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Donald Trump will be on LI Wednesday for GOP fundraiser

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, speaks

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, speaks at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

Donald Trump will drop in on Long Island for the third time in about a month, headlining a $200-a-plate fundraiser Wednesday for Nassau Republicans.

The presumptive GOP nominee, fresh off claiming delegates in West Virginia and Nebraska in Tuesday’s primaries, will attend the local GOP’s annual Patriots’ Reception at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

The elbow rubbing goes from 6 to 9 p.m., and while a traffic alert from Nassau police Tuesday did not mention Trump’s name, it warned of “significant police activity” and intermittent road closures from 2 to 10 p.m. on Jericho Turnpike between Woodbury Road and Round Swamp Road.

Nassau GOP leader Joseph Mondello endorsed Trump weeks before the candidate’s first Long Island rally, held April 6 with more than 9,000 inside the Grumman Studios in Bethpage.

Mondello had called the front-runner “the leader that our nation needs at this time.” Trump reciprocated at the rally by singling out the party chief with thanks, calling him “Big Joe.”

A week later, Trump raised money for Suffolk Republicans in his second visit to the Island, at a $150-per-person affair at The Emporium, a nightclub and music venue in Patchogue. The event stirred up controversy because it was near where Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero was murdered in 2008, and more than 120 people protested there against Trump’s stances on immigration.

Trump’s campaign could not be reached early Wednesday for comments on the visit.

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