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Vermont's Shumlin, Cuomo tie in NY rafting race

INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin have raced to a tie in a friendly whitewater rafting competition highlighting the Adirondacks' recreational opportunities.

Sunday's event is Cuomo's second "Adirondack Challenge," with rafting on the Indian River in Indian Lake as well as golfing, hiking, fly-fishing and canoeing. At an awards banquet at Gore Mountain Ski Center afterward, Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy announced that the two governors' rafts, with their family members as paddling teammates, finished the three-mile course in 19 minutes, 20 seconds.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other officials participated, as 21 six-person rafts rode the waves.

Shumlin said the annual event boosts jobs and economic opportunities in the North Country, and helps the Green Mountain State and the Adirondacks.
   AP-WF-07-20-14 2121GMT
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