Judge says local rafting company broke guide licensing laws

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A judge has found that a New York whitewater company broke state law by sending clients down the upper Hudson River with unlicensed rafting guides.
    
Judge Richard Giardino has also upheld state claims that the Hudson River Rafting Co. of North Creek broke the law by shuttling customers to the river with unlicensed drivers. He ordered the company in October to temporarily halt guided trips.
    
Attorneys for owner Patrick Cunningham and the state are scheduled to argue over false advertising allegations at a hearing Tuesday in Hamilton County.
    
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to permanently shut down and penalize the company after a client drowned last September and several tickets were issued for unlicensed guiding and driving. It's one of the Adirondacks' original rafting companies.
    
Cunningham's lawyer has declined to comment.

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