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Paladino heading local effort to aid Trump in New Hampshire

Buffalo area supporters of Donald Trump will trek through the snows of New Hampshire next week, drumming up support for his presidential bid, and they will get there in a bus caravan organized by Carl P. Paladino and two area assemblymen.

Paladino will be joined by Republican Assemblymen David J. DiPietro of East Aurora and Bill Nojay of Pittsford. They are traveling to the Granite State along with volunteers who sign up for a Feb. 4-6 excursion for rallies, knocking on doors, distributing literature and whatever is needed days before the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary, where Trump is leading in polls.

Paladino’s efforts to support Trump don’t stop there. The 2010 GOP candidate for New York governor said he hopes to organize a massive rally for Trump in Buffalo, possibly in the First Niagara Center, in advance of New York’s April 19 primary.

“We probably won’t begin talking about that for another month,” he said.

Paladino told The Buffalo News earlier this month that he believes Trump can follow the example of his own campaign for governor in 2010, which he said mirrors the current Trump effort. He said it will prove attractive to New York Republicans again in April, and now calls a Trump victory in New York a “foregone conclusion.”

“Trump will not only win the primary in New York, he wins its electoral votes too,” Paladino said in a bold prediction for the overwhelmingly Democratic Empire State.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Erie County Elections Commissioner Leonard R. Lenihan said he plans to head to Iowa this weekend to aid the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. The former longtime Erie County Democratic chairman said his contacts within the Clinton campaign have asked him to assist in a number of get-out-the-vote activities in anticipation of Monday’s presidential caucus.