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ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo:  Chris Morris)
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo: Chris Morris)

ORDA builds appeal despite state budget cuts

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is having one of its best years ever. ORDA operates and maintains a variety of Olympic venues across the Lake Placid region, including ski centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountains. State officials say heavy snowfall and a strong Canadian dollar translated into financial success.

As Chris Morris reports, ORDA is looking to build off that success by getting creative with its marketing.  Go to full article

ORDA may take over Catskill ski center

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority may add a third downhill ski center to its venues before the winter season.

ORDA officials are reportedly in talks to take over operation of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills.

Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

ORDA has new chairman, but he's a familiar face

The former chairman of the New York State's Republican Party is taking the helm of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. Pat Barrett sat in as chair of ORDA's board of directors during their meeting on Tuesday. According to the Albany Times Union, Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to name Barrett to fill the post permanently. Chris Morris has details.  Go to full article

Whiteface workers rally for wages

As this winter's ski season gets underway, many unionized workers at the Olympic Regional Development Authority in the Adirondacks still don't have a contract. Union leaders say wages are so low, many of the full-time workers still qualify for public assistance. They led a a small rally at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington on opening day of the season Friday.  Go to full article

New Lake Placid Conference Center on schedule

Work continues on a multimillion dollar conference center in Lake Placid. Local officials say will provide a huge boost to the area's economy when it needs it the most - during the spring and the fall. Construction of the new, 56,000-square foot facility, which was on hold for nearly two months this year due to the state's budget crisis, is now scheduled to be completed in March. Chris Knight toured the construction site with officials from the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and filed this report.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Source:  Gillibrand)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Source: Gillibrand)

Sen. Gillibrand: government-backed loans can liberate rural economies

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a swing through the North Country last week, making stops in Watertown and Lake Placid.

The freshman senator heard dozens of requests for federal funding for local projects in the region.

But with the national debt soaring, Gillibrand argued that the best way to spend local dollars may be by boosting loans and incubator efforts for small businesses.

Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

ORDA secures state funding, for now

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority has secured its annual appropriation from the state, but its budget difficulties may be just beginning. In budget bills approved this week, the state Legislature set aside $5.6 million for ORDA, which operates Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain ski centers and the 1980 Winter Olympic venues in Lake Placid. That's about $1 million less than the authority received last year, and about $3 million less than what was allocated for ORDA two years ago. At a board meeting in Lake Placid this week, some ORDA officials said that if they're forced to absorb additional cuts, the authority's venues and the communities that ORDA supports could be impacted. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Gov. David Paterson
Gov. David Paterson

Governor proposes deeper cuts and state-worker furloughs

Governor David Paterson recommends one-day-a-week furloughs for state workers until the state budget, now nearly one month late, is completed. The governor is also cutting spending and raising revenues by $620 million, and asking the legislature to act immediately on his budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Small ski areas thrive in sluggish season

As ski center managers in the Adirondacks close the books on another winter season, some are reporting an increase in skier visits and revenue. Others say they've had about the same or fewer numbers of visitors compared to last year. Chris Knight looks back on the winter of 2009-2010, including one of the biggest success stories of the winter - the reopening of two smaller, community-centered ski areas.  Go to full article

Olympic athletes lobby for ORDA Funding

The only firm plan on today's agenda at the state Legislature is for the Senate to give final approval of Gov. David Paterson's emergency bare-bones budget plan. The budget is supposed to be in place by April 1, but lawmakers plan to take their Passover-Easter break this week.

They're wrangling over a spending plan that includes some of the deepest cuts ever in school aid and other areas to contend with the state's fiscal crisis. The latest competing proposals are $1 billion apart. The state's fiscal health is in the balance. So are facilities and services considered vital to communities across the North Country: from parks to prisons, to ski hills.

Friday, local athletes just back from competing in the Vancouver Olympics were in Albany fighting for Lake Placid's Olympic venues. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

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