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Broome County to host New York State Legion Convention

Binghamton, NY – Nearly a thousand people will come to Broome County this summer to take part in the 98th annual New York State American Legion Convention, as well as the 96th annual New York State Auxiliary Convention and the 42nd annual Sons of the American Legion Convention.

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined Broome County Legislature Chairman Dan Reynolds and other Legislators, Binghamton Mayor Rich David, Broome County Director of Veterans Services Brian Vojtisek and American Legion Convention Chairman Frank Konopka to announce those three conventions will take place from Thursday, July 13th through Saturday, July 16th.

“We are thrilled to welcome hundreds and hundreds of veterans to our community to host this event for the 4th time since 1999,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “Not only will this be a large economic boost, but it shows people from around the state how much we care about our Veterans.”

Convention Chairman Frank Konopka expects around a thousand people and has already booked most of the hotel rooms in downtown Binghamton to accommodate the guests.

“We welcome the opportunity to host the 98th annual American Legion Convention in Broome County,” Konopka says.  “We know that people enjoyed their visit back in 2011 and we hope to show them the same great time or event better time this year.”

The Holiday Inn in Downtown Binghamton, along with the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena will serve as the headquarters for the Legion Convention.

The Arena Board has graciously waived the rental fee for the Arena, saving the convention thousands of dollars in costs.

The Doubletree by Hilton in Binghamton will serve as the headquarters for the Auxiliary and the Quality Inn and Suites in Vestal will serve as the headquarters for the Sons of the American Legion convention.

“There’s no better place to hold this statewide Convention and recognize the contributions of our Veterans, than right here at our very own Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena,” said Chairman Daniel Reynolds. “As a member of the Arena Board of Directors I was glad we were able to waive the rental fee for our Veterans. We take great pride in helping and honoring our Veterans in the community, from the new DAV Van, to the Honor Flights, the Legislature’s Annual Veterans of Distinction Ceremony and helping secure the statewide convention is another example of one of the many things Broome County is doing to support our Veterans.”

"We're a community that respects and values our veterans, and having so many distinguished individuals come to Binghamton for the state American Legion convention is a bright spot for both the City and the Southern Tier," says Binghamton Mayor Richard C. David. 

Some of the planned highlights of this year’s convention include a parade on Friday night, starting at American Legion Post 80 on Main Street in Binghamton and going to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

The B.C. Transit Trolly will also be available to take the guests on a tour of the carousels in Broome County, known as the Carousel Capital of the World.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the great features we have to offer in Broome County,” says Preston.  “Our guests will be eating in our restaurants, shopping in our stores, visiting our parks and much more.”

This convention will take place the weekend following the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, which is another economic boost to the community.

 

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03/07/2016 - 2:25pm