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Cuomo, Bloomberg get wet in Adirondack raft race

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In a push to promote tourism to northern New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and several politicians participated in a white-water rafting race on the Indian River in the Adirondack Mountains Monday afternoon.

Cuomo and two of his daughters helped paddle the Governor's Team raft.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg also participated in the Adirondack Challenge on another raft.

One of the rafts got stuck on a rock when the team members raised their paddles and cheers for the cameras on a river bank.

"The Adirondack Challenge is designed to highlight all of what the Adirondacks region has to offer to New Yorkers and visitors -- and it is also a friendly competition on the beautiful Indian River," Cuomo said ahead of the event. "Today's events illustrate firsthand the natural wonders of the Adirondacks."

Cuomo's team (18:31) beat Bloomberg's by 18 seconds, the governor's office said.

The governor said his administration has been making a big push to encourage tourism to the Adirondacks and other parts of northern New York because the region was hit hard by storm damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

Cuomo said that even a fraction of the tourism that New York City gets would stimulate the ailing economy of the state's "North Country."

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