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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hits the water in Indian Lake. Photo: NYS Governor's Office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr<a/>
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hits the water in Indian Lake. Photo: NYS Governor's Office via Flickr

NYC Mayor Bloomberg headlines Adirondack Challenge

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced off in a whitewater rafting race yesterday on the Indian River in Hamilton County.

The contest was a bit of political theater, designed to boost tourism in the region.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Bloomberg showed up on the banks of the Indian River wearing a "Departent of Sanitation" tee-shirt. "Do I want to be in city hall dealing with waste management, or do I want to be here with you guys? That's easy," he said.

You don't see that every day.  Mayor Bloomberg takes a dip in the Indian River. Photo: NYS Governor's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr<a/>
You don't see that every day. Mayor Bloomberg takes a dip in the Indian River. Photo: NYS Governor's office via Flickr
The mayor grinned and gestured with his paddle at the roiling water just off shore. "If we get through this alive, we'll be happy."

Governor Cuomo invited Bloomberg here. Cuomo won yesterday's race, beating Mayor Bloomberg by 18 seconds.

Cuomo has made it a personal goal to convince more people from New York City to vacation in the Adirondacks, rather than packing off to New Hampshire or Vermont.

On the same day that New York state's most powerful politicians were paddling down the Indian River, Cuomo unveiled a new advertisement, designed to sell the Adirondacks to tourists and visitors.

 

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