The White House has confirmed broad details of a two day bus tour that will take President Obama across Western and Central New York and into the Southern Tier next Thursday and Friday. As YNN's Bill Carey reports, the aim is to build public support for the President's budget plans.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- President Barack Obama's summer bus tours are designed to convince the public that their voices are key in how the federal government plans to spend its money.
The President's upcoming journey across Upstate New York will focus on reducing the costs and improving the quality of higher education.
The first stop on Obama's tour is the Unviersity at Buffalo. Campus leaders said the President's message is a good fit.
"We are really concerned about access and cost and we really address those issues all the time. And the President has been talking about those issues, so I think there's synchrony there," said Satish Tripathi, University at Buffalo President.
In Syracuse, city workers spent the day Friday sprucing up Henninger High School. The school is scheduled as the second stop on Obama's tour.
The "Say Yes" program, which offers free college tuition to students graduating from city high schools, is expected to be highlighted during the President's visit.
"Say Yes is a huge, important part of making sure that our students think that college is an option for them and tells them if they help, we'll help, and we can guarantee them a college education," explained Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
The second day of Obama's tour is a stop at Binghamton University. The campus is recognized for achievement, while offering the lower cost of a state university.
"Providing an affordable education and a very high quality education for students is one of our features," noted Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger.
There are still many unanswered questions regarding the President's visit though.
Congressman Dan Maffei has a standing invitation for the President to visit the Harriet Tubman Home. There is also speculation about a possible presidential stop at the New York State Fair.
There is also a question about the impact on the major highways around the region, including the Thruway, Route 690, and Route 81.
"Patience. I would be very patient. Be cognizant of it. They will shut down roads. And they will shut them down for as long as they need to," said Miner.