Congresswoman Claudia Tenney is preparing for her fundraiser event this afternoon that will be hosted by President Donald Trump.
While the time and location of the event were not included in the invitation for the fundraiser, Trump’s public schedule that was released for Monday says he will arrive at Griffiss International Airport at 4:05 p.m., and arrive at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica at 4:30 p.m. for the event.
“It’s a very exciting day to welcome the President of the United States to Utica on this very historic day, very historic visit,” Tenney said Monday afternoon when we caught up with her outside Hotel Utica.
Tenney says she will be at Griffiss International Airport to greet the president when he steps off of Air Force One. She says the White House’s Advance Team and Secret Service will meet with her prior to Trump’s arrival to provide more details about the itinerary for his visit.
Tickets for the fundraiser event were $1,000 per individual to attend the reception, $5,000 per individual to attend the reception and get a photo with the president, and $15,000 per individual to attend the reception, get a photo with the president and participate in a roundtable with the president.
“They’re going to discuss issues that are relevant to our region and relevant to our nation, and that’s people that would like to get access to the president,” Tenney said. “This is surely an affordable way to get access. So, most of the people in the roundtable are local and there are some that are not, they’re coming from New York City or Sullivan County, or counties around the state because, quite frankly, I know there’s a lot being made about the price of this but it’s unprecedented that the president would charge, give this much access for this amount of money in Utica, New York.”
Tenney says the president is doing that “because he recognizes that Utica needs our assistance.”
“We’re hoping that he will come back for another event, maybe a rally, where we can get thousands of people to attend,” Tenney said.
The congresswoman says they’re doing their best to get a wide variety of people to the event. Some special guests who will be at Griffiss International Airport for Trump’s arrival will include Tenney’s son, who is an active duty captain in the Marine Corps.; Vince Scalise, who is the executive director of the CNY Veterans Outreach Center; several Gold Star families; and Brian Wyman, the father of Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Wyman, who was killed in the line of duty in 2011.
“We’re doing what we can to get as many people in our community as possible to be able to meet the president, especially those people who have suffered and people like the Wymans and some of the Gold Star Families who have, their families have paid the ultimate sacrifice, their loved one," Tenney said.
Tenney's challenger for the 22nd Congressional District race, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, will be hosting his own fundraiser in Utica while Tenney's funraiser with Trump is going on. Brindisi's fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. at Chesterfield Restaurant, and it is $10 to attend.