LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Regional Winter Sports Committee wants to see the budget for the locally hosted Empire State Winter Games before deciding whether to commit funding to it.
At Monday night's village board meeting, village Trustee Jason Leon asked if the committee plans to provide financial support for the games.
Formed in the fall of 2006, the committee was given $5 million by outgoing Gov. George Pataki to try and attract world-class winter sports events to the region.
"They still have money; however, that money has particular earmarks on it," village Mayor Craig Randall said at the meeting. "We're aware of their presence. Whether or not they have the ability to provide support, I don't know."
Contacted by the Enterprise this morning, the committee's board president, Serge Lussi, said he's asked organizers to provide a budget for the games.
"I think before we look for money, we need to know what the spending will be," Lussi said. "If they need a donation, we need to know what the donation is for."
Lussi said the committee plans to meet later this week and could discuss making a contribution to the Empire State Games. But he didn't seem to think that much funding would be needed.
"We don't see a lot of expense to be involved in these games," he said. "I think the community is going to do a good job with these games, but I'm not sure how much money we need."
As of a year ago, the Winter Sports Committee had only spent $300,000 of its $5 million, most of it to support world-class competitions hosted by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. The committee also used part of its allocation to create a presence for Lake Placid in Whistler at this year's Winter Olympic Games, although Lussi said he didn't know how much was spent on this.
He said the committee hasn't been frivolous with the money.
"We've been very careful how to spend this money and to use it only for worthwhile ventures," Lussi said.