Local campaign offices established as political focus falls on New York

BUFFALO, N.Y (WIVB) — On the heels of her loss in Wisconsin Tuesday, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will be looking to regain the focus on her campaign in New York, with a rally in the Queen City at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum on Friday.

By Wednesday afternoon it had been a busy 12 hours for museum founder James Sandoro and his crew.

“We didn’t get the word till late last night, so it’s been very hectic,” Sandoro said. “We had to move a lot of cars around to get a few thousand people in here and it’s a great venue. It’s gonna be right in front of the Frank Lloyd Wright filling station, surrounded by Buffalo history. What better place to have it.”

The space will be filled on Friday afternoon with up to 2,000 people for the second of two stops Hillary Clinton will be making in Buffalo. The first takes place at noon at the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Roswell Cancer Institute. The latter is press and invite only.

Less than a mile from the museum is Clinton’s local campaign headquarters at the Erie County’s Democratic Committee, which has been active for weeks.

“We’ve been buzzing around here for the last three weeks for the secretary,” said campaign spokesman and county Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner. “Yesterday’s visit by the president was a huge boost, got a lot more people excited and involved in the process.”

The local campaign will host an after party at the Democratic headquarters in Larkinville. The campaign office number is (716) 853-2511. Events will also be posted on their Facebook page.

The same is true on north Buffalo’s Amherst Street, the site of the Buffalo for Bernie campaign.

Workers say they’ve been getting a lot of action in the wake of Sanders’ big win in Wisconsin.

“It’s a nice shot of adrenaline, so to speak, coming into Wyoming, which he’s expected to win on Saturday, and coming into New York in about two weeks,” said Brian Nowak, a grassroots organizer for Buffalo for Bernie.

Dillon Smith is a Sanders campaign volunteer and student at the University at Buffalo, who’s been spending a lot of sleepless nights on the campaign trail across western New York and the eastern U.S.

“It’s been pretty intense,” Smith said. “There been a lot of weeks about four hours asleep at night, a lot of coffee but each state that we’ve called each state that we worked in the comes back with a ‘W’ always makes that hard work worth it.”

The Buffalo for Bernie office is located at 404 Amherst St. The office’s email is buffaloforbernie@gmail.com.

Media representatives from the campaign of Gov. John Kasich could not be reached for comment about whether there would be a stop in western New York or whether they’d be setting up a local headquarters.

Members of the national press team for Sen. Ted Cruz said they had no plans on the books for a stop in Buffalo. They did, however, say Cruz was planning stops in Binghamton, Syracuse and Albany, the details of which haven’t been released.

Donald Trump announced a campaign rally in Buffalo that will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 17 at the First Niagara Center.

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