Frank Costello, of Fenner, received a Commander's Award from the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88.
"Frank has always lived in this area and long ago established a place in his heart for the American Legion," said Commander Jack Mott. "Frank's three brothers served in the armed forces."
Mr. Costello owned The Nelson Inn for many years and served several times as the Fenner Town Supervisor. His business skills and political background helped the American Legion in Cazenovia obtain funding and grants for improvements to their Post Home on Chenango Street. He worked closely with Floyd Bennett and Nick Christakos to broker land purchases for the legion's baseball/softball fields. After Mr. Christakos and Mr. Bennett passed away, Mr. Costello continued processing ball field contract renewals and supervising needed improvements to these facilities on behalf of the American Legion.
Many times he loaned his own money to protect the Legion's investments while waiting for loans and grants to be approved.
"Frank has supported the American Legion in so many ways," said Barbara Bennett, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary for Post 88. "Without his help, focus and dedication what you see at 26 Chenango Street might not have been possible. Thank you Frank."
Said Commander Mott, "The officers and members of the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 express their gratitude for his contributions to their benefit. We are proud to have Frank Costello march with us as our comrade."