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08-07-2014

Governor Cuomo Signs Boathouse Legislation Benefiting Region & Clarkson University Crew Team

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that will allow Clarkson University to construct a new boathouse for its Crew Club Team on the Raquette River in the Village of Norwood, N.Y., benefiting the village, the North Country region and the team.

Clarkson rowers Dan Allen (left) and Aaron Dahl took first place in the men’s pair event at the 2014 American Collegiate Rowing Championship in May against older more established university varsity teams from around the country.The legislation authorizes the Village of Norwood to enter into a lease with Clarkson to use 0.23 acres of the 12.7 acre Norwood Recreation Park for construction of and use of that property as a Crew Club Team boathouse.

The bill, sponsored by New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, earlier passed both houses of the legislature without any dissenting votes.

Earlier this year, the Village of Norwood Board unanimously passed a home rule message in support of the legislation.

The governor's approval allows construction of the boathouse for the 50-member Clarkson University Crew Club Team to commence this summer and be completed prior to snowfall.

"We greatly appreciate the support of Governor Cuomo, Senator Griffo and Assemblywoman Russell in making this project a reality, as well as the elected officials and people of the Village of Norwood who have been welcoming hosts for our crew team and others in the rowing community," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "The boathouse construction is a win/win proposition for the Village of Norwood, the North Country Region and Clarkson University."

Norwood will be able to benefit from hosting recreational rowing events that promote parkland use and local tourism and the community will also receive the assistance of Clarkson in the maintenance and control of invasive aquatic plants along the Norwood Recreation Park shoreline.  

“The rowing competitions with other top schools on Norwood Lake will certainly be an economic benefit to us,” said Norwood Village Mayor James H. McFaddin. "We look forward to adding these meets to other events -- like the Norwood Regatta -- that bring tourists and other visitors to our community."

"This new law is a result of the positive working relationship between the Village and the University. It helps the Crew Team Club to improve the visibility of this sport, provides construction and improvement to one of the Park's facilities and acts as a draw for racers, coaches and spectators to come to the region. I'm pleased to have been able to help close the deal for these efforts," said Senator Griffo.

"I am happy that we were able to work with Norwood and Clarkson and pass this legislation. This partnership will provide exposure to the region’s fantastic assets, drawing new visitors to this venue. Rowing is a great fit with the Norwood Community and perhaps their activities will inspire more to participate in paddling sports along our beautiful waterways," said Assemblywoman Russell.

The boathouse site is less than seven miles from campus on an ideal stretch of the Raquette River and moves the team into a University-funded boathouse equal to the aspirations of its rowers, including Dan Allen of Victor, N.Y., and Aaron Dahl of Mohawk, N.Y., who took first place in the men’s pair event at the 2014 American Collegiate Rowing Championship against older more established university varsity teams from around the country.

"The North Country is one of the special places on the planet to visit, live, study and work. This legislation advances yet another mutually beneficial collaboration to advance quality of life and grow economic opportunities,” said Collins.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that will allow Clarkson University to construct a new boathouse for its Crew Club Team on the Raquette River in Norwood, N.Y. Above, Clarkson rowers Dan Allen (left) and Aaron Dahl took first place in the men’s pair event at the 2014 American Collegiate Rowing Championship in May against older more established university varsity teams from around the country.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/allen-dahl.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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