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Gore mt. is an economic engine for Warren County.
Gore mt. is an economic engine for Warren County.

ORDA cuts appear less likely

The state Assembly issued its proposed spending blueprint yesterday. Democratic leaders there proposed saving the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. They also called for full funding for the Olympic Regional Development Authority. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Gore Mountain is an economic engine for Warren County
Gore Mountain is an economic engine for Warren County

Local leaders react angrily to proposed ORDA cuts

The state Senate is proposing to eliminate more than $6 million in subsidies for the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA operates two ski mountains in the Adirondacks, in Wilmington and North Creek. The state agency also operates the Olympic venues in Lake Placid.

ORDA Chairman Joe Martens told WNBZ radio that the proposed cuts would be devastating. "ORDA's annual state subsidy is $6-7 million. It's been going down for the last couple years," he said. "If that cut stays intact, we'd have to close all of the venues because none of the venues expect Whiteface and Gore make money. But what they do is they bring in hundreds of events every year that fills to hotel rooms and restaurants."

If accepted, the legislative budget would eliminate 20% from ORDA's operating budget of $30 million. Local government leaders have been reacting with shock to the idea that state support for ORDA's operations might be zeroed out. An ORDA study in 2008 found that the Olympic-region venues sparked more than $300 million in tourism activity every year. Brian Mann spoke with Sterling Goodspeed, town supervisor in Johnsburg, which is home to ORDA's Gore Mountain ski area.  Go to full article

Senate budget plan zeroes out ORDA, cuts two North Country Prisons

New York's state Senate released its spending blueprint today and it includes a plan to zero out funding for the Olympic Regional Development Authority. The proposal would eliminate roughly 6.6 million dollars in subsidies that go to support ORDA's facilities in Lake Placid, Wilmington and North Creek. It also eliminates funding for state prisons in Moriah and in Lyon Mountain. Todd More has details.  Go to full article

Olympians rally for local ski hill

Many of the nation's top alpine skiers, including more than a dozen Olympians, are in the North Country to compete in the 2010 U.S. Alpine Championships at Whiteface Mountain, which got underway Saturday and continue today.

The roster of athletes includes Julia Mancuso, who won two silver medals at the Vancouver Winter Games, and 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety. But before they took to the slopes of Whiteface, a half-dozen members of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team visited Mount Pisgah, a small ski hill run by the Village of Saranac Lake, to ski with area kids and help raise funds for a new lift at the ski center. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
The lake Placid House in action in Whistler. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.
The lake Placid House in action in Whistler. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.

North Country crew works behind the scenes at Olympics

While North Country athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver have been grabbing the headlines, and rightfully so, another group of local residents has been making a quieter contribution to the games.

People from the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid area have been working at the Olympics, helping to run bobsled, luge and skeleton races, setting up interviews and photo shoots for athletes, organizing events for sponsors, and playing a host of other behind-the-scenes roles. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers reform authorities?long called New York's "shadow governments"

Governor David Paterson signed into law legislation to reform the state's public authorities, a measure he says will shed "sunlight" onto what has been a dark corner of government. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

ORDA approves Gore Mountain Interconnect

A long-awaited plan to connect the state-run Gore Mountain ski center with the North Creek Ski Bowl was given the go ahead Friday at a special meeting of the Olympic Regional Development Authority Board of Directors. The approval of the so-called Gore Mountain Interconnect was hailed by local officials and business owners in North Creek who see the project as the cornerstone of future economic growth in the community. As Chris Knight reports, the project has overcome numerous challenges to reach this point.  Go to full article
Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006
Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006

Breaking: FBI subpoenas ORDA over Rep. Sweeney trips to Lake Placid

The FBI has subpoenaed information from Lake Placid's Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of an investigation that apparently targets former Congressman John Sweeney. The Albany Times-Union is reporting that Federal agents are probing Sweeney's taxpayer-funded trips that ended in 2006 when he lost a bid for re-election. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article

Feds want info on Sweeney "Olympic" trips

TEXT ONLY: Federal investigators have subpoenaed information from Lake Placid's Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of an investigation targeting former Congressman John Sweeney. The Albany Times-Union is reporting that the FBI is probing Sweeney's taxpayer-funded trips to Lake Placid. The junkets were criticized by Democrats in 2006, who described the travel as a sweetheart deal for the Republican lawmaker and his supporters. The trips were paid for in part by the Olympic Regional Development Authority and the New York Power Authority.

According to the Times-Union, the FBI's probe was triggered by hearings held by Democrats in the state Assembly in 2006. At the time, Sweeney said questions about the so-called "Winter Congressional Challenge" were politically motivated. The newspaper said that Sweeney couldn't be reached for comment.  Go to full article
NASCAR legend Geoffrey Bodine tests a sled cockpit
NASCAR legend Geoffrey Bodine tests a sled cockpit

NASCAR drivers fuel American bobsled renaissance

The World Cup bobsled championships will be held next month in Lake Placid. Athletes from all over the world will compete on the Olympic track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. The Americans will be riding a new generation of high-tech sleds, designed by a team that once built racing cars for NASCAR. As Brian Mann reports, the project has helped the U.S. compete in a sport long dominated by the Europeans.  Go to full article

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