Written by By M.A. Emmanuele, for CNN
Refined, northern Long Island is home to some of the wealthiest people in the U.S. Manhasset is home to Paramount Studios and NBC’s “The Office.” The population of 7,227 is a combination of renters and homeowners, while nearby Wantagh has seen a few timeshare projects open its doors to the masses.
So, it should come as no surprise that Manhasset was one of the first places Donald Trump knocked on doors to launch his presidential campaign.
“When I moved here, I remember thinking, ‘Gee, this is unusual,'” said one resident.
“Honestly, Trump playing the hero on the streets — it was like, oh, what a strange thing to happen here,” she said.
Now, the populist has returned the favor, the Manhasset Patch reports.
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Trump has given verbal support to five developments in the town, as well as a million-dollar pledge to raise police salaries.
“It’s not the first time he has come to Manhasset,” said resident Susan Strugar. “In fact, that entire block is named Trump Avenue. It’s really quite a unique thing to have someone like that support the small town.”
Another local, Ross Johnstone, described how Trump has inspired: “Last month, we celebrated our one-year anniversary of White Light, the move-in discounts. In that one year, there have been thousands of people moving in.”
More than half the residents of Manhasset live in the vicinity of North and Third Avenues. The Rockville Centre School District, where most of them send their children to school, is welcoming in some 2,500 new students this fall.