Presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Donald Trump have announced plans to host rallies in upstate New York this week.
Sanders will hold both a rally at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton this Monday morning and an event at Alumni Arena in Buffalo later that day.
Trump plans to visit Syracuse on April 16 — although the location of the rally has not yet been released — and rally at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center and a venue in Rochester on April 17, according to syracuse.com.
These campaign stops are several on the candidates’ tours of New York before the state’s primary voting begins on April 19, according to PressConnects.
Thus far, the Sanders is the only candidate scheduled to visit Binghamton — where he taught a Masters course called “Affluence and Crisis,” on wealth inequality at Binghamton University in 1990, according to Binghamton University.
Donald Bazley, a volunteer for the Ithaca and Tompkins County for Bernie Sanders Campaign, said he believes Sanders will discuss economic hardships facing prevalent in upstate New York.
“I predict that in both places he will address the trade policies that have taken jobs away from those cities, that once had thriving industries,” Bazley said.
Sanders’ announced stop in Binghamton follows a petition circulated in Ithaca last week urging the candidates to visit Cornell, which garnered over 3,000 signatures in under a week.
However, Gus Dusenberry, an Ithaca resident, said this week that he recognizes that Sanders may need to focus his attention on larger cities in upstate New York ahead of primary voting.
Republican frontrunner Trump will be introduced in Syracuse by two of his New York campaign co-chairs, Onondaga County Republican Party Chair Tom Dadey (R-NY) and county clerk Lisa Dell, syracuse.com reported.
In an interview with CNN in February, Trump asserted his popularity in upstate New York.
“In upstate New York, I’m like the most popular person that has ever lived, virtually,” Trump told CNN. “They’re great friends of mine.”
Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) endorsed Trump for president last month, becoming one the first members of New York’s congressional delegation to publicly support the candidate.
The doors for the Sanders’ rally will open at 9 a.m. and Sanders is expected to arrive at 11 a.m. according to News 12. The event is free and open to the public. Details for Trump’s rallies are still being released.