Governor Andrew Cuomo was welcomed with repeated ovations Sunday afternoon as he visited a local restaurant in Saranac Lake to talk about the North Country’s latest win in the Regional Economic Development Council competition.
Cuomo noted that the North Country is the only region in the state to be a top-plan winner three years in a row, meaning that rural communities in the area have received more than $270 million in state funding.
Cuomo was described as “Santa Claus” by Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, who said that funding to shore up the economic fortunes of Trudeau Institute and develop two hotel projects was “beyond transformational.”
The event at the Downhill Grill restaurant was packed with local residents and economic development officials and politicians from as far away as Potsdam, Plattsburgh, and Hamilton County.
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