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Hanna heads to Binghamton this Memorial Day weekend

By WKTV News

BINGHAMTON, N.Y.(WKTV) Congressman Richard Hanna says it's an honor to attend as many events as he can this Memorial Day weekend to honor our nation's veterans.

Saturday morning, the republican from Barneveld attended a ceremony in Herkimer honoring five men from Herkimer County who previously had been bestowed the highest award of valor they could receive, the Medal of Honor.

A plaque was unveiled on Saturday which now sits in front of the Herkimer County Office Building on Mary Street.

That plaque displays the names of the five men and a synopsis of why each received the Medal of Honor.

After Saturday's ceremony, Hanna was headed to Binghamton, a city he hasn't spent much time campaigning in before.

But thanks to this year's redistricting, the newly formed 22nd district contains not only the Utica area, including Barneveld, where Hanna lives, but it stretches south to Binghamton and beyond.

Hanna says he is happy to have another city like Binghamton in the region he wants to represent, "we've always had a piece of Broome County, down to Chenango Bridge, now we go all the way to the Pennsylvania line, so we're going to go down and introduce ourselves, beautiful weather. "

Hanna says he looks forward to meeting new people, "his district has always been big, it's a little more consolidated now. You have two bigger population centers. Before it was Oneida County and a lot of 10,000 person muncipal areas, now with Binghamton, it gives you two centers. "

Hanna is being challenged this year by fellow republican Michael Kicinski of Earlville. They will face off in the republican primary on June 26th.

The winner of that primary will take on democrat Dan Lamb of Dryden in Tompkins county in the general election come November in the race for the newly drawn 22nd Congressional District.

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