Volume 383                                                                                                                   December 18, 2015 
File 25
News of the NYS Sheriffs' Association
Sheriffs Offices in the News...
Niagara, Erie and Genesee County Sheriffs Offices, along with NYS Police and Lancaster Police, solve Western NY burglary ring that included more than 33 burglaries and one robbery. 1,300 pieces of stolen property were recovered and four men were arrested. From left: Genesee County Sheriff's Office Investigator Timothy Wise, NYSP Troop A Commander, Major Steven Nigrelli, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour, Erie County Sheriff's Office Captain Gregory Savage and Lancaster Police Captain William Karn. (Please click here for more information.)
Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting with Mighty Matthew Cech upon his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in the Sheriff's Office. Matthew, who is battling Mitochondrial Disease, recently spent a month in Boston Children's Hospital. "Due to his steadfast courage and determination to succeed and the fact that whatever comes his way, Matthew always has a smile, he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and a Good Conduct ribbon," said Sheriff Cutting. (Please click here for more information.)
Warren County Sheriff Bud York d onated the unused portion of his campaign donations to retired Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan of Lake George. The total was $4,448.31. Ryan holds the check from the Friends of Bud York account. From left at the Ryan household are: Ryan’s parents, Angela and Chris, Eddie Ryan, Sheriff Bud York and his wife, Cheryl.  Please click here to read more.
St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Deputies, along with their K-9, found 47 kilograms of cocaine, valued at about $10 million, during a traffic stop in the town of Canton. Pictured above from left to right: Deputy Andrew Ashley, K-9 Hershey, and Deputy Mike Morgan. Deputy Ashley is Hershey's handler. Please click here to read the full story. 
Sheriffs Meet with NYPD Commissioner Bratton

Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff, Madison County Sheriff Alan Riley, Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O'Neill, Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco, Broome County Sheriff David Harder, and Rensselaer County Sheriff-Elect Russo met Monday with New York City Police Commissioner William C. Bratton, Deputy Commissioner John Miller, Chief of Department James O¹Neill, and other top NYPD brass to discuss mutual policing concerns including counterterrorism, training, community relations, technology, and a host of other issues.

Sheriff DuBois stated, "We appreciate Commissioner Bratton and members of his command staff taking time out from their busy schedules to speak with us. The NYPD, under Commissioner Bratton’s leadership, is on the cutting edge and leads the world in all aspects of policing. We are lucky to have access to NYPD and their resources in partnership to benefit our agencies and the people we protect."  Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, retired NYPD Captain, and his staff arranged and coordinated this meeting.

Seminar for New Sheriff's at NYSSA Headquarters
The Annual Seminar for New Sheriffs was attended by five new Sheriffs and six new Undersheriffs. During the two-day program current Sheriffs and NYS Officials shared their knowledge and wisdom on a range of topics. This year, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour spoke about NYSSA, Genesee County Sheriff Gary 

Maha spoke about ethics, and pitfalls for new Sheriffs to avoid; Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike gave an overview of training issues facing new Sheriffs and discussed the role of the municipal police training council; Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero spoke on budgetary procedures and also explained the Fight Crime, Invest in Kids Program to the attendees; Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts covered social media and the Office of Sheriff; and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple spoke on traversing politics and on dealing with the media.

The new Sheriffs and Undersheriffs also heard presentations from: Chairman Thomas Beilein and Commissioner Thomas Loughren of the New York State Commission of Correction, Executive Deputy Commissioner Mike Green of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services; Superintendent Joseph D'Amico and First Deputy Patricia Groeber of the New York State Police; and James Allen, Director of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

A full session was devoted to Civil Office issues; we are grateful to Chief Ron Bill of the Broome County Sheriff's Office for presenting this session along with our Counsel, Tom Mitchell. Another session was devoted to jail issues and we are grateful to Jail Administrators: Mark Smolinsky from Broome County, Ron Harling from Monroe County, Alice Haskins from Ontario County and Ed Bly from Rensselaer County for presenting this session.

Remembering Former Dutchess County Sheriff Fred Scoralick
Former Dutchess County Sheriff Fred Scoralick passed away on November 29th at his family home in Poughquag, NY. He was 80 years old.  Fred started as a Deputy to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office in 1961 and was appointed Undersheriff in 1976. He was first elected Sheriff in 1978. When he retired in 1999  he was the longest serving elected Sheriff in Dutchess County history, having held the position for 21 years.

Fred was very active with the Association; he served as Chairman of the NYSSA Executive Committee for many years and held every office on the Board, including NYSSA President. In 1987, he was elected to the National Sheriffs' Association's Board of Directors and ultimately served as President of the NSA from 1997-1998. He is the only New York Sheriff who has held that office. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Barbara and their family and the entire Dutchess County community on the loss of a great community leader and servant.

Please click here for more details about Fred’s life.

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