Gov wants NY to spend $82.5M more on Olympic facilities, $5M for Trudeau Institute

Beckett Ledger, originally of Lake Placid, flies off the 90K jump at the Olympic Jumping Complex outside of Lake Placid during the Flaming Leaves Festival in October 2018. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

ALBANY — Olympic facilities will see improvements in the year to come if capital funding of $82.5 million proposed in the governor’s budget makes it through to the final incarnation.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority would receive $70 million for strategic upgrades and a modernization plan to support improvements to Olympic facilities and ski resorts; $10 million for critical maintenance and energy efficiency upgrades; and $2.5 million from the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation budget as part of the New York WORKS initiative, according to a summary of the spending plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced this afternoon with his State of the State Address.

“Additional investments in these North Country assets will continue to make New York competitive for winter recreation and travel, attracting large sports events and ultimately driving year round business and economic sustainability for the area.”

ORDA facilities in and around Lake Placid will be used for the 2023 World University Games, the summary noted.

Also, $5 million is allotted in the governor’s proposed budget to support the partnership that the state, Clarkson University and Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake have created, with the money going toward forming “a world class biotechnology enterprise and further establish the North Country region as a premier center of biotech research and development,” the summary said.

Keynote speakers and organizers of a 2018 summit at Trudeau Institute are in the front row from left: Dr. Jerome Kim, Dr. Melanie Saville, and Cristina Cassetti, Ph.D, co-organizer Dr. Stephen Thomas and Marcia Blackman, Ph.D., and Atsuo Kuki, Ph.D., president of the Trudeau Institute. (Photo provided by the Trudeau Institute)

More will be added to this report.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2019 State of the State address and proposed 2019-20 Executive Budget Tuesday in Albany. (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2019 State of the State address and proposed 2019-20 Executive Budget Tuesday in Albany. (Photo provided by the governor's office)

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