ENDICOTT (WBNG) — After two weeks of uncertainty, there is finally a clear path forward for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome.
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar (D), accompanied by other local elected officials, announced Thursday the county will be leasing the center on a month-to-month basis for up to six months, with the goal of buying time for a more permanent solution to be put into place.
Garnar said not only does he hope the club’s programs will be preserved, he’s even optimistic the future will hold bigger and better things for the center.
“Because there’s a lot of opportunity for other organizations to come in here, I think you’re actually see more expanded services here at the building,” the county executive said at a press conference announcing the lease.
Garnar was joined by State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D, 123rd District), Town of Union Supervisor Rick Matarese (D) and Village of Endicott Mayor John Bertoni (R).
Matarese actually went to the club when it first opened, and said it was extremely important to him to help save the local landmark.
“I started here in 1963 when the building was built, I played in here, went through high school did everything,” said Matarese, who also served as the club’s director for five and a half years. “It’s an important asset to this community, and we need to do what we can.”
Garnar declined to name any specific organizations that would offer some of the same programming, but did say he has been in touch with dozens of groups who have reached out to help.