Cuomo defeats Bloomberg in upstate rafting competition

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent their Monday out of the office. Credit: Twitter/NYGovCuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent their Monday afternoon facing off in a whitewater rafting competition in the Adirondack Mountains.

Cuomo planned the two-day event as a way to boost tourism. Sunday’s races included Cuomo and state and local elected officials, while Monday’s main attraction was the showdown between the governor and the mayor.

Team Cuomo and Team Bloomberg raced along three miles of the Indian River. In the end, the governor defeated Bloomberg by 18 seconds, New York Daily News reports.

The governor paddled alongside his two daughters, a member of his security detail and top aide Joe Percocco, while the mayor’s team included four administration officials and a member of his security detail, according to the News.

Bloomberg apparently jumped in for a swim after the race, spokesman Marc La Vorgna said.

“Security detail was thrilled,” La Vorgna tweeted.

Some observers thought Bloomberg had fallen into the water.


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