Prominent Western New Yorkers wish President, First Lady speedy recovery from COVID-19

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Oct 02, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As the world woke up to news that President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady tested positive COVID-19, prominent Western New Yorkers were quick to send their well wishes.

"My prayers are with the President and First Lady," Congressman Chris Jacobs wrote on Twitter.

In Congressman Tom Reed's get-well message, the Representative for New York's 23rd Congressional District said "we must use our common sense, smarts, and medical best practices to mitigate its risks."

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would send POTUS and FLOTUS a "New York Cares" care package, filled with Upstate New York apples, New York City bagels, and other provisions.

Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger used his past experience battling the coronavirus to share his feelings about best practices: "be vigilant in practicing social distancing, wear a mask and wash those hands."

7 Eyewitness News also spoke with prominent Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, who recently was hospitalized for COVID-19. He and Trump are both 74 years old. Paladino called it a "very frustrating ordeal."

“Personally I had a light case of COVID-19 when I had it. I wish the President well, oh my God. The man has a ton of energy and it will be very frustrating if he has to quarantine himself," said Paladino.