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Bill Clinton expected to speak in Dutchess County

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Former president Bill Clinton is expected to make an appearance in Dutchess County on Friday in front of a sold out crowd. YNN's Michael Howard has the story.

RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- It’s been three years since former president Bill Clinton made his way through Rhinebeck. The last time, many locals remember was for his daughter Chelsea’s wedding.

Friday, the 42nd president is expected to speak on the grounds of the OMEGA Center for Sustainable Living.

“There will be a collection of people who are working to really demonstrate how we can make change now,” said CEO of the OMEGA Institute, Skip Backus.

Clinton will speak during the center’s “Where we go From Here Event” in front of a sold out crowd on campus. He's expected to talk about the Clinton Foundation, with goals to improve global health, strengthen economies and protect the environment.

“He's certainly probably one of the best people that I know of that can take a very intricate interwoven problem and distill it down into a clear understanding for everyone,” said Backus. “So we’re very excited to have him come and tell us where we’re at in a way.”

After or before his speech, it’s unknown where he may go. Some in town are hoping he’ll take a walk down East Market Street and maybe even get a bite to eat.

“It would be fun to see him come in here and see the crowd follow him,” said Focal Foods owner John Dorrer.

Dorrer is the owner of Focal Foods and Deli and says a visit from the 42nd president would be big for business, as well as an unforgettable memory.

“C’mon in and eat, I would love to make something for him from scratch.”

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