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The New York State Sheriffs' Association
Volume 372

May 1,  2015

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Former Monroe County Sheriff Andy Meloni, Age 84, Passes Away

Andy Meloni, Sheriff of Monroe County from 1980 to 2001, passed away early Friday morning, May 1, 2015, after battling illness for several years.  He joined the Monroe County Sheriff's Office as a part-time clerk in 1955 and rose to serve as Undersheriff for the legendary Sheriff Al Skinner, before later going on to become a legendary Sheriff himself. Andy was a long-time active and energetic member of the NYSSA Executive Committee right up to the time of his retirement. He was also active with the National Sheriffs' Association and served as chairman of the Standards Committee which developed the first Sheriffs Code of Conduct for adoption by the NSA. After retirement Sheriff Meloni and his wife Laura continued to join us at most of our Summer Training Conferences, including as recently as our 2014 Summer Conference in Watkins Glen.  Andy always went out of his way to talk with any youngsters who attended our conferences and had a great rapport with them. Calling hours are Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5 from 3 to 8 PM at the Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home, and a memorial service will be held at St. John Fisher College at 11 AM on Wednesday, May 6. Click here and here to view stories on Sheriff Meloni's passing. 

9th Annual Statewide Conference on Victim Notification a Success

The Sheriffs' Institute brought together over 100 victim advocates and law enforcement officials from more than 50 agencies for the 9th Annual New York Statewide Conference on Victim Notification in Albany, NY. The keynote speaker, Tamera Parker, is President of the Board of the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Inc. and herself a victim of domestic violence. Ms. Parker presented the story of how she was violently assaulted by her husband in 2005 and the physical and emotional aftermath of that assault, which included her having 19 facial surgeries to date. "Tamera did a great job of reminding us all that things aren't always as they appear. While Tamera did not think her abuse followed the "normal" pattern, it was apparent to the advocates in the room that the dynamics utilized by the offender to exercise control continue to be misunderstood even now," said Janet Koupash, Director of the Office of Victim Assistance of the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Other speakers included Elizabeth Cronin, Director of the NYS Office for Victim Services; Kate Hogan, Warren County District Attorney; Gwen Wright, Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence;  Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti who presented on Technology and Victim Safety; Wendi Gapczynski-Bekkering, Advocacy Coordinator with the YWCA of North Eastern NY; and Mary Ellen Still and Robert Dosiak of the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections.  A panel of seven individuals from: the Schenectady County Police Department, the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office, the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office, and the Schenectady County Probation Department discussed the successful team approach the county has developed to address domestic violence there. 

At the annual Victim Notification Banquet the night before the conference, Dr. Nicholas Troisi was named Member Emeritus of the New York State Sheriffs' Victim Advisory Board in recognition of his fifteen years of extraordinary dedication to improving crime victim services in New York.

The conference was a success thanks to the efforts of Sheriff Alan Riley, the Chairman of the Conference, Institute Executive Director Chris O'Brien, and Director of Victim Services Edmund Wutzer both behind the scenes and at the conference.  Thanks to everyone who came out to this important conference.  


Chautauqua County Awarded Jail Accreditation

(l to r) Chautauqua County Undersheriff Charles Holder and Captain James Crowell, Association Director Peter Kehoe, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace and Lieutenant Douglas Mulson

Sheriff Joe Gerace and the men and women of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Corrections Division were honored last week at a presentation before the County Legislature in which the Jail Division was awarded Accreditation by the New York State Sheriffs' Association. Executive Director Peter Kehoe relayed to Sheriff Gerace and his staff the congratulations of all the New York Sheriffs for this achievement, pointing out that fewer than half of the state's 62 counties have achieved this accreditation.


Sheriff Gerace praised his staff for their tireless work on the project. "All of the members of the Corrections Division contributed to this effort in some way.  Program Manager Lt. Doug Mulson was the key to the success of this initiative and spent countless hours preparing for the assessment and Captain James Crowell demonstrated strong leadership in oversight of the project.  I am very proud of this accomplishment and those who were involved," he said.


The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office had previously obtained accreditation from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for its Law Enforcement Division and accreditation for the 911 Center. Sheriff Gerace said that his Office will seek the remaining two accreditations available from the New York State Sheriff's Association--Civil Division and the Court Security Division--later this year.


Executive Committee on Counter Terrorism Meets

Among those in attendance at the ECCT Meeting: (front row, l to r) Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha, Oswego County Sheriff Moe Todd
(back row, l to r) Erie County Chief Scott Patronik, Rockland County Undersheriff Bob Van Cura, DHSES Commissioner John Melville
The New York State Executive Committee on Counter Terrorism held its spring meeting at the Counter Terrorism Center at the New York State Intelligence Center in East Greenbush, Rensselaer County. The meeting was chaired by the new Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Commissioner John Melville, former acting Superintendent of State Police. The Committee heard a threat brief from the FBI; a presentation on home grown radicals by Superintendent Best of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; a report on recent "Red Team" exercises in the State; a review of the State Police "School Emergency Plans" project; and, reports on activities in the Counter Terrorism Zones around the State. State Police Lt. Col. Tom Fresenius, the long-time coordinator of the Office of Counter Terrorism and the NYSIC, announced his plans to retire in the near future. Representing the Sheriffs at the meeting were Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha, Oswego County Sheriff Moe Todd, Warren County Sheriff Bud York, Rockland County Undersheriff Bob VanCura, Erie County Chief of Special Services Scott Patronik, and NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe.


First Responders Gather to Honor Warren County K-9 Officer Eric
Officers salute Warren County K-9 Officer Eric as he is escorted to Glens Falls Animal Hospital Sunday. Eric, who played an instrumental role in the Sheriff's Office's drug unit, was recently diagnosed with advanced cancer and had to be euthanized.

Police officers and emergency responders from around the region gathered Sunday morning to honor a Warren County Sheriff's Office police dog who had to be euthanized because of illness. Eric, a German shepherd who has been with the department since 2008, was diagnosed with advanced cancer recently. He was put down Sunday, but not before he had a final tour of duty and dozens came out to honor him as he was brought to Glens Falls Animal Hospital. Eric came to the department when newly elected Sheriff Bud York resurrected the agency's canine program. Among those turning out to support Combs and his partner were: Sheriff's deputies from Warren and Washington counties, State Police, Queensbury Central firefighters and West Glens Falls EMS members. Eric, who was 8 years old, was owned and handled by sheriff's Patrol Officer Terry Combs and was an important part of the Sheriff's Office drug unit in recent years. He was named for Eric Loiselle, an Essex County Sheriff's Deputy who was killed in an on-duty traffic accident on the Northway in 2005. The Sheriff's Office has an additional dog assigned to the patrol division, Ozzy, named for fallen serviceman Ben Osborn.


Sheriffs Meet with Representatives of the NYS Association of County Clerks

Last Thursday, the Sheriffs Association hosted a meeting at our Albany office with representatives of the NYS Association of County Clerks to discuss ongoing issues of mutual concern related to the SAFE Act. The primary topic of discussion was the development of the State's pistol permit recertification program, though other aspects of the law were talked about as well. Representing the Sheriffs were Fulton County Sheriff Tom Lorey, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, and Warren County Sheriff Bud York. Also in attendance were Peter Kehoe and Alex Wilson of the Sheriffs' Association. Representing the Association of County Clerks were: the new Association President Mike Janowski of Wayne County; Chair of the Association of County Clerks SAFE Act Committee Paul Piperato, Clerk of Rockland County; Matt Hoose, Clerk of Ontario County; Bruce Hidley, Clerk of Albany County; and Craig Hayner, Clerk of Saratoga County.


Sheriffs' Association and Institute
Programs 2015:


Basic Civil Schools

Phase 2 May 18-22

NYSSA Offices, Albany, NY


Civil Supervisor Training Conference

May 11-13

Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, NY


Undersheriffs Training Conference

June 8-10

Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, NY

Sheriff's Annual

Summer Training Conference

July 13-17, 2015

Lake Placid, NY


Law Enforcement Supervisors 

Training Conference

September 14 - 16

Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, NY


Jail Administrators' Training Conference 

September 28 - October 1

Gideon Putnam, Sar atoga Springs, NY