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Why Doesn’t New York Have a UFO Conference?

Columnist Cheryl Costa examines New York State’s lack of a first class UFO conference

New York State ranks No. 6 of 10 in states reporting the largest number of UFO sightings. In fact New York reports an average 3 to 5 percent of world sightings. In the past 30 days, New Yorkers have logged an excess of 60 UFO sighting reports.

So with all of this UFO activity in New York, why doesn’t it host a major UFO convention?

Our friends south of us in Pennsylvania host three UFO conferences: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie. Connecticut also has a UFO conference in North Haven. With all due respect to Pine Bush, your UFO festival doesn’t meet the measure of a first class conference with top speakers. In fact, New York State has some of the best experts on the topic.

I was curious whether there are any local UFO groups across the state. A careful Google search turned up less than a dozen.

The last known organized UFO conference in New York was around 2003. There has been serious talk of hosting a UFO conference in the Woodstock or Albany area.

One of the big problems I’m told is the vast size of our state. If we were to hold a UFO convention here in Syracuse, it would be an easy drive for folks in Buffalo, Rochester or Albany. Likewise, Syracuse is just an hour from the southern tier and a couple hours from the north country. Despite the convenience for upstate folks, Syracuse’s location is over a four hour drive from New York City and upwards of six or seven hours for those on Long Island.

Some people who have considered hosting a small UFO conference tell me the reason that a convention in the Albany area has been seriously considered has been because of its balanced commute distance from the metropolitan New York City area.

This past summer, I spoke with several of the potential organizers who told me the idea of hosting a UFO convention both in Syracuse to cover the upstate and perhaps down the Hudson around Poughkeepsie would make great sense. The idea would be to rotate between those two locations every other year to minimize the pain of travel for folks at opposite ends of the state.

Let’s look at some recent New York State UFO sightings

Sept. 27, 2015: At 10 p.m., a resident of Huntington, NY, witnessed six bright orange orbs with bright white centers traveling from the southeast to the northwest about one minute apart from each other.

Sept. 27, 2015: At 10:30 p.m., a resident of Batavia, NY, observed a red light with green blinking light that hovered in the sky, then moved quickly to the side and downwards.

Sept. 28, 2015: At 6:00 p.m., a resident of Manhattan, NY, reported an object that was hovering over head and going in a circular motion with bright white light, with flashing red and green light for nearly an hour.

Sept. 28, 2015: At 9:45 p.m., a resident of East Setauket, NY, observed six or seven orange flying orbs in unison in a staggered arrangement, with simultaneous movements up, down, left and right at great speed.

Sept. 30, 2015: At 8:15 p.m., a resident of Buffalo, NY, saw a bright orange diamond-shaped object.

If you are interested in joining a monthly UFO discussion group in the Onondaga County area, drop Cheryl an email [email protected]. If you have a UFO sighting to report, you can use either one of the two national database services: or Both services respect confidentiality.

Cheryl Costa would love to hear the when, where and what of your New York sighting. Email it to [email protected]. The names of witnesses will be omitted to protect their privacy.

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