CHAPPAQUA, N.Y -- Shortly before Hillary Clinton's book signing at the Chappaqua Library started, several individuals across the street showed up either in support or in opposition to her.
The folks were either stationed at New Castle Town Hall's front lawn or on a sidewalk along South Greeley Avenue in downtown Chappaqua.
Several people held up signs from the group Ready for Hillary, which encourages her to run for president for the 2016 election.
Ann Romanello, a Norwalk, Conn., resident who was one of the Ready for Hillary supporters present, explained that they want to have her sign their books and to show support. Discussing an initiative from the group, Romanello discussing collecting names and contact information from people, which could be used to help Clinton if she choose to run for president.
Fellow supporter Gabe Funck, a Rye resident, was glad to be present.
“I think it's exciting” she said.
Several folks who wore Ready for Hillary stickers were spotted inside the library at the signing event.
Protestors who showed up came due to various issues. For example, some came to criticize her handling of the 2012 deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, which happened when she was secretary of state. The Benghazi incident, which became a major news story since then. One of the critics present, North Salem's Howard Hellwinkel, felt that she lied.
Another group showed up to protest the military use of drones, with a large model of a drone displayed across from the library. Among those with the group was Hastings-on-Hudson resident Nick Mottern, a coordinator for called KnowDrones.com, which is critical of the usage.
Not everyone was present for a political purpose. Chappaqua resident Dawn Greeberg had a tenant on the town hall lawn for promotion for the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, which is in September and will feature an array of authors. Greenberg mentioned the peacefulness of those present, bringing up the lack of yelling at each other. She also said it's a “very divided country right now.”
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