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The New York State Sheriffs' Association
Volume 365

January 30, 2015

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Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo Appears on Beyond the Headlines

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Click on the arrow above to view Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo's appearance on Beyond the Headlines on Look TV this week. In the in-depth interview Sheriff Zurlo talks about the initiatives he has focused on since taking office.


Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley Appointed to College Council at Morrisville State


Sheriff Allen Riley has been appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the College Council at Morrisville State College. Sheriff Riley, who attended Morrisville State, gave a keynote commencement address at the college in 2014. "Sheriff Allen Riley has been a strong community advocate and a friend of the college," said Dr. William J. Murabito, president of Morrisville State. "As the keynote speaker last year, Sheriff Riley delivered an inspiring commencement address to the 2014 graduating class.  The college looks forward to his leadership and service as a member of the College Council."


This is the second appointment for Sheriff Riley by the Governor. In 2014, Sheriff Riley was tapped by Governor Cuomo to serve on his Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice. That commission was charged with studying the proposal to raise from 16 to 18 the age of criminal responsibility in the state, and the group recently released its report and recommendations to the Governor.


Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum
Announces Key Promotions
Photo (l to r): Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, Detective Frank Gillespie, and Undersheriff Michael Freer.

Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum has announced the appointment of Captain Michael O. Freer to the position of Undersheriff of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, and the promotion of Francis X. Gillespie to the rank of Detective in the Criminal Division of the Sheriff's Office. Undersheriff Freer succeeds former Undersheriff Frank P. Faluotico, Jr., who earlier this month announced his plans to retire after 28 years in law enforcement.

The new Undersheriff 
has been with the Sheriff's Office for 34 years. In 1981 he was appointed Deputy Sheriff from the first civil service list for deputy sheriff in Ulster County. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 1986, to patrol lieutenant in 2000; and to Captain of Police Services in 2007. Undersheriff Freer is a graduate of New Paltz High School. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University.


Detective Gillespie joined the Ulster County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy in July 2008, having graduated from Basic Police Academy. Congratulations to both Undersheriff Freer and Detective Gillespie!


Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar Swears in Two New Highway Patrol Officers
Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar swore in two new Highway Patrol Officers John P. Murphy and Michael R. Seney at the Rensselaer Public Safety Building in Troy NY. Congratulations!
Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Honors Captain Rick Clay Upon His Retirement
Captain Rick Clay, Commanding Officer of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Enforcement Bureau, was honored with a walk-out ceremony, marking the beginning of his retirement after a 31-year career with the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriffs of New York join in congratulating Captain Clay on his distinguished career, and wish him the best in retirement!


Drug Enforcement Administration Recognizes Livingston County Sheriff's Office 
Photo (L to R): Deputy Sheriff David Richardson, DEA Resident Agent in Charge Timothy Kernan, Sheriff Tom Dougherty and Road Patrol Captain Norm Zeh.

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty and the Livingston County Sheriff's Office was recently recognized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their efforts in combating illegal drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs, and promoting the safe disposal of prescription drugs by participating, from the very beginning,  in the DEA sponsored "Drug Take-Back Day."  Resident Agent in Charge Timothy Kernan of DEA Field Office RochesterNY presented a "Certificate of Appreciation" to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office in recognition of the ongoing partnership


On its ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 27, the DEA, along with 4,076 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners, collected 617,150 pounds (309 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at 5,495 sites. This brought the total amount of drugs collected in four years to or 2,411 tons. 


"The Livingston County Sheriff's Office has been there since day one of the initiative," said Resident Agent in Charge Kernan. "Your agency immediately partnered up with ours and that teamwork has continued to grow over the years. I thank you not only for your dedication to the Take-Back events but also the collaboration on fighting illegal drugs through the Livingston County Drug Task Force.  On behalf of the DEA we present your Office with this Certificate of Appreciation."


Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo Presents Agency Lifesaving Award

Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo recognized two Saratoga County Deputy Sheriffs for their heroic actions performed while rescuing a man from a fiery crash in the Town of Clifton Park on August 8th 2014. The awards were presented by Sheriff Zurlo at a meeting of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, which was attended by members of the Deputy's families and fellow members of the Sheriff's Office. The Lifesaving Award is given to a member of the Sheriff's Office for an act performed in the line of duty, which through disregard of personal safety or prompt and alert action, results in saving or prolonging a person's life. Sheriff Zurlo stated "Deputies Grady and O'Connor are just two examples of the great work performed by members of this Sheriff's Office and all law enforcement throughout the country on a daily basis. Their selfless actions are a testament to their training and personal commitment to the residents of Saratoga County." 

Safety Tips/ Traffic Safety Initiatives:


Super Bowl XLIX 2015 Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign 

February 1, 2015

Sheriffs' Association and Institute
Programs 2015:

Sheriff's Annual

Winter Training Conference

Feb 22-25, 2015

The Desmond, Albany, NY

Basic Civil Schools

Phase 1 April 13-17

Phase 2 May 18-22

NYSSA Offices, Albany, NY


Victim Notification Conference

April 22

Holiday Inn Wolf Road, 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, Saratoga Springs, NY