New York Governance
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are set to face each other in an historic white water rafting challenge in the Adirondacks on Monday–and Mr. Cuomo is already eying victory.
“Well, winning isn’t everything. But it’s very nice, Curtis,” Mr. Cuomo said wryly during an interview on the The Capitol Pressroom when asked by fill-in host Curtis Schick how important it was for him to beat the mayor.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has been very careful to pay attention to the long-running economic catastrophe in upstate New York. He has paid particular attention to the North Country, dominated, of course, by Adirondack Park, one of the greatest tracts of wilderness in the nation. Just last month, during a surprise visit to Lake Placid, the governor announced a deal that expanded the park by almost 70,000 acres. It will be the park’s largest expansion in almost 100 years.
That’s wonderful. But as the governor and his advisors know, the upstate economy requires more than preservation of the Adirondack region’s forests.
Big Real Estate
If you’re the kind of person who has a backroom stock’s worth of batteries, flashlights, canned food, and clean water just in case , than Sotheby’s has the perfect home for you! This 195-acre property in the middle of a Saranac state park is being sold to highest bidder by the International Realty arm of the auction house, and it’s an impressive lot. Your own missile silo? Check! A tarmac and airplane hanger on your estate? Check! Two-thousand pound blast doors? Do we even need to answer that?