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Western New Yorkers react to President Trump's inauguration

Posted at 11:29 PM, Jan 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 23:29:40-05

7 Eyewitness News reporter Paola Suro drove 100 miles around Western New York to take a close look at how Western New Yorkers are reacting to President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday morning.

"I would like our President to be our President for eight years... not just four," said Dale Knickerbocker.

Dale Knickerbocker's four by eight Trump sign is the talk of the town in the Cheektowaga - Depew border.

"I guess Cheektowaga turned to a red community right? Well, welcome to Cheektowaga!" said Knickerbocker.

This inauguration day, cars driving by couldn't help but honk. Donald Trump's inauguration is the day Knickerbocker's been waiting for.

"I was thrilled," said Knickerbocker. "I was absolutely thrilled. It's exciting because it takes a businessman to run a business and that's what the government is... a business."

Twenty miles away, 7 Eyewitness News found a group of ladies in Scripts Cafe in Lockport, discussing their views on the inauguration. Lori Shanley, who lives in that area, said she could not watch the inauguration.

"Same as the election," said Shanley. "I couldn't bring myself to watch it. I think the American public basically said we want change, and made a huge decision to go outside of the political realm."

But they agree: now all they can do is move forward. A new beginning, with a new President.

"Totally not a supporter, but now he is the President," said Shanley. "I just wish we weren't this bitter. The fighting, it's terrible. It doesn't unite us, it divides us even worse than before."

A similar thought to Cullen Sheehan, all the way in Williamsville.

"I just think it's kind of silly when people bring up these opinions," said Sheehan. "I was watching it at the bar getting food and everyone's bickering. But it really won't make a difference who's in more position, I think."

Half an hour away in Niagara Falls, a 21-year-old who voted for the first time this year, is just happy she was able to witness history.

"You hear about people back in the day who heard things on the radio like that, and it's just cool to be able to be a part of that history," said Jaina Strzelczyk.