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Guest Column

July 6, 2013

State backing for Belleayre project isn't fair


As you might imagine, I can’t bear to watch Plattekill Mountain — my life’s work — undermined to the point of failure. Put yourself in my ski boots just for a moment. I’m busting my hump to make payroll and pay taxes — which are funding ongoing losses and improvements for my closest competitor. And Belleayre is close. There is no private ski area in the U.S. that’s closer to a publicly funded resort.

I am trying to upgrade for the future. But financing the improvements is much tougher for me than it is for New York. All I’m asking for is a chance to compete on a level field.

Laszlo Vajtay, of Roxbury, is the owner of Plattekill Mountain.

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