WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Arguably the most powerful man on the planet will touch down in Westchester on Friday, as President Barack Obama plans to attend a pair of Westchester County fundraisers, including one in New Rochelle on Friday, to kick off his Labor Day Weekend.
Obama’s trip to Westchester will be a brief one. He is scheduled to land at Westchester County Airport.
He'll attend a holiday barbecue at Wall Street maven Robert Wolf’s swanky Purchase estate, and a more intimate fundraiser in New Rochelle featuring a roundtable event for approximately two-dozen people.
When he’s finished in Westchester, Obama has also scheduled a third fundraiser on Friday in Rhode Island as part of his Labor Day barbecue fundraising initiative. Those in attendance at the fundraisers are expected to donate as much as $32,400 – the legal limit – to the Democratic National Convention.
Although New Rochelle police are playing coy about the timing and plans for the president, “no parking” restrictions have been announced for the bulk of the day on Friday near Main Street and Boston Post Road.
Though his destination remains a mystery, there has been speculation in the media that the Obamas may also be house hunting in the area as his second and final term ticks closer to conclusion.
Traffic is expected to flow relatively normally, though wherever the president’s motorcade travels will be closed off to the public as a safety precaution.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson could not be reached for comment on Obama’s visit on Wednesday.
Sanju Kanam, a New Rochelle business owner on North Avenue, said that he was excited for the president to visit his city, but was anxious that his visit may disrupt business on Friday.
“It’s exciting when someone well known comes to the area, there’s a certain buzz that comes with it,” he said. “Hopefully it won’t be long, and hopefully it won’t affect business too much if they have to close down streets.”