The Sheriffs' Association and several individual Sheriffs have joined as amicus curiae in a lawsuit brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenging the constitutionality of several provisions of SAFE Act. The amicus brief will support the main suit by setting forth legal arguments against the SAFE Act specifically from the view of law enforcement. Some of the arguments contained in the brief are that the law impinges upon the 2nd Amendment to a degree that renders it unconstitutional, that the law is fatally vague, and that the law does not provide sufficient guidance to law enforcement. Sheriffs have been steadfast in their view that although there are some beneficial portions of the SAFE Act, many of its provisions are unworkable or unconstitutional. Thankfully, the SAFE Act contains a severability clause which would allow those constitutional and beneficial portions of the act to survive a legal challenge, while at the same time striking down those portions found to be unconstitutional.
Eight-year-old Matthew Cech, from Plattsburgh, NY, was sworn in by Sheriff Richard Cutting April 13 with a specific case in mind: help the department find the Lollipop Bandits. For Sheriff Cutting, "It was probably the highlight of my 35 years in service." For Matthew, it was another positive day that comes between days of visits to the hospital and therapy as Cech fights against Mitochondrial Disease. Known throughout the North Country as Mighty Matthew, you can find our more about Deputy Cech at the website mightymatthew.blogspot.com.
Photo (l to r): Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Norm Lyke, New York State Police Investigator Brett Vanderlan, Sheriff's Deputy John Ford, Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dean Obernesser and U.S. Marshal Bob Sweeney left from New Jersey on Thursday, May 9, 2013 on the 350-mile Police Unity Tour, a 4-day bicycle ride to Washington D.C. to honor those officers killed in the line of duty. The four officers raised more than $7,000 to be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.
Thirty-four law enforcement executives attended the 142nd session of the Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from April 30 to May 1 in Rochester, NY. Among the attendees at the seminar were: Allegheny County Sheriff Rick Whitney; Monroe County Undersheriff William Sanborn; and Sheriff's Office representatives from Jefferson, Livingston, and Oneida counties. The NYS Sheriffs' Association and NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services were also represented.
"I AM NOT FOR SALE" billboard created by 10-year-old Logan Kuhlmey of Lancaster, will dot the landscape of the 17 counties comprising the Western District of NY. Logan was one of 5 people who won a Human Trafficking Awareness contest sponsored by the Human Trafficking Task Force Alliance. From (l-r) Monroe County Undersheriff William Sanborn, Niagara County Sheriff's Captain Kristen M. Neubauer; Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard; Logan Kuhlmey; James Spero- Special Agent-In-Charge of Homeland Security; F.B.I. Special Agent Jason Jarnagin; and U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr.
The Oneida County Law Enforcement Coalition honored 10 officers from different county police agencies this week, recognizing their efforts in combating crime last year. The following Oneida County Sheriff's Officers received the Outstanding Service Award for their work in using DNA to bring Craig Ingersoll to justice for strangling Jennifer Bennett in 2007: Oneida County Sheriff's Sergeants Robert Nelson and Peter Healt; Investigators David Nowakowski, Christopher Ferguson, Michael Simmons and Timothy Klock. In addition, Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Taylor received the Valor Award for rescuing a man from burning to death on the outskirts of Rome, NY.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office held a promotional ceremony on May 3rd, where ten individuals were promoted in front of a large crowd of uniform officers, family and friends. Congratulations to: Captain Andrew Forsythe promoted to Chief Deputy; Lieutenant David Phelps promoted to Commander; Captain Lou Tomassetti promoted to Major; Lieutenant Matt VanDuzee promoted to Captain; Lieutenant Robert Clar promoted to Captain; Lieutenant Michael Fowler promoted to Captain; Investigator John Auberger promoted to Sergeant; Deputy Rick Bancroft promoted to Sergeant; Deputy Josh DeRuyter promoted to Sergeant; and Deputy C.J. Zimmerman promoted to Investigator.
Photo (l to r): Chief Deputy Andrew Forsythe and friend Tim Kelly.