INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Two of New York's top officials made some waves in the Adirondacks on Monday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg paddled down the Indian River in a whitewater rafting race on the second day of Cuomo's inaugural "Adirondack Challenge" in Indian Lake.
The governor's office said his team beat the mayor's by 18 seconds, running the course in 18 minutes, 31 seconds to 18:49 for Bloomberg's raft.
Cuomo and a host of other state and local officials and business leaders participated in paddling events starting Sunday in the Hamilton County village. Cuomo said the event was designed to draw attention to the recreational opportunities in the Adirondacks and to boost tourism.
On Sunday, the Governor's Invitational whitewater race packed 25 rafts with state officials and members of the media. The governor's team also won that competition, beating state Senate and Assembly teams.
Sunday's activities included flatwater paddling races on Indian Lake and a festival in a village park showcasing Adirondack brewers, winemakers, distillers and food producers.
Also on Monday, Cuomo said that state will begin airing a TV ad Tuesday to promote recreation in the Adirondacks and the North Country.