Our Association acts as liaison to the many State agencies with which Sheriffs and counties must interact on a regular basis. NYSSA representatives:

  • meet regularly with the Assistant Secretary for Criminal Justice and Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), her Deputy Commissioners and staff to review and advise concerning pending legislative proposals affecting counties and Sheriffs' law enforcement divisions, to secure grants and equipment for Sheriffs' Offices, and to cooperatively implement new law enforcement programs and policies;
  • maintain regular communications with the Chairman, Commissioners and staff of the NYS Commission of Correction (SCOC) to ensure that Sheriffs' viewpoints are adequately represented before action is taken by the Commission of Correction;
  • review, analyze and report to Sheriffs on State Commission of Correction correspondence, Chairman's Memorandums, proposed and adopted regulations, proposed and adopted guidelines, annual reports, weekly inmate population reports, and selected individual county reports issued by the Commission;
  • work cooperatively with the Commissioner and staff of the NYS Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) to assure smooth relations between the county jails and the state prison system; work to expedite the transfer to state custody of state ready or seriously ill inmates; receive, review and analyze for trends the daily inmate populations intake reports from DOCS; cooperate with DOCS staff in the development of legislation and administrative rules which affect jail and prison operations;
  • maintain regular contact with the President and Commissioners and staff at the New York State Department of Civil Service and its Municipal Employers Division; facilitate approval of employment waiver applications; and assist in communication between the State Department of Civil Service and local personnel directors or local civil service commissions;
  • work with the Director of Parole and with Division of Parole staff to encourage sound policies and practices with respect to the transfer of parolees between local and state custody;
  • work with the Superintendent of State Police, to ensure coordinated and effective delivery of law enforcement services; and
  • work with the State Office of Homeland Security to protect New York State from terrorist threats.