High security, traffic to surround Hofstra for debate

As all eyes turn to Hofstra University for Wednesday?s final presidential debate, News 12 Long Island takes a look at what hassles are to be expected. Wednesday?s debate is the first presidential debate

News 12 Staff

Oct 13, 2008, 10:52 PM

Updated 5,761 days ago

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As all eyes turn to Hofstra University for Wednesday?s final presidential debate, News 12 Long Island takes a look at what hassles are to be expected.
Wednesday?s debate is the first presidential debate being held on Long Island and major preparations are under way across campus. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will face off in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.
Nassau Detective Sgt. Anthony Repalone says county police will be looking at any transportation facilities or major hotels that could be vulnerable to safety issues. Increased security is a part of the plan to combat any such problems.
University officials also want to make sure everything goes off as it should and that its students are minimally affected by the debate. "What's important here is that [the] campus continues to run as smooth as possible, that students have access to it while accommodating our guests and recognizing that this kind of event has very strict securities,? Hofstra University Relations Vice President Melissa Connolly says.
A traffic advisory has already been put into effect for Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m. Officials say no commercial traffic will be allowed on Hempstead Turnpike between Oak Street and Merrick Avenue; only passenger vehicles will be allowed through. Earl Ovington Boulevard will be closed to all traffic between Hempstead Turnpike and Charles Lindbergh Boulevard. Officials say it may be best to avoid the whole area Wednesday.
Classes are canceled at Hofstra the day of the debate.
Watch a video log of PresidentialDebate events by Hofstra journalism student Jaymes Langrehr.
Hofstra University


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