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New Sign on County Office Building

(Binghamton, NY) Broome County teams up with the family of Edwin L. Crawford, to unveil a new sign on the Edwin L. Crawford County Office Building.

County Executive Debbie Preston was joined by Legislator Karl Bernhardsen and members of Ed Crawford’s family to real the brand new sign which was purchased and installed by Crawford’s grandchildren.

“I cannot thank the Crawford family enough for their generous donation to our building and community,” said County Executive Preston. “This beautiful sign will hang for years to come, as a reminder of Crawford’s commitment to making our region a better place to live, work and thrive.”

“It’s remarkable to see that the impact our grandfather had on this area is still felt so many years later,” said Crawford’s grandson J. Nicholas Slottje. “I’m truly honored to contribute to his name and memory being preserved in the place he dedicated so much of his life to.”

Edwin Crawford was elected as the first County Executive in 1968, holding the position until 1976. His efforts, while in office, were mostly geared towards modernizing county governments throughout New York State, which he began right here in Broome County.

Crawford is responsible for authoring the Broome County Charter and was instrumental in building the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Continuing his dedication to the counties of New York, Edwin Crawford served as Executive Director of the New York State Director of Counties.

He died in 1993.

“Leadership was one of the most memorable traits of Ed Crawford,” said County Legislator Karl Bernhardsen (Binghamton). “Whether it was spearheading the chartering of county government, overseeing the building of the Arena or securing the Forum Theater, Crawford showed drive and leadership. It is this leadership that we are continuing to commemorate with new signage for the Edwin L. Crawford County Office Building.”

Crawford’s two eldest grandchildren J. Nicholas and Spencer Slottje undertook this project and made the contribution for this new sign in honor of his 90th birthday, which he would have celebrated this year.


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11/10/2015 - 12:05pm