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Hochul injures wrist, arm in Lake Placid skiing accident

LAKE PLACID – A skiing accident Sunday on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks sent Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul of Buffalo to a hospital for treatment of arm and rib injuries.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise newspaper of Saranac Lake reported that Hochul appeared at a dinner Sunday evening in the Lake Placid Conference Center, where photos showed her with her left arm in a velcro wrist cast and her right arm in a sling.

“I injured my ribs and wrist,” she told an Enterprise reporter, “but I’m OK.”

Hochul told the Enterprise that she fell while skiing and went to a hospital for treatment.

The newspaper said she did not report which hospital treated her and did not offer details about her injuries.

Hochul, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and more than two dozen state and local officials were in Lake Placid for the second annual Adirondack Winter Challenge, a state-sponsored event to boost tourism in the Adirondacks.

The Enterprise said that Cuomo embraced Hochul after he delivered a speech and gave her a kiss on the cheek. The newspaper reported that Cuomo was overheard telling Hochul, “I’m sorry,” as he looked at her arms.

The Albany Times-Union newspaper reported that Cuomo introduced several new tourism initiatives during his visit, including a “Ski NY Spring Break” promotion March 13 to 31, which offers 25 percent off equipment rental, lesson and lift ticket packages, plus discount plans for skiers and snowboarders in the 2015-16 season.

The Times-Union also noted that the governor spoke briefly about bringing the Winter Olympics back to Lake Placid, which hosted the Games in 1932 and 1980.