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President Obama set to speak in Albany

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ALBANY, N.Y. - President Barack Obama will be speaking at the UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Tuesday, but with the excitement of his visit, comes a traffic headache, both in the air and on the roads.

Air Force One touched down in Albany at approximately 11:50 a.m. to Albany Airport. Congressman Paul Tonko is with President Obama.

As Obama toured CNSE, the college's Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Alain E. Kaloyeros spoke, welcoming the President to the region.

GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha also gave opening remarks, followed by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Governor Andrew Cuomo officially introducing President Obama.


The Secret Service shut down the entire route around where the President is speaking for security reasons from the hours of 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Interstate-90 will be closed in both directions between the Thruway Exit 24 toll plaza and Exit 4 in Albany. Southbound traffic from the Northway will be able to access the Thruway through Exit 24 during this closure.

Washington Avenue Extension will be closed from the Exit 2 (UAlbany) on-ramp to Crossgates Mall. And Fuller Road from Great Dane Avenue to Railroad Avenue will be closed, as well as local roads in the surrounding area, at different times throughout the late morning and early afternoon Tuesday.

As for the roads that will be shut down for his motorcade to and from the airport, that will not be released for security reasons; even local police will not know until he arrives.

CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex is a fully-integrated research, development, prototyping, and educational facility that provides strategic support through outreach, technology acceleration, business incubation, pilot prototyping, and test-based integration support for onsite corporate partners such as IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, and Applied Materials.

Due to logistical reasons that were unclear, the President's event will no longer be held at GlobalFoundries in Malta, as originally planned. But, representatives from GlobalFoundries will join the President at CNSE. Governor Cuomo will also join the President on Tuesday.

Air Force One is expected to arrive in Albany at 11:45 a.m. and take off at 2:30 p.m. The event at CNSE is scheduled to begin at 1:35 p.m.

This is President Obama's third visit to the Capital Region since taking office. In 2009, he toured and spoke at Hudson Valley Community College. Then in 2011, he made a stop at General Electric to tour the turbine factory.

Watch full coverage of Obama's visit on NEWS10 ABC starting at 11:30 a.m.

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