NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta is proud to say he’s a city boy, but that didn’t prevent him from stepping up as part of an AFL-CIO team that joined the governor on a whitewater rafting trip Sunday in the Adirondacks.
Pallotta pronounced the experience “exhilarating.”
Gov. Cuomo invited teams of rafters and the media to Indian River for the inaugural “Adirondack Challenge,” a 3-mile whitewater rafting race on the Indian River established to draw attention to New York’s natural resources in the Adirondacks.
NYSUT Legislative Director Steve Allinger, one of the more experienced outdoors people on the AFL-CIO team, relished his role co-helming labor’s raft.
“The water was high,” Allinger reported, “since there was a bubble release ” – a scheduled release of pent up water designed to add to the thrills.
Each raft had an experienced guide and safety was never a concern.
“Being on the river was fun and the weather was beautiful,” Allinger said. “The Adirondacks are a world class natural resource of incomparable beauty. It was a treat for all involved to take some time from the politics of Albany to celebrate one of New York’s crown jewels.”