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North Country small-business owner appointed to Thousand Islands Commission

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Keewaydin State Park in Alexandria Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: NYS PARKS WEBSITE

ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. — A North Country business owner, Michael J. Chavoustie was recently confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve on the Thousand Islands State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission.

Chavoustie owns and operates two small businesses in Jefferson County: French Town Market and Cup of Joy Cafe, both located in Cape Vincent. 

In addition to his businesses, Chavoustie supports his local community where he served as president of the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce for 12 years, according to a June 6 news release from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office. Chavoustie is also a member of the Jefferson County Ethics Committee and local waterfront development steering committee. He is a graduate of SUNY Canton.

Chavoustie was one of five new parks-administration nominees of Hochul who were recently confirmed by the Senate.

The Thousand Islands Commission is based at Keewaydin State Park in Alexandria Bay. The chair of the commission is Harold B. Johnson.

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