The Annual School for New Sheriffs was held this week at our offices in Albany. Three new Sheriffs: Columbia County Sheriff-Elect David Bartlett, Livingston County Sheriff-Elect Thomas Dougherty, and Saratoga County Sheriff-Elect Michael Zurlo attended along with their designated Undersheriffs: John Davi, Matt Bean, and Kevin Mullahey respectively. During the three-day program the new Sheriffs and Undersheriffs heard presentations from: Chairman Thomas Beilein and Commissioner Thomas Loughren of the New York State Commission of Correction, Deputy Superintendent and Field Commander Colonel Patricia Groeber of the New York State Police, and Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Thomas Abt.
|Columbia County Sheriff-Elect David Bartlett (l) and his designated Undersheriff John Davi (r)||Livingston County Sheriff-Elect Thomas Dougherty (l) and his designated Undersheriff Matt Bean (r)|
|Saratoga County Sheriff-Elect Michael Zurlo (r) and his designated Undersheriff Kevin Mullahey (l)||Presenters Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Thomas Abt (right) and Assistant Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Mary Kavaney (left).|
Friends, family and colleagues of outgoing Columbia County Sheriff David W. Harrison, Jr. brought their love and admiration for "Bubba" to Hudson's Club Helsinki on November 21. Harrison announced in January that he and his wife Kelly "will move on to another phase of our lives" out of family health concerns. His wife of 32 years "has a serious health issue although she will be fine," Harrison said. PHOTO: Sheriff's office employees make presentations to Sheriff David "Bubba" Harrison. Left to right are Sheriff-elect David Bartlett, Harrison, and holding the throw rug Lt. Thom Lanphear, secretary Rebecca Malone, Senior Investigator Kevin Skype and Columbia County Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Black. Photo by David Lee/Columbia-Greene Media.
This week, an 845 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array, located on the grounds of the Sheriff's Office at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus, NY, was switched on. The project will provide a significant percentage of the facility's power annually and will save the County over $1,000,000 on its electric bill through a 25-year power purchase agreement with Spear Point Energy, the project's developer. The solar project was selected and funded through the NY-Sun Competitive Photovoltaic Program, administered by NYSERDA. The project took only six months to complete from initial permitting, design, engineering, to final construction. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center next Friday, December 13.
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office hosted a virtual ride-along with road patrol deputies on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, November 29th. The ride-along allowed the public to watch the work of the afternoon shift in real time. Information on every call during the afternoon shift was posted, along with pictures and video of the deputes at work. The goal of the virtual ride-along was to increase the public's participation in the Sheriff's Office's social media sites. In addition to following the calls for service, the virtual ride-along featured photos and descriptions of the specialty equipment being utilized by the deputies on patrol.
On Thursday November 21, Sheriff Carl E. DuBois and Acting Orange County Executive Steve Gross announced the appointment of Kenneth A. Decker as the new Orange County Sheriff's Office Correctional Administrator. Pictured (l to r): Newly Appointed Correctional Administrator Kenneth A. Decker, Undersheriff Kenneth T. Jones, Captain Patrick Russnak, Captain Anthony Mele, Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, Acting Orange County Executive Steve Gross, C.O.B.A President Rafael Marquez and County Legislator Kevin Hines.
Residents from the suburban Town of Ogden just completed an 8-week Senior Academy Class with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The program, popular at senior centers throughout Monroe County, includes visiting the Monroe County Jail and the Public Safety Training Facility, as well as traveling in vehicles used to transport inmates. Under the direction of Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, crime prevention officers work closely with the seniors to tell them about all the operations of the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff was on hand Thursday morning, November 21st with several members of his command staff to personally deliver "diplomas" to the graduating seniors.
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office, having recently received civil division accreditation from the Sheriff's Association, is now accredited in all areas. At a meeting of the Niagara County Legislature this week, Executive Director Peter R. Kehoe presented Sheriff James R. Voutour with a plaque acknowledging the accomplishment. Certificates of appreciation were also given to sheriff's office members who were instrumental to the successful completion of the accreditation process. In the photo (l to r) NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe, Niagara County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Diez, Sheriff James Voutour, Undersheriff Michael Filicetti and Chief Deputy Thomas Beatty. Congratulations to Sheriff Voutour and his exceptional team!
Associate Counsel Alex Wilson spoke at the New York State Clerks' Association conference on Tuesday, November 19, at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid, NY. In the photo on the left is Cortland County Clerk Elizabeth Larkin, President of the Clerks' Association; Associate Counsel Alex Wilson is on the right.
Sheriff Jack York and Association staff recently met with representatives from GTL regarding new inmate telephone technologies and better ways to communicate new programs to Sheriffs and their staffs. In the photo, from left to right: Livingston County Sheriff Jack York; GTL Vice President Anthony Pellegrino; GTL Account Executive William Paquette; GTL President Jeff Haidinger; Executive Director Peter Kehoe; and Counsel Thomas Mitchell.
The Washington County Sheriff's SERT team was honored at the Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting last Friday for their response to a Hudson Falls incident where a couple of the team members pulled Robert Fenton from his home that was ablaze, in a fire Fenton allegedly set. Sheriff Jeff Murphy awarded the team members certificates and medals of valor for responding to that Oct. 22 call. The officers honored were: Lt. Jeffrey Tucker (in photo on right, receiving medal from Sheriff Murphy), Sergeant Stephen Dougherty, Deputy Scott McFarren, Deputy Timothy Carroll, Deputy Cory Hurlburt, and Deputy David Buxton.