Area residents could have a chance to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama by entering a statewide lottery conducted by Sen. Charles Schumer’s office.
Schumer announced the lottery Thursday, saying that he has received requests for tickets from constituents across the state.
“I am thrilled to see the early excitement from New Yorkers all over the state who would like to attend the momentous swearing in of President Obama for his second term,” Schumer said in the release. “The statewide lottery will provide hundreds of New Yorkers the opportunity to experience history as they attend the president’s swearing-in ceremony outside of the United States Capital. As a chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, I am glad that several New York businesses will be among those providing top-of-the-line refreshments and entertainment at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, and now New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enter a lottery through my office to receive tickets to this historic event.”
Schumer’s office will distribute tickets during a random drawing that will be held Dec. 14.
The deadline to submit requests will be Dec. 13, with requests only being accepted through Schumer’s website.
Tickets for the swearing-in ceremony are only provided through Congressional offices and are free of charge.
To enter, New Yorkers should go to www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/inauguration.cfm, and fill out the entry form. Entrants will be asked to submit their name and address.
Two tickets will be given to each lottery winner, and winners will be notified personally after the lottery is held.
Schumer noted that only the names of the winners could be made public.
Schumer is the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which oversees the swearing in ceremonies. Members of JCCIC are appointed by the vice president and the speaker of the House. For more information, visit www.schumer.senate.gov or www.inaugural.senate.gov.