Issues: Police

Ride-along with Guilderland Town Police

I recently had the opportunity to join members of the Guilderland Town Police for a ride-along. Here I am with Officer Dan Coburn, Chief Carol Lawlor and Captain Curtis Cox.

July 9, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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$250,000 Grant To Aid Cortland County Emergency Communications

CORTLAND, 06/24/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with the cost of an emergency communications equipment upgrade  for Cortland County law enforcement officials.

“It is imperative that our law enforcement officials and first responders have the tools they need when they are called into duty, starting with a reliable communication network,” said Senator Seward.  “This legislative grant will help Cortland County’s law enforcement officials do their job safely and efficiently, and will not come with an added cost to county taxpayers.”

June 24, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Receives the Legislative Leadership Award from the New York State Police Investigators Association

Senator Bonacic receives the Legislative Leadership award from the New York State Police Investigators Association in Albany on his advocacy for the department.  On the left is NYSPIA President, Jeffrey Kayser, and on the right is Artie Wilcox, Union Representative.  Said the Senator, “I am honored to be the recipient of their award, and thank them for all the work they do to keep our community safe.”

June 18, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors State Police Investigator Gary Darstein

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Investigator Gary Darstein with a legislative resolution on June 5, 2014.

June 6, 2014
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Kennedy, Schimminger Announce Local Bridge Dedicated for Fallen New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson

Senator Kennedy and Assemblyman Schimminger Passed Legislation to Designate I-290 Bridge over Twin Cities Memorial Highway as “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and the New York State Police today held a ceremony to officially dedicate the Interstate-290 bridge that crosses N.Y. State Route 425 at the Colvin Boulevard exit as the “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge.”

June 5, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Congratulates Retiring Mount Hope Police Officer, Norman J. Mann

Senator Bonacic attended the breakfast for retiring Mount Hope Police Officer Norman J. Mann and expressed his appreciation for his over 36 years of service to the Mount Hope community.   With the Senator is Chief of Police Paul J. Rickard (l), and Police Officer Mann.

 

May 30, 2014
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On behalf of the 58th Senate District, our condolences to the family, friends and fellow Troopers of NYS Trooper Christopher G. Skinner

On behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow Troopers of NYS Trooper Christopher G. Skinner, who so clearly and proudly represented the highest ideals, principles and values of the New York State Police.

Read more in the Star-Gazette, "State Trooper remembered as a man who put safety first"

May 30, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends NYS Police Troop F Memorial Service

Senator Bonacic attended the New York State Police Troop F Memorial Service held on Friday, May 23, at the NYS Police Barracks in the Town of Wallkill. Here is the Senator with Chief Criminal Investigator, Will Garcia; Orange County DA, David Hoovler; and Orange County Steven Neuhaus, who were all present to pay their respects to the law enforcement community.   

May 27, 2014
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Senator Bonacic at the Orange County Sheriff's Office Annual Awards

Senator Bonacic attended the recent Orange County Sheriff Officer's Annual Awards which honored Deputy Sheriffs, Correction Officers and employees for their outstanding service to their community.  With the Senator are Chief Dennis Barry, Sheriff Carl DuBois, County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, and Undersheriff Ken Jones.

May 19, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Police Officers Memorial Remembrance Ceremony in Albany, May 6

Senator Bonacic attended the Police Officers Memorial Remembrance Ceremony in Albany on May 6. This event honored 20 fallen police officers from law enforcement agencies across New York State, including five who died in 2013 in the line of duty.  The names of these 20 officers join the 1,340 others who have been inscribed on the Police Officers' Memorial, which represents 140 police agencies statewide and five federal agencies.  The officers' names are placed randomly on the wall, without rank, to signify that every officer's sacrifice is the same.

May 12, 2014
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State of New York Police Officers Memorial Honors Fallen Hero Ross M. Riley

For Release: Immediate, May 6, 2014

New York State Trooper Ross M. Riley Remembered

ALBANY - At the State of New York Police Officers Memorial today, Senator Young joined in honoring  New York’s brave police officers who in the last year made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty.

May 6, 2014
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Senator Dilan Joins NYC DOT, NYPD to Announce Arterial Slow Zone on McGuiness Blvd

Senator Dilan joined state representatives, city officials and advocates at the intersection of McGuinness Boulevard and Nassau Avenue to welcome the latest of 25 planned arterial slow zones throughout the city. McGuinness Boulevard joins Atlantic Avenue and the Grand Concourse as a 25 mph arterial slow zone, with signal re-timings and new signage to be added in the coming weeks.

April 22, 2014
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Otsego County Mental Health Concerns Under The Microscope

ONEONTA, 04/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on a meeting he convened of local stakeholders to discuss the future of emergency psychiatric services in Otsego County and the surrounding region: 

“The decision by Bassett Medical center to terminate inpatient psychiatric services has wide-ranging consequences.  Today’s meeting of local stakeholders included a brief summary of what led to the decision, and more importantly, allowed for an open dialogue on actions to be taken to fill the pending treatment void.

April 17, 2014
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Senator Gallivan's Family Health & Safety Fair

Free health screenings & safety information from the following:

April 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Griffo, Assemblyman Brindisi Announce Grants to Help Children's Advocacy Center and the Oneida County Sheriff's Office

Grants have purchased essential crime fighting equipment, including a patrol car and incident command equipment

ORISKANY - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo of Rome and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica today announced that they each recently awarded the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office with a total of $45,000 in funding that is being used for equipment to fight crime in the region.

March 20, 2014
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Ride-along with the Amsterdam Police

Thanks to the Amsterdam Police Department for taking me on a ride-a-long recently. I already knew how difficult and demanding law enforcement is, but this gave me an even greater understanding and appreciation of the work they do.

March 19, 2014
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Seward Joins Task Force To Fight Rising Heroin Epidemic

ALBANY, 03/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he was named to the newly created Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force will examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction. 

“Heroin use has reached epidemic proportions,” said Senator Seward. “Law enforcement resources are being stretched thin, public health costs are skyrocketing, and lives are being lost. Heroin is infiltrating all social, economic, and geographic sectors of our state and we need to take definitive action to halt this ugly trend.” 

March 17, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Introduces Legislation to Stiffen Penalties Against Killers of Auxiliary Police Officers

New York, NY, March 14, 2014 — Today, on the anniversary of the fatal 2007 shooting of two on-duty New York Police Department auxiliary officers, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) announced the introduction of Auxiliary Police Officers Yevgeniy Marshalik and Nicholas Pekearo Memorial Act (S.6822), which would make the killing of an Auxiliary Police officer the same offense against a police or peace officer. By increasing the penalty for killing an auxiliary officer in the line of duty, the legislation aims to help protect thousands of Auxiliary Police officers across New York.

March 14, 2014
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