Local officials to attend Trump sessions

JOHNSTOWN — Two Fulton County officials are working on trying to attend two sessions with President Donald Trump this month in Central New York and at the White House.

Trump plans to visit Upstate New York on Monday, making stops at Fort Drum in Jefferson County, and to Oneida County, as he campaigns for two House of Representatives Republicans.

Trump accepted an invitation from Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik to make a presidential visit Monday to Fort Drum, home of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. Stefanik represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Fulton County. Stefanik will face Democrat Tedra Cobb in the general election Nov. 6.

Fulton County Republican Committee Chairwoman Sue McNeil said Friday she may attend the Fort Drum visit.

“I’m working on it,” the local GOP leader said. “I don’t have details yet.”

She said that Stefanik, a Republican representative from Willsboro, is trying to “get officials together” for Trump’s visit to the military installation near Watertown.

McNeil is no stranger to support for Trump, being one of his earliest supporters from upstate New York. She was a Trump convention delegate, and one of two members from New York state on the National Republican Committee’s July 2016 Convention Organization Committee in Cleveland.

She also attended Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 in the nation’s capital.

Trump is also getting New York state’s elected county leaders together for a non-partisan, three-hour county issues conference with the president set for Aug. 23 at the White House. The event will include a White House tour.

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Friday that Board of Supervisors Chairman James Groff, the town of Northampton’s supervisor, is “hoping to go.”

“Most counties had a representative invited,” Stead said.

Invited officials have until next Friday to respond to the White House’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to answer the invitation.

Johnstown 2nd Ward Supervisor Mike Kinowski, the Board of Supervisors’ 2017 chairman, was part of a federal discussion about tax reform conducted by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs last November in Washington D.C. That event wasn’t attended by Trump, but was attended by Vice President Mike Pence.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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