County to Host American Legion State Convention in 2020

(BINGHAMTON, NY) Broome County officials along with Visit Binghamton announced today that Broome County will be hosting the 102nd annual American Legion Department of New York State Convention. The convention will be held July 16-18, 2020.

Among those present for the announcement included County Executive Jason Garnar, County Legislature Chairman Daniel J. Reynolds, Legislator Ron Heebner, County Clerk Joseph Milhalko, Binghamton Mayor Rich David, County Director of Veterans Services Brian Vojtisek, Arena Director Chris Marion, Convention Chairman Robert Gardner and Judi Hess from Visit Binghamton.

The convention is expected to attract more than 1,000 people to Broome County. Visit Binghamton estimates the economic impact to be $875,000.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar stated, “It is incredibly important that we support our veterans, therefore, I consider it such an honor that Broome County has been selected for the 7th time to host the American Legion Department of New York State Convention in 2020. The event will bring over 1,000 people to Broome County, allowing them to experience Broome County’s great restaurants, businesses, and people.”

"We're excited to announce that over 1,000 American Legion members and guests will be coming to Broome County for the 2020 New York State Convention," said Legislature Chairman Daniel J. Reynolds. "Thank you to Convention Chairman Robert Gardner and Judi Hess from Visit Binghamton for all their hard work to make this a reality."

The 2020 location was selected at this year’s conference held in July in Rochester. Staff from Visit Binghamton attended along with representative from local hotels to make a formal presentation to become the host site and Visit Binghamton was selected as the winning bid. Westchester also was vying to host the 2020 convention.

Judi Hess, of Visit Binghamton said, “Visit Binghamton is so proud of our team who won the bid to host the 2020 American Legion State Convention. 2020 will mark the group’s 7th convention in Binghamton since their inception in 1919.”

"I'd like to congratulate Visit Binghamton on working hard and bringing the 2020 American Legion Convention to our region," said Senator Fred Akshar. "This convention will draw nearly 1,000 members of the Armed Forces and veterans to our area and they'll see first-hand the wonderful businesses and communities we have in the Southern Tier."

At the 2020 convention, the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena will be used for the opening session.

“It’s an honor for Binghamton to host the 2020 American Legion Convention, especially given our area’s rich history of veteran service members and active local posts,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “The hard work of the Convention and Visitors Bureau was critical in landing this convention, which will bring more than 1,000 individuals to our community. Our local hospitality industry and vibrant downtown businesses will welcome this boost in economic activity.”

The following hotels will be used as headquarters hotels: Holiday Inn Binghamton, DoubleTree by Hilton, the Best Western Plus JC and LaQuinta. Additional hotels will be used for overflow.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo recently stated, “I am thrilled that Binghamton has been chosen to host the 2020 American Legion Convention. With 1,000 visitors expected, we can showcase all of what the Binghamton area has to offer. The economic impact of this event will be substantial, adding to the overall revitalization of the City. As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 1700, Endicott, I am especially proud to welcome these Legion members and their families.”

At the annual convention in Rochester, local Legionnaire Robert (Bob) Gardner from American Legion Post 974 in Whitney Point was presented with the “Legionnaire of the Year” award. Gardner will be the Convention Chair for the Broome County event in 2020.

Broome County last hosted the convention in 2016.

08/07/2018 - 4:15pm