Battle Of The Bigwigs

Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce joined fellow Chautauqua County resident and director of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center, Journey Gunderson, as well as leaders from across New York state, on July 20 to participate in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake. Dolce and Gunderson were able to network with numerous state and local officials and tourism industry representatives to spread the word about Chautauqua County. They also participated in the governor’s annual Adirondack Whitewater Rafting Challenge as part of the Western New York team, which included Sam Hoyt, Empire State Development regional president; Howard Zemsky, Western New York Regional Economic Development Council co-chair; Paul Brown, Buffalo Building & Construction Trades president; and Paul Dyster, Niagara Falls mayor.

“The opportunity to spend the day with a contingency from Western New York who is committed to moving our great state forward was an absolute pleasure,” Dolce said. “The added significance of working with them in a whitewater rafting competition further illustrates the need to collaborate in a particular task … whether an outdoor activity or property tax relief.”

“Last year we launched the Adirondack Challenge to showcase this beautiful region to people across New York and from all corners of the globe, and to boost tourism and help grow the local economy,” Cuomo said in a release. “This year’s challenge was bigger and better than ever with hundreds of participants and new activities from hiking and fishing to motorcycling and golfing. This is the perfect time to visit the Adirondacks and I encourage all New Yorkers to make a trip this summer. I want to thank everyone who helped us support this beautiful region – especially our neighbor, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin – as well as New York’s legislative leaders.”

“Being able to discuss tourism initiatives with policy makers and influential leaders from across New York state was a valuable opportunity for me to promote the many assets here in Dunkirk and throughout Chautauqua County,” Dolce added. “Tourism plays a crucial role in Dunkirk and Chautauqua County’s economy; charter fishing, wine trails, and numerous festivals to name a few. To witness the natural beauty of Indian Lake and Gore Mountain, as well as gain perspectives from other officials who travelled from all corners of the state was a valuable experience.”

The Western New York contingency also had the opportunity to promote the Chautauqua area with Shumlin, who participated in one of the 21 six-member Whitewater Rafting Challenge teams.