Cuomo Promotes Upstate Tourism At Future State Park Site
Over the weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo took reporters on an unusual and scenic trip into the Adirondack Mountains, as part of an effort to promote upstate tourism. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
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After meeting at North Hudson, N.Y., four-and-a-half hours north of New York City, reporters loaded up in vans and were driven into the wilderness.
The trip -- part business, part recreation -- was an opportunity for cabinet members, often out of public view, to get know each other and the press. Some administration officials couldn't resist gently ribbing the waiting cameras.
"I thought this was a day away, what are you people doing here?" joked Executive Deputy Secretary Joe Percoco.
The land there is in the process of being purchased by the state. For the first time in about 150 years, the 69,000-acre site will be open to the public for public use. It is costing the state nearly $50 million to purchase it."
"Anyone will be able to come out here and paddle and fish on this lake. There will be snowmobile trails, lots of things that are going to draw people in from far and wide," said Joe Martens of the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The governor, in casual attire, did some fishing on Boreas Pond. He told reporters that he wants this pristine location to be a tourist destination.
"I believe this is something that you would want to see, just on a personal level. I also want to publicize it," said Cuomo. "I want people all across the state to see this parcel. I want people in new york city to see this parcel."
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota spent part of his time in the woods talking on a satellite phone. NY1 asked him what it was like to be so far away from mass transit.
"Not a day goes by, not a second goes by when I don't think about the subways," Lhota answered.
With intermittent bad weather, there was even time to relax inside an old hunting lodge on the property.
Boreas Pond and its surroundings will be fully under state control within five years.