In Onondaga County, where Sheriff Kevin Walsh chose not to run for a 6th term, and in Jefferson County, where Sheriff John Burns decided not to seek a 4th term, elections were held yesterday for the office of Sheriff.
In Onondaga County, the Republican Candidate was Dewitt Police Chief Gene Conway and the Democrat was Toby Shelley, a retired Sheriff's Office Sergeant and a veteran. The winner in this hard-fought race is Police Chief Gene Conway.
In Jefferson County, the Republican Candidate was John Bocciolatt, a retired Detective Sergeant with the Portland, Oregon Police Department. The Democrat, Colleen O'Neill, a former Senior Investigator in the New York State Police, is the daughter of former Jefferson County Sheriff Al O'Neill, who served from 1977 to 1985. In a very tight race, Colleen O'Neill appears to have won by a margin of fewer than 700 votes. With over 1,000 absentee ballots uncounted, John Bocciolatt has not conceded the race.
If Colleen O'Neill's margin holds up, she will be the first woman ELECTED Sheriff in New York State history.
We stress first woman elected becuase New York's first female Sheriff, Teresa Mason, was the appointed Sheriff of New York City from 1996 to 2000. Teresa, who was also the first African American Sheriff, is now a partner in the law firm of Bahn Multer, LLP.
Four incumbent Sheriffs were on the ballot in contested races yesterday, and it appears that they all won. Congratulations to:
Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder who was re-elected to a 5th term, defeating Democrat Chris Bracco, a captain in the Binghamton Police Department.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace who was re-elected to a 6th term, defeating Republican Russell Payne, a retired Jamestown police officer.
Montgomery County Sheriff Mike Amato who was re-elected to a 6th term, defeating write-in candidate James Glorioso, Jr., a manager for Dollar General.
Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero was re-elected to a 7th term, defeating Rodney Miller, a private investigator who created his own party to stay in the race after being defeated by Sheriff Povero in the primary.
Twelve Sheriffs appeared on the ballot unopposed yesterday, and it appears that they all won. Congratulations to:
Allegany County Sheriff Ricky Whitney who was re-elected to a 2nd term.
Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould who was re-elected to a 3rd term.
Clinton County Sheriff Dave Favro who was re-elected for a 4th term.
Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills who was re-elected for a 5th term.
Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting who was re-elected for a 2nd term.
Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill who was re-elected for a 2nd term.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol who was re-elected for a 2nd term.
Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois who was re-elected for a 4th term.
Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd who was re-elected for a 5th term.
Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin who was re-elected for a 3rd term.
Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing who was re-elected for a 2nd term.
Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum who was re-elected for a 3rd term.
Over one hundred Jail Administrators from 55 county sheriff's offices recently attended our Annual Training Program at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY. Four Sheriffs were in attendance to present certificates, including our president, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss; Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo, Warren County Sheriff Bud York, and Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco. Pictured left, Carrie Hill, Esq. of Criminal Justice Consulting LLC presenting on Legal Issues Facing our Jails at our training conference in Saratoga Springs.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office honored Sheriff's Week in New York State with a number of events. On Monday, Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn helped lead a ceremony that paid tribute to 11 deputies of the Sheriff's office who have died in the line of duty since the creation of the Sheriff's Office in 1821. On Tuesday Sheriff O'Flynn helped cut the ribbon on a new booking area at the Monroe Correctional Facility in the suburb of Brighton. On Wednesday the Sheriff's Office Association of Retirees (S.O.A.R.) and the Badge of Honor Association (B.O.H.A.) unveiled a road sign in the Town of Brighton that pays tribute to Special Deputy Joseph Munz who died in the line of duty in 1932. On Thursday the Sheriff's Office celebrated its annual awards luncheon. Also during the course of the week deputies visited the gravesites of all eleven deputies who died in the line of duty. They placed a rose near their headstones.
Westchester County Sheriff (and Police Commissioner) George Longworth and his staff were honored this month at the White Plains headquarters of the Sheriffs' Civil Division on the occasion of reaccreditation of the Division. Only 25 of the State's 62 counties have qualified for this accreditation. Executive Director
Peter Kehoe praised the Sheriff; Undersheriff (and Deputy Commissioner) Joseph Yasinski; Chief of Investigative Services, Chief Inspector Roger Rokicki; Civil Unit Commanding Officer, Sergeant Michael Grossi; and, all of the Civil staff for this accomplishment and presented them with a plaque denoting the agency's achievement. Executive Director Kehoe also gave special recognition to Mary Kehoe, Civil Office Accountant for her efforts in helping manage the accreditation process. Pictured left (l to r): NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe; Undersheriff (and Deputy Commissioner) Joseph Yasinski; Civil Unit Commanding Officer Sergeant Michael Grossi; Sheriff (and Police Commissioner) George Longworth; and Chief of Investigative Services, Chief Inspector Roger Rokicki.
Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour was honored before the County Legislature at the September meeting as his Office was awarded reaccreditation of the Corrections Division. Pictured left (l to r): Captain Darren Engert, Captain Daniel Engert, Executive Director Peter Kehoe, Undersheriff Michael Filicetti, Chief Kevin Payne, Sheriff James Voutour, Chief Deputy Tom Beattie.
Forty-five Law Enforcement Supervisors from 30 sheriff's offices recently attended the Annual Training Program at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Several Sheriff's Offices led sessions, including Broome County Undersheriff Alex Minor on the Shooting of Johnson City Police Officer David Smith; St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells on Handling a Criminal Case in the National Spotlight; and Westchester County Department of Correction Operations Captain J. Mark Reimer on Digital Currency/Bitcoins for Law Enforcement. Our President, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss left the campaign trail to present certificates to the graduates at the close of the conference.
Appriss has developed a MobilePatrol App that enables your office to communicate critical information to your community. Ten sheriffs offices are currently offering the app to their community, including Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts. "The MobilePatrol App is a one stop information center for our community members, victims, and law enforcement professionals to get information on jail admissions and releases, alerts, and more. A must have app for public safety information," he said. The app is available at no cost to New York SAVIN/VINE agencies.