Local and state police have been working together to plan for this weekend's "private event" in Rhinebeck. They referred all security issues to the Secret Service and all event questions to a Clinton spokesperson. But our Beth Croughan found out how the event will affect the people of Rhinebeck.
RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- The airspace over the Astor Estate is restricted Saturday afternoon and as of Friday, some roads might be off limits too.
"We have been contacted by the Secret Service with regards to an official visit," said Major Michael Kopy of the New York State Police.
A former president and the current Secretary of State are expected to attend the wedding of their daughter Saturday evening in Rhinebeck. So how will Chelsea Clinton tying the knot affect the locals?
"I do not expect that the road closures will have any significant impact on traffic as a number of alternate routes will be readily available," said Kopy.
But he strongly suggested anyone driving in Rhinebeck to allow for extra travel time. And signs are already up regarding parking restrictions in the village.
"We were at a store over, around the corner. It was a problem. We were going to go there and we had to park over here," explained Sally Barraco of Rhinebeck.
Major Kopy said the extra police coverage would not incur any additional overtime costs, but they've rearranged the schedules of troopers in four counties.
"What we are doing is working with the community to ensure that the traffic flows through as best as possible so that the residents of the community can enjoy their weekend," said Kopy.
A weekend where they'll have to plan ahead.
"We're going to have a little parking issue I think on Friday night, but as I said, it's temporary," said Barraco.
And it could have been a bigger issue, as President Obama told the ladies of the View, "I am not going and I have to say it would be tough enough having one president at a wedding, you don't want two at a wedding."
The New York State Police, along with the Dutchess County Sheriff's office will also have patrols on the river. Major Kopy said public safety is their primary concern.
And regarding the no-fly zone, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome's Saturday show will take place as planned at 2 p.m., but biplanes will be re-routed away from the restricted flight area during passenger rides.
The Vice President of the Aerodome said folks signing up for a ride Saturday should not expect a birds-eye-view of the Clinton wedding. Sunday's show and rides will not be affected at all.