NYSSA Rides with Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pictured let to right: Dom Jacangelo, NYSSA Executive Director; Jim Rolf, NYSSA Trails Coordinator; Randy Phillips, NYSSA Vice President; Rosanne Warner, NYSSA Secretary; Governor Cuomo; Jim Elmore, NYSSA President; and Roger McCabe, former NYSSA Treasurer.
Governor announces new campaign to promote New York as winter recreation destination, recognizes contributions of NYSSA members
LOWVILLE, NY – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted the importance of snowmobiling in the Empire State on Monday, December 30, during an event at which he announced a $4.5 million international winter tourism campaign that is under way in the new year. Cuomo followed up the press event – which also featured as speakers local and statewide elected officials, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens and New York State Snowmobile Association Executive Director Dominic Jacangelo – with a snowmobile ride on the Tug Hill Plateau. Among the state legislative officials attending the event were Senator Betty Little and Senator Joe Griffo as well as Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush and Assemblywomen Addie Russell.
“We were pleased to accompany Governor Cuomo on this snowmobile ride. It offered a great opportunity to discuss with him the challenges to the sport and the industry,” Jacangelo said. “We had the chance to engage in conversations with the governor, and he had positive comments for the snowmobile community and the work we do.”
A set of ads with an “I [Snowmobile] New York” logo was launched on the first of the year as part of the advertising campaign. In his speech Monday, Governor Cuomo acknowledged the $868 million economic impact the sport of snowmobiling has in New York alone. Snowmobiling will be one part of the winter recreation campaign.
Also highlighted by the governor was $11 million worth of trail maintenance and development grants since 2011, made possible by distributions from the state’s Trail Development and Maintenance Fund. The Fund contains snowmobile registration fees paid by snowmobilers and directed to supporting volunteer efforts and those by municipalities to create and maintain one of the best snowmobile trail networks in the country.
“Having the governor on a snowmobile ride afforded him the opportunity to see firsthand the work done by snowmobiling clubs across the state,” NYSSA President James Elmore said. “The best part of the day could have been when the governor stopped by the Valley Snow Travelers' groomer shed and took the time to thank the volunteers of the club for the hard work that they put in on the trails week in and week out.”
The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA), a non-profit corporation, is the largest snowmobile association in the country working on behalf of the registered NY snowmobile owners, who contribute $868 million to the New York State economy, and 242 snowmobile clubs to improve trails, facilities and services for participants, and defend snowmobilers against discriminatory legislation.