After 35 years as the main anchor at NEWSChannel 2, Bill Worden officially signed off for the last time Thursday follown a special broadcast in his honor.
Bill's family and colleages gathered around him as he said farewell to his Central New York viewers.
In his farewell, Worden said, "I am humbled by all the nice things that have been said and frankly, I don't feel deserving of them. But, I am blessed beyond measure by all the great friends I have made in this business through the years and I will always treasure their memory. Now, I get to join you and become a viewer as well. Thank you for the years you have allowed me into your homes. If we see each other out and about and you want to give me a piece of your mind, come on over, say hi. We'll see each other from time to time"
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and Rome Mayor Joe Fusco each proclaimed Bill Worden Day in their cities, Thursday in Rome and Friday in Utica.
It will be Bill Worden Day throughout Oneida County on Saturday, thanks to a proclamation from County Executive Anthony Picente.
Oneida County Sherrif Robert Maciol also made Bill an honorary member of the sheriff's department.
Bill will also be honored in the New York State Legislature, with citations from Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joe Griffo.
On the federal level, proclamations were declared from Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Richard Hanna.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams also congratulated Bill on his retirement.
All of Bill's colleagues, past and present, thank him for the many years of services to WKTV and Central New York.