Former Broome County Sheriff dead at 89

By Perry Russom

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 8:13 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A former Broome County Sheriff has died.

Anthony "Tony" Ruffo served as County Sheriff for 10 years after a 30 year career with the Binghamton Police Department.

As Sheriff, he oversaw the construction of the dormitory style jail to ease severe inmate overcrowding.

"He served the community," said Sgt. Shaun Carnevale of the Broome County Sheriff's Office. "This was a man who served many, many years both in the military for the people in the city of Binghamton and for the people of the county."

Ruffo went to Binghamton Central High School and was in the Army during World War II.

He was a decorated infantryman serving in the European and Pacific theaters.

He received the Battle Field Commission at the Battle of the Bulge by General George Patton.

The funeral is Saturday at 9:30 am at the Church of Saints John and Andrew in Binghamton.

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