Tenney Postpones Norwich Visit After Protest Threat

By: Grady Thompson

NORWICH – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R–New Hartford) has postponed two visits to Norwich in the last week, one due to scheduling conflicts and the other due to the potential of protesters presenting a public safety issue for the city.

City of Norwich Mayor Christine Carnrike announced Coffee & Desserts with Claudia scheduled to take place Sunday at the Norwich Firehouse, but due to the possibility of protesters blocking emergency service vehicles at the firehouse, the event was postponed.

Carnrike said, "You're never sure how big an event is going to be, but unfortunately [Tenney] does have her detractors. And that's fine, that's free speech, but if they're going to be disruptive and cause an issue for public safety, we aren't going to allow that."

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Carnrike also alluded to threats of violence being made leading up to the event, but said she could not confirm any threats and that that detail came from Tenney's campaign.

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