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Rod Serling Day Proclaimed In Broome County

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

July 6, 2018 is officially Rod Serling Day in Broome County. The proclamation was presented to the Rod Serling Foundation by County Executive Jason Garnar on Friday during SerlingFest in Binghamton.

It's no secret the major contributions the Twilight Zone creator has made in television, radio, and film. Garnar says it's important to honor one of our own who has done so much.

"He's iconic, he's Hollywood, and he grew up right here in Binghamton in Broome County, so I think that it's just wonderful that we have a weekend of events to commemorate him, his works, and all the wonderful ideas that he had. Just to celebrate him," says Garnar.

Serling's daughter Anne Serling was on hand for the proclamation.

"I just want to say how honored my dad would have been to have you here and honoring him and appreciating his work," says Anne Serling.

The Rod Serling Foundation says they are trying to raise funds to make Serling's legacy more prominent in his hometown. The foundation wants to erect a statue of Serling somewhere in Binghamton and eventually dedicate a museum to the writer. Currently, the only signs of Serling are a historic marker in front of Binghamton High School, a star at the Forum, and a plaque in Rec Park. Serling's childhood home on Bennett Ave remains unmarked.