Assemblymember Cahill: New York Keeps Commitment to Belleayre Ski Center

Governor forgot that he did not include Belleayre money
January 3, 2018

Albany, NY – As the winter season continues, Assemblymember Cahill encourages residents to hit the slopes at Belleayre Mountain.

“Although the frigid temperatures have kept many of us indoors this past week, residents who want to avoid cabin fever should consider visiting one of the regions great outdoor recreational destinations, Belleayre Mountain,” stated Assemblymember Cahill. Last week, the resort opened its Catskill Thunder gondola which can transport up to eight individuals to the summit in one of its 60 cabins. The new lift will enhance the experience of skiers and riders this season. This great new addition will also provide additional opportunities for spectators, bikers and others to enjoy the mountain outside of the winter months.

In applauding the new gondola Assemblymember Cahill cited the continued advocacy that he and local leaders have taken in promoting improvements at the mountain. “When Governor Cuomo first unveiled his 2017 Executive Budget last year he included additional funding for both Gore and Whiteface Mountain but left out supplemental assistance for Belleayre. I joined with Senator Seward, Shandaken Town Supervisor Robert Stanley and local advocates to ensure that our community was not forgotten. It was only after this work that the Governor supplemented these funds with an $8 million commitment for Belleayre in the 30 day amendment period of the Executive Budget. Working with legislative colleagues and Assembly Speaker Heastie we ensured that our voices were heard and that this snub would not be allowed,” continued Mr. Cahill.

At the time Belleayre was first absorbed by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) Assemblymember Cahill pledged that he would hold the Authority accountable for ensuring adequate funding necessary to maintain this economic engine for our area. “Catskill Thunder, trail improvements and other updates are evidence that ORDA is listening. Through monies secured in the State budget, positive steps are now being taken to continue to facilitate development of the resort. When the Governor issued a press release celebrating this great victory for our region he should have, but did not acknowledge the important role of the State Assembly. No budget, no funding and no project go forward, including this one, without our full participation. Despite the Governor choosing to ignore colleagues in the New York State Assembly on what seems to be a routine basis, I’m happy to see our community’s vision for the mountain start to become a reality,” concluded Assemblymember Cahill.