NY Delegates Arrive at DNC
CHARLOTTE, NC (WENY) -- The Democratic National Convention is now in full swing in Charlotte. The Twin Tiers delegation made its way onto the convention floor today, ahead of tonight's speech by First Lady, Michelle Obama.
"Everyone's fired up and ready to go so to speak," said Hornell Mayor, Shawn Hogan. It's the fourth Democratic convention he's attended.
"I think 2008 was really a history-making convention. Our nominee was the first African-American to be nominated for president," Hogan said.
Now, President Obama has a four-year record to run on. Hogan says the president has worked hard to turn the economy around, but he needs more time.
"He had 27 straight months of job growth, he's implemented an affordable health care plan, and really helped many millions of people. Now it's time to continue what he started," Hogan said.
From the veteran to the newbie -- Alicia Hare, wife of former Elmira mayor and councilman Jim Hare, is making her first DNC appearance as a delegate. She's also a member of the Hispanic caucus, and she hopes to take back what she learns to the Southern Tier.
"How to get out the vote - particularly women, senior citizens, and minorities," said Hare.
Both Hare and Hogan are looking forward to getting into the Time Warner Cable Arena for the first time tonight to hear First Lady Michelle Obama's big primetime speech.
"I'm particularly interested with her helping military families, because my son is in the military, and they need help," explained Hare.
"She's very concerned about the young people of our nation, and her initiative about get moving and staying fit," Hogan said.
New York Democratic leaders - including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy, and Senator Chuck Schumer spoke to the delegation this morning about party unity.