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Cuomo, aides ditch capitol for ‘team building’ river cruise

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took his staff on a Hudson River cruise Monday to discuss his administration’s agenda for the coming year.

The 100-mile cruise, and related expenses, was paid for by Cuomo’s campaign committee, officials said.

The governor’s office did not provide advance word to the Capitol’s press corps, but confirmed his whereabouts after the ship was on its way down the river. Photos of the journey were sent via tweets from one of Cuomo’s top advisors.

The administration chartered the Captain J.P. II, a triple deck vessel that can carry 600 people and – after its three-hour usual charter period, with a variety of per-person charges – charges $800 per hour, according to the company’s web site for the Troy-based vessel.

An administration spokesman said the cruise included “teambuilding” and “beginning discussions of next year’s agenda/State of the State.”


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