BUFFALO (WKBW) The President of the United State is expected to pay a visit to Western New York, according to two local political sources. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he expects preparations to already be underway, as the Commander in Chief has scheduled a bus tour of Upstate New York, and Buffalo is on the list of pit stops.
"When the President comes into town, everybody pays attention," Poloncarz said.
And come next Thursday, August 22nd, Poloncarz says people will be paying attention to the President speak in Western New York on the bounce-back of the economy, using Buffalo as an example.
"If we were not doing well, the President would not be coming to Buffalo to talk about how we see an economic rebound. This is the rebound that we've been waiting for years, decades even, in Buffalo and Western New York and I'm very appreciative that the President realizes that and is willing to come to our region to talk about it," the County Executive said.
Erie County Democratic Committee Chair Jeremy Zellner says this is a rare treat for Western New York, and could benefit the region in multiple ways.
"I think it just gets us talked about and it shows off our assets. They'll see the lake, they'll see the cultural assets, the infrastructure that we have here that we offer people when they come here, it puts us in a positive light," Zellner said.
The last time the Commander in Chief came to the Queen City was May of 2010, stopping at a manufacturing facility as well as that impromptu visit to Duffs.
And just like the last trip, word of a Presidential visit has many Western New Yorkers excited already.
There is no word on where exactly the President will be stopping and speaking while here.
President Obama is also expected to make a stop in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Scranton, Pennsylvania.