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Cooperstown Gears Up for President Obama's Historic Visit

It's not every day the President of the United States finds himself in a small village in Central New York but with the announcement of President Obama’s visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, village preparations are now in full swing.
The countdown to President Obama’s historic visit to Cooperstown continues. As of Tuesday, the President’s trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame is just under 48-hours away.

It's not every day the President of the United States finds himself in a small village in Central New York but with the announcement of President Obama’s visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, village preparations are now in full swing.

"Whatever personnel we need to provide, we're happy to be at the disposal of the president,” says Jeff Katz, Mayor of the Village of Cooperstown.

Katz says Village officials were in meetings with White House representatives all day Tuesday, the main focus, of course, being safety.

"From a village point of view, our head of Public Works as well as our Police Department have been involved in talks of preparation,” says Katz.

"We have other agencies assisting us, State Police, Otsego County Sheriff's Department, as well as Secret Service,” said Kevin Voce of the Cooperstown Police Department.

The President will fly into Griffiss International Airport on Thursday. He will then make his way to Cooperstown where an anxious and excited village awaits him.

"Everyone I’ve talked to has been excited about it in fact, I get emails from people saying, ‘you know, if you have a chance tell him to come to my restaurant for dinner or see if he wants to come to my bed and breakfast," said Katz.

This may be the first time a sitting president has ever visited the Hall of Fame but Cooperstown is no stranger to high profile visits.

"Well, I mean obviously we get the Hall of Famers all the time, we have planning measures and routes and all kinds of stuff,” says Voce.

Amidst the excitement are lots of unanswered questions.

"There's still day to day life in the Village you know, someone wants to go to the library, someone has a meeting, they want to know if they can get here but we are kind of working at the discretion of the White House," said Katz.

The Mayor says he will announce road closures and times closer to the actual visit.

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