By Mark Gerlach
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s helicopter is slated to land at the New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson on Sunday, April 17 before he heads to a rally at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, Republican officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.
Trump is expected to arrive around 6 p.m. The NYMA visit isn’t a rally. Trump is expected to land, say a quick hello and then head to Poughkeepsie where he is reportedly set to take the stage around 7 p.m.
Donald Trump’s NYMA stop is said to be a private, invitation-only event, according to Cornwall Police Chief Todd Hazard.
“It’s a brief stop, not a rally,” said Orange County Republican Chairwoman Courtney Greene.
“I’m excited to have presidential candidate Donald Trump stop in Orange County,” Greene said. “It’s an exciting year for the country, and we’re so happy to have New York State be a big part of this election.”
NYMA is Trump’s alma mater. He graduated in 1964, and received an Alumni of Distinction award from the school in 1998. NYMA is located at 78 Academy Ave.
Trump has a “nostalgic feeling” for the area, as well as local ties, Cornwall Republican Chairwoman Jeanne LaBarge said.
“It’s magnificent that he wants to stop by and say ‘hello,'” LaBarge said. “It’s a nice gesture. He definitely feels some connection to this area.”
The New York presidential primary will be held on Tuesday, April 19. Voters must be registered as either a Democrat or Republican in order to vote in their respective party (e.g., registered Democrats can only vote in the Democratic primary). The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.