Diary: Chappaqua welcome wagon gets caught in traffic jam

When Rich Roher, head of Roher Public Relations, is asked whether he would describe himself as a good neighbor, he responds, ’Oh, sure.

When Rich Roher, head of Roher Public Relations, is asked whether he would describe himself as a good neighbor, he responds, ’Oh, sure.

When Rich Roher, head of Roher Public Relations, is asked whether

he would describe himself as a good neighbor, he responds, ’Oh,

sure.



Absolutely.’ His neighborly spirit, however, is about to be tested by

the new family on his block: the Clintons.



Roher, who moved to Chappaqua in 1988, isn’t buying into the hype - ’I’m

going to skip the jokes about Clinton living half a mile away from the

local high school’ - but thinks that the community will learn to deal

with the commotion.



’A lot of it is the media driving by the house and blocking the street

with satellite trucks,’ he said, noting a sudden sharp increase in

people walking dogs on his street.



Still, Roher - a Democrat, for the record - sees considerable upside in

the Clintons coming to town. For one, property values are likely to

skyrocket. Also, from an image perspective, he noted that their presence

’certainly makes Chappaqua appear like a nice place to live, which it

is.’ So the arrival of the Clintons means good PR for the village? ’It’s

probably more PR than we need, to be honest.’



It’s not as if Chappaqua, a quiet suburb of New York that Roher

describes as ’family-oriented, but not in the Newt Gingrich sense,’

doesn’t already boast its share of celebrities, with singer/actress

Vanessa Williams and Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy calling the town home.

Still, most residents concede that the Clintons are a different level of

celebrity. ’It depends on what your politics are, I guess,’ Roher

said.



When asked whether Hillary will become New York’s next senator, Roher

laughs. ’You won’t get me to answer that one.’



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