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Jeffery Kraham, Former Broome County Exec, Passes From Cancer

By Fox 40 News Staff.
Former Broome County Executive Jeffrey Kraham passed away Friday after a two year battle with cancer. He was 66.

"My dad was smart, creative and had the best sense of humor. His legacy will be not only the achievements during his lifetime, but the actions of those, like me, he inspired to work toward something bigger than themselves," said Binghamton Deputy Mayor, Jared Kraham.

Kraham served as a Broome County Executive from 1997 to 2004.

During his tenure, Kraham built what is now know as the Jeffrey P. Kraham Public Library, and help to modernize Broome County's airport, courthouse and criminal justice building.

Kraham worked with Mayor Richard Bucci to land the $25 million Binghamton University Downtown center project, which kicked off the last decade of downtown revitalization.

Along with these and many other accomplishments with the county, Kraham served in the U.S. army reserves from 1969-1974.

Kraham got his start here in Broome County as a 1967 graduate of Chenango Valley High School and received his B.A in business from Binghamton University in 1977.

"Deeply saddened by the passing of former County Executive Jeff Kraham. He was a great man who cared for his community. He fought a very courageous battle against cancer and my deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his family. This is a sad day for the people of Broome County," said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston via Facebook.

"I remember Jeff to be somebody who was a visionary, and somebody who accomplished a great deal for Broome County and the Southern Tier of New York, whether it was working with a coalition of elected officials to secure the $30 million downtown Binghamton University community center, whether it was expansions to the airport or the arena. Jeff Kraham was somebody who knew how to get the job done," said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

"You know, the library was a major project for him. It was one that was on the drawing board for a number of years and he shepherded that to fruition, and as a result the Broome County legislature just named the library after him. Fortunately he had the opportunity to see that before he passed away, that was a tribute to moving a project that for a number of years was stalled, and I think it was because of his creativity, and his determined efforts to build a consensus. He helped make that a reality, and I think that is an underpinning of who he was and what he was about," said former Binghamton Mayor Rich Bucci.