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      Long-time State Fair marketing director Joe Laguardia passes away

      Joe Laguardia was a long-time marketing director of the New York State Fair.

      One of the men who worked behind the scenes to build the New York State Fair for decades has passed away.

      Joe Laguardia passed away early Monday morning after being hospitalized for several months with a blood disorder, former New York State Fair Director Peter Cappuccilli told CNY Central.

      Laguardia was a long-time marketing director of the New York State Fair where he handled publicity and booked many concerts at the Fair. He left his position in 2007 when the State Fair Director changed.

      During his lifetime, Laguardia served on a number of boards in the Syracuse area and recently served as Executive Director of the Lakefront Development Corporation. He will be fondly remembered by the community.

      Funeral arrangements are not yet available.