Sen. Chuck Schumer said today that President Obama will be in the Buffalo area on Aug. 22, WGRZ reports. Schumer was in Buffalo this morning.
Obama is expected to visit Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton, as well as Scranton, Pa., on Aug. 22-23.
“People are going to be tuning in, hearing why his plan for the economy is moving in the right direction,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz told WGRZ. “And he is going to use Buffalo as an example. I can’t think of any better type of PR piece that we can have.”
Updated: Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, said he’s heard “There’s a strong rumor that he’s coming.” Libous said the visit would likely be to Binghamton University because Obama has been visiting college campuses, which could also be his stops in Buffalo and Syracuse.
Binghamton University officials yesterday said they were unaware of plans for Obama to visit the college.
The president lasted visited the Buffalo area in May 2010, when he toured a manufacturing company on Buffalo’s East Side.
Obama has visited the Capital Region three times since taking office in 2009, touting the success of the region’s nanontechnology sector. He has also visited Buffalo and Fort Drum in the North Country.