Among the people waiting on Pier 26 July 15 to greet Gov. Pataki as well as the 30 or so kayakers who had journeyed from Albany was David Hupert, a Tribeca resident and member of the Downtown Boathouse. Hupert recalled Pataki and his wife, Libby, kayaked with him in last years Great Hudson River Paddle.
Pataki is a very strong kayaker, Hupert said. He said New Yorks first couple made quite a strong impression almost good enough to convince Hupert to abandon his political allegiances. If they werent Republicans Id vote for them.