Adirondacks

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When Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to find a compromise over how to best utilize a corridor in the Adirondacks, he opened old wounds from a decades-long debate. The governor has approved a plan from the state's transportation and environmental conservation departments that would put $23 million toward restoring some of the Adirondack Park's train tracks and replacing 34 miles of rails between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid with a multi-use trail bike trail. Cuomo says it could boost the park's tourism...

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Every day for the past two weeks, news reports have focused on a federal probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration. It comes as both former leaders of the legislature are being sentenced to prison for corruption. Despite that, Cuomo and legislative leaders say they are trying to achieve some agenda items in the closing weeks of the legislative session. Cuomo, whose former top aide and an associate are under federal investigation for potential fraud, made a rare public appearance. He was not...

Summer Destinations: Adirondacks

May 21, 2015

There are many great destinations for summer fun in the Adirondacks, including:
Enchanted Forest | Water Safari New York's largest water theme park, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, is great for family amusement. Located in New York's Adirondack State Park in Old Forge, the park boasts over 50 rides and attractions -- including 32 of the wettest and wildest water rides. Opening day is June 15, 2016.

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Earth Day was celebrated at the state Capitol, with a tribute to the late Pete Seeger and a display of live owls.

Activists gathered at the Capitol to lobby for environmental issues and to hear musicians David Bernz and Dan Einbender pay tribute to Pete Seeger, who passed away in January. In recent years, Seeger had appeared at the Capitol to protest against the controversial gas drilling process called hydrofracking, which has been on hold in New York. Bernz says when Seeger...

Two of the six amendments on Tuesday’s ballot deal with land swaps in New York’s Adirondack Park. One of the proposals has split environmental groups.

Proposition 4 would clear up some land disputes for property owners on Raquette Lake, in Hamilton County. It would allow the state to give clear titles to around 200 homes along the lake. In exchange, the landowners would contribute to a fund to buy alternative land for the Adirondack forest preserve. There is no organized...

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There are six amendments on Tuesday’s ballot, ranging from whether New York should allow seven resort-style gambling casinos, to whether judges should be allowed to serve on the bench until the age of 80. Here’s a rundown:

Proposition 1 has received the most attention. It would amend the state’s constitution to change the prohibition on gambling casinos, allowing up to seven resort style gambling centers to be built. A coalition of business and labor groups has been mailing...

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On Tuesday when you go to vote, you’ll find two issues on your ballot that deal with New York’s Adirondack Park.

Both involve small land swaps that have been in the works for years. But because they impact the park’s forest preserve, which is protected by the state constitution, they require a vote of the people to move forward. Although one of the land swaps enjoys wide support, the other has sparked controversy and a fierce debate among environmentalists.

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New York Politicians Go Head To Head In The Wild

Jul 23, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced off in a rafting race Monday on a whitewater river high in the Adirondack Mountains. It was one part summer camp and one part House of Cards as two of the country's most influential big-city politicians shut off their smart phones and headed into the wild.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondack Park yesterday, where he joined some of the state's most powerful politicians and business leaders on a whitewater rafting trip down the Indian River.

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

"I want to expose this part of the state of New York," Cuomo said. "It is a magnificent part of the state, as you can see. Tourism is...

Tourism Economics

According to new research, tourism spending rose across every region of New York state last year, with overall growth of more than six percent. Traveler spending reached a new high of nearly $60 billion statewide and upstate New York, in particular, did well.

The biggest areas for growth upstate were central New York, Niagara, and the Thousand Islands, with a bump of at least five percent in each region.

But Adam Sacks, lead author of the report and president of Tourism...

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Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to the Adirondacks on Sunday, bringing with him most of his executive cabinet and dozens of downstate reporters. He made the trip to promote a new $50 million land purchase that will add tens of thousands of acres to the park's forest preserve.