Clinton Nuptials: NY Town Ready For Better & Worse
RHINEBECK, N.Y. (CBS 2) — The veil of mystery is slowly lifting on Chelsea Clinton’s Saturday wedding in upstate New York.
On Thursday, the New York State Police and Federal Aviation Administration confirmed security measures for the big event.
Rhinebeck is a Dutchess County community excited to be hosting the marriage of a political princess.
Anticipating the union of Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky – the little village is prepared “for better” and “for worse.”
“There are other people saying it’s gonna cause a big disruption,” said resident Victor Wack.
Wack is rescheduling weekend errands given the throngs of tourists and media.
“I will do ‘em today,” he said.
The wedding is front page news and big business for the local paper, which usually prints 4,000 thousand copies a week. This week it has had 10,000 copies rolling off the presses.
“I can’t even describe what it’s like. It’s amazing. You cannot pay for this kind of publicity,” said Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce member Nancy Amy.
The chamber of commerce director is busy helping tourists — like some CBS 2 HD met from Canada who’d never heard of Rhinebeck until Chelsea chose it for her wedding.
“We saw it in the papers in New York City, and here we are,” said Peter Ward of Toronto. “(It’s a) beautiful little city, little town, really nice.”
We met some 20-somethings who popped over from Sullivan County hoping to spy the bride.
“I’d like to get a sight of Chelsea and Bill and Hillary, and get their autographs,” said Melissa Stefanuk of Bethel, N.Y.
That’s not likely given the level of security at the lavish Astor Courts Estate where the wedding tent is already up.
“We expect a significant influx of people and vehicles into the Rhinebeck area,” said Maj. Mike Kopy of the New York State Police.
State police are preparing to detour traffic and limit parking, but they don’t anticipate major delays getting in or out of the little village preparing for the big wedding.
The FAA is restricting air traffic over Rhinebeck — from Saturday afternoon until early Sunday morning.
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