Lawmakers looking forward to Obama visit

By Kelly McCarthy

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 1:07 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Excitement is building for President Barack Obama's visit to the Southern Tier, especially with area lawmakers.

Many are expected to be in attendance Friday during a town hall-style meeting on the Binghamton University campus, including Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, Broome County Executive Debbie Preston and state Sen. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton.

"I want to make it very clear that many of the president's policies I do not agree with, but he's the president, he's coming to Binghamton and I look forward to attending," said Libous.

Ryan said he hopes to appeal to the president about one hot-button issue in New York.

"I will probably present him with a letter concerning my position on fracking," said Ryan, "But more importantly he's here to talk about education and what better place to go than Binghamton University."

Both Libous and Preston also want to talk hydrofracking with the president, and hope he can convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo to begin the natural gas drilling process in New York state.

Also attending will be Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., state Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, and town supervisors Rose Sotak and John Schaffer.