Obama's NYC Visit Expected to Snarl West Side Traffic Monday

By Alan Neuhauser on May 14, 2012 8:56am 

President Barack Obama met with members of the FDNY at the Engine 54 firehouse on May 5, 2011, in New York City.
President Barack Obama met with members of the FDNY at the Engine 54 firehouse on May 5, 2011, in New York City.
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NEW YORK — It's become a regular event that will doubtless continue until November — a New York presidential visit and the traffic nightmare that goes along with it.

Roads are expected to be clogged on Manhattan's West Side Monday afternoon, as Barack Obama delivers a commencement address at Barnard College in Morningside Heights, then attends a $5,000-a-ticket fundraiser in Chelsea with the LGBT Leadership Council, according to the White House press office and ABC New York.

Due to security concerns, neither the White House nor the NYPD has confirmed which streets will be affected by the president's visit.

The commencement ceremony was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., according to Barnard's website.

The LGBT Leadership Council reception, reportedly hosted by openly-gay pop singer Ricky Martin, was set for 3:30 p.m. at the Rubin Museum of Art on West 17th Street at Seventh Avenue, Broadway World reported on its website.

Obama has become a regular fixture of New York's fundraising circuit as he ramps up his 2012 election campaign.

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