Associated Press
January 4, 2000

First Lady Starts Move to New York


If her kitchen chairs have arrived, can Hillary Clinton be far behind?

Six weeks after she unofficially announced her candidacy for New York's U.S. Senate seat, two moving vans loaded with rolled-up rugs, kitchen chairs, a mattress and assorted boxes arrived at the Clintons' new $1.7 million Westchester County home on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.

Mrs. Clinton was expected at the house Wednesday to begin emptying the boxes and to spend her first night there, said Karen Finney, a member of her campaign staff.

The first lady hopes to move in by the end of next week, and President Clinton is planning to visit here at the same time, Finney said.

Mrs. Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee for the Senate seat opened by Daniel Patrick Moynihan's retirement, has said she plans to cut back on White House duties and spend most of her time in New York state this year. New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is expected to be her Republican opponent.

The Clintons plan to live in the white, three-story frame house when the president leaves office in January 2001. They signed a deal to buy the house last September.

Two of Mrs. Clinton's friends, including a decorator, were at the house Tuesday to supervise the unloading of the 26-foot trucks. Most of the items had been kept in storage in suburban Virginia although some were from the White House, Finney said.

The move was paid for by the Clintons, she added.

The Clintons have been waiting for the Secret Service to finish security work before moving in. Security precautions approved by local officials included an 8-foot-tall fence around the property and construction of a small gatehouse at the end of the driveway.

Neither was in place Tuesday. Instead of the guardhouse, a phone sat on a rock at the bottom of the driveway.

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