Our 80th Annual Summer Training Conference was a great success thanks to our hosts: Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman and his wife Anne Yessman and to the beautiful Harbor Hotel and its wonderful staff. Sheriffs from around the state attended the program, which featured an information-packed agenda.
GOP Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino addressed the Sheriffs at the conference which was opened by his running mate for Lt. Governor, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss. Governor Cuomo was invited to speak but was unable to attend.
The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office made criminal asset forfeiture money available to build a new nurse's cabin at the Sheriffs' Summer Camp. Sheriff Vince DeMarco, a strong advocate of the Sheriffs' Camp Program, gained approval from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund the construction project. The new nurse's building, located in the center of the camp, is an active and vital part of the camp. "It's a long overdue upgrade to our camp and I speak for both the staff and the campers in saying 'thank you Sheriff DeMarco,'" said Camp Director Dave Sherman.
Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero was honored before the County Board of Supervisors at the July meeting as his Office was awarded re-accreditation of the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). Only 12 of the State's 62 counties hold this accreditation. With this achievement, Sheriff Povero maintains every accreditation available to his office, including: Law Enforcement, Corrections, Civil and Court Security. Executive Director Peter Kehoe praised the Sheriff and his diligent staff for their professional accomplishments and presented Sheriff Povero with an accreditation plaque. He also recognized the efforts of key members of Sheriff Povero's team: Accreditation Manager Jeffrey B. Edwards, Senior Communications Officer and Stephen M. DeChick, Chief Communications Officer. Nice work!
Allegany County Sheriff Ricky Whitney sees off the 12 children from Allegany County attending the NYS Sheriffs' 2014 Summer Camp. Sheriff Whitney personally thanked Allegany County residents for their donations that make this possible and stated that at the camp "The kids develop a renewed respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce the laws."
A Yates County deputy who died in the line of duty was among the deceased police officers honored in an Albany ceremony in May. Deputy Sheriff William R. Leach (pictured left) died on Nov. 8, 1957 as a result of injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, who nominated Leach for this recognition, said the 48-year-old officer was responding to a call for help when his car left the road and struck a tree after rounding a curve. Sheriff Spike says investigation into the accident indicated that Leach had swerved to avoid two cars that were parked in the highway. Witnesses said the cars left the scene, and people who assisted Leach at the scene reported that he asked about the other cars. He died of his injuries two hours after being pulled from the patrol car. Sheriff Spike's father, George Spike, was Chief Deputy at the time of the accident.
A building at the New York State Sheriffs' Summer Camp has been named in honor of former Livingston County Sheriff John York in recognition of Sheriff York's dedication and commitment to the camp. In his 24 years as Sheriff of Livingston County, Sheriff York played a crucial role in the enhancement and success of the Sheriffs' Summer Camp Program.
Pictured left: Retired Livingston County Sheriff John York in front of the building named in his honor with his wife Bridget and his granddaughters Madison and Tierney. His daughter Jamie also attended.
Sheriffs from across the state, law enforcement leaders, and over 50 vendors gathered at the Desmond in Albany last week for the 80th annual Winter Training Conference.
The Sheriffs' Association held its annual election of officers at our 80th Annual Winter Conference last week. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli swore in the new officers. Outgoing Association President Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn passed the gavel to Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss, the new Association President.
The Police Officer Memorial Advisory Committee met in Albany earlier this month to approve submissions of names to be placed on the Memorial Wall at the Empire State Plaza this year, and to consider administrative issues pertaining to the Memorial. The Sheriffs' Association is represented on the Advisory Committee by Executive Director Peter Kehoe. Five officers (four NYS Troopers and one Buffalo policewoman) killed in the line of duty in 2013 were approved for inclusion on the Wall. Also, 12 New York City police officers and a Peekskill police officer who all succumbed to 9/11 related cancer were approved for inclusion. In addition, there were two "historical" submissions for officers who died in the line of duty in earlier years: a State Game Protector who was murdered in 1914 and a Yates County Deputy Sheriff, William R. Leach, who died in the line of duty in 1957.