Andrew Cuomo Has a Totally Private, Scrutiny-Free Vacation Spot

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NEW YORK - MAY 22:  New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo stands on stage in the park with his girlfriend, Food Network host Sandra Lee, following his announcement to supporters that he is officially running for the Governor of New York outside the Tweed Courthouse on May 22, 2010 in New York City. For eleven years Cuomo's father, Mario, was the fifty-second Governor of the state.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 22: New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo stands on stage in the park with his girlfriend, Food Network host Sandra Lee, following his announcement to supporters that he is officially running for the Governor of New York outside the Tweed Courthouse on May 22, 2010 in New York City. For eleven years Cuomo's father, Mario, was the fifty-second Governor of the state. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2010 Getty Images

Barbara Rice, the 46-year-old owner of Adirondack chair purveyor Rice Furniture in Saranac Lake, New York, thinks it's a good idea for Andrew Cuomo and his family to vacation in her bucolic hometown. "We don’t have paparazzi here," she told the Times, proudly. From the article:

On a recent trip to the area, Mr. Cuomo took his daughters skiing on nearby Whiteface Mountain. On another visit, the family dined at Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood, a popular Lake Placid restaurant where the specials the other night included sockeye salmon and locally made carrot cheesecake. Ms. Lee is known to be particularly fond of local merchants like Adirondack Decorative Arts and Crafts ... In March, the local newspaper, The Adirondack Daily Enterprise, spotted members of the governor’s security detail and followed them to the Mobil station — where Mr. Cuomo emerged from a black Cadillac Escalade and fueled up ... A month later, Mayor Rabideau spotted the governor strolling through Saranac Lake’s small downtown.

You say paparazzi, the people of Saranac Lake say ... nosy neighbors?

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