor reported that "New York" had won the race.



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