County Executive Preston announces "I have lung cancer"


I want to share some personal information about my health and my future before you hear it anywhere else.


Following many tests over the last two months, I’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer.


Before we go any further, let me make a few things crystal clear. I’m not dying, and I’m not leaving office. Physically and mentally, I feel great.


Paul and I lost our home twice to floods. I stayed on the job as Town Supervisor then, always putting the people first. And I plan to stay on the job now, just like I did then.


I’m working with my doctors to determine the best procedure for treatment going forward. It may involve surgery and it may involve ongoing chemotherapy or other treatments. When we come to a definitive plan for treatment, I’ll share more details.


My family have been great with their support during this tough past couple of months. My Deputies, Bijoy and John, have also done a great job helping me get through this, along with support from my Department Heads and entire staff.


A good friend recently started calling me “The Scrapper”. And that’s the mentality I’m taking heading into this fight.


I’ve never backed down from a fight in my life. I’ve won some and I’ve lost some. But I’ve certainly won more than I’ve lost. And this fight against cancer is one that I intend to win.


We have a lot left to accomplish, and we’re going to be around for quite a while – even if it means I have to Skype in for a meeting from time to time.


Thanks for your support and hard work for the people of Broome County.




04/24/2014 - 11:16am