Obama-mania has hit Coney Island.
At last week’s meeting of Community Board 13, held at Coney Island Hospital, board member Eddie Brumfield said what many Brooklynites are thinking.
“I need two tickets to the inauguration,” he told Rob Gottheim, district director for Rep. Jerrold Nadler.
“Inauguration is huge. We have gotten so many requests for tickets,” Gottheim explained.
In the few weeks since Barack Obama won the presidential election, thousands of constituents have called Nadler’s office to ask for tickets to the inauguration in Washington D.C. on January 20.
“I would say that we’ve gotten maybe 8,000 to 10,000 requests,” Gottheim said.
In distributing the tickets to the public, Nadler’s office is following the lead of Senator Charles Schumer, who is raffling off tickets.
To win tickets, people can visit Nadler’s Web site, www.house.
“There’s a form that you can fill out,” Gottheim explained.
But he warned that those interested in attending the inauguration may have trouble planning their trips.
“If you want to get there, you should leave now,” Gottheim said. “There are no hotel rooms left in Washington D.C. The trains are filling up. I heard that there’s no hotels in Baltimore.”
Some Baltimore and Washington D.C. residents are following the laws of supply and demand and renting their homes for thousands of dollars a night.
“My daughter has an apartment in Baltimore for $800. Seriously!” announced Community Board 13 member Ronald Stewart.
“It’s historic,” Gottheim said of the inauguration, “but the best seat will probably be from your home.”
–Michèle De Meglio
©2008 Community News Group
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