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The New York State Sheriffs' Association
Volume 376

August 21, 2015

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NYS Sheriffs' Rapid Responder Program Featured in School Safety Info Article

The NYS Sheriffs' Rapid Responder Program was featured as a success story recently on, the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center's award-winning website devoted entirely to school safety. Please click here to read the article

Past and Present Sheriffs Gather to Honor Former Erie County Sheriff Michael Amico
(l to r): Senator Patrick Gallivan, former Erie County Sheriff Michael Amico, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard.
(l to r): Senator Patrick Gallivan, former Erie County Sheriff Michael Amico, Niagara County Sheriff, NYSSA President Jim Voutour.
(l to r): Former Erie County Sheriff Michael Amico, Senator Patrick Gallivan.
(l to r): Former Erie County Sheriff Tom Higgins, Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour, Senator Patrick Gallivan,Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, and (front) former Erie County Sheriff Michael Amico.
Past and Present Sheriffs, Narcotics Detectives, and Deputies gathered to honor former Erie County Sheriff Michael Amico and to discuss the growing narcotic problem in Erie County recently. Erie County  Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and Chief of Narcotics Alan Rozansky organized the gathering, which was also attended by:  former Erie County Sheriffs Michael Amico, Thomas Higgins, and Patrick Gallivan, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour, and former Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit members. The group  discussed current narcotic problems and the evolution of law enforcement in battling this problem.

Former Erie County Sheriff Michael Albert Amico, who turned 95 this year, remains active in the law enforcement community. He sits on the board of law enforcement agency foundations including The International Narcotics Association.  In 1969, Michael Amico ran for Erie County Sheriff and won his first term. As Sheriff, Amico used his experience and dedicated much of his term to ridding the streets of illegal drugs and expanding the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit. Under his leadership, the Narcotics Unit increased the number of Deputies and Detectives assigned to the unit and began aggressively investigating the illegal drug trade. His dedication and foresight culminated in the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit of today and the members of today's unit share his passion for public safety and removing illicit drugs from the streets and neighborhoods of Erie County.

The New York State Sheriff's Association, Sheriff Howard and Senator Gallivan all honored former Sheriff Amico's lifetime commitment to law enforcement at the gathering. He is the oldest former sheriff in New York State.  Read more about the event in a story published in  The Buffalo News .

Cattaraugus County Undersheriff Bill Nichols' Fight with Leukemia Inspires his Colleagues to Shave their Heads in Solidarity

Multiple news agencies reported this week that Cattaraugus County Sheriff Tim Whitcomb and more than 40 members of his office shaved their heads to express their solidarity with Undersheriff Bill Nichols who  is currently receiving treatment at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute for leukemia.

"I was the first one," Sheriff Whitcomb said. "I was struggling for a way we could all show our support for Billy. I've gone up to see Billy every week he's been up in Buffalo. It's very difficult for him. You struggle to find out what you can do to help. In this department, we fight together and we win together."

By Thursday, almost a third of Sheriff Whitcomb's staff had joined him in shaving their heads. They framed a group photo and brought it to Undersheriff Nichols. It now hangs in his room where he can see it. They also collected money to make a cash donation to Roswell Park in Undersheriff Nichols' name.

"It's crazy. I'm fiercely proud of our agency. I'm so proud of all our employees and their demonstration of solidarity. I'll forever be proud of this day. It's the difficult moments in life that bring people together who care about each other," Sheriff Whitcomb said.

For more on this story, please click on the following links: Olean Times HeraldWGRZ, Today.

Two Divisions of Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo's Office Earn Re-Accreditation
(l to r): Saratoga County Undersheriff Kevin Mullahey, NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe, Desk Sergeant Steven Gordon, Sheriff Michael Zurlo, Chief Richard Castle.
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo received recognition for the re-accreditation of his Corrections Division and 911 Communications Center recently. NYS Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe presented re-accreditation credentials to Sheriff Zurlo  in a  ceremony  held   at the Sheriff's Office   in Ballston Spa.   
"Achieving accreditation takes hard work by a lot of people. The entire staff of Sheriff Zurlo's Corrections Division and 911 Communications Center deserves to be recognized for this achievement," Mr. Kehoe said.  " Only a fraction of the state's 62 counties have qualified for multiple statewide accreditations," said  Sheriff Zurlo.  " Earning accreditation  really does show that members of our office are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in their profession, in order to best serve the citizens of our county."

Sheriff Zurlo recognized the  following individuals who spearheaded the effort to earn the re-accreditations: Desk Sergeant Steven Gordon and Jail Head Nurse Lisa  McInerney. Nice Work!
(l to r): Saratoga County Jail Administrator Richard Emery, Undersheriff Kevin Mullahey, NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe, Jail Head Nurse Lisa McInerney, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo.

Broome County Undersheriff Fred Akshar to Run for the 52nd Senate District Seat in November
Republicans are backing Broome County Undersheriff Fred Akshar, the county party's secretary, to run for the newly opened 52nd state Senate District seat,

Undersheriff  Akshar  will oppose Barbara Fiala, a Democrat and former state Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner. The 52nd district seat opened last month when longtime Sen. Tom Libous was convicted for lying to federal investigators.

 "I've committed my life to making our community the best it could be. The families in our community deserve a strong, energetic voice. I plan to bring the same passion and dedication from my service in law e nforcement to the State Senate," Undersheriff Akshar said.

Monroe County Sheriff's Bomb Squad Puts on Fireworks Show for Kids at Camp Good Days

On August 6th, the Monroe County Sheriff's Bomb Squad entertained the kids at Camp Good Days on Kueka Lake in Yates County with a 45-minute fireworks show, using seized fireworks that had to be disposed of. Check out the video above of a portion of the show! Click here to read more!


NYSSA Deputy Director Chuck Gallo Serves on the Governor's Police Officer of the Year Award Committee

The Governor's Police Officer of the Year Award Committee met in Albany on August 8 to consider nominations for the year 2014. 

Chuck Gallo served as our Association's representative on the committee,  meeting with representatives from DCJS, the New York State Police, NYPD-PBA, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Conference of NY, and the NYS Association of PBAs. Those representatives included the Executive Commissioner Mike Green/DCJS, Superintendent Joseph D'Amico/NYSP and Executive Director Margaret Ryan/NYSACOP.  The award winner will be announced by the Governor' s Office in due time and an award ceremony will be arranged in the winner's home area. Runners-up will receive Certificates of Extreme Valor from the Governor.

The Police Officer of the Year Award was created in 1983 to recognize a single police officer, or team of officers, for an exceptional act of valor, symbolizing the service of police in New York State. DCJS solicits nominations for this award every Spring. Sheriffs are encouraged to carefully review the criteria and consider nominating any deserving members of their agencies.

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, Associate Counsel Alex Wilson 
(l to r): NYSSA Associate Counsel Alex Wilson, Warren Clark, President, NYS Better Business Bureau, and Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard at a Yellow Dot Presentation in Buffalo, NY.

Associate Counsel Alex Wilson recently met with Warren Clark, president of the New York State Better Business Bureau in Clarence, New York, following a presentation by Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard to a group of senior citizens regarding the Yellow Dot Program. The purpose of the meeting was to to discuss how the Better Business Bureau can work with NYSSA in promoting the Yellow Dot Program through its constituency, the myriad of businesses of New York.

Child Passenger Safety Week Social Media Campaign begins Saturday, August 22
NHTSA has scheduled Child Passenger Safety Week for September 13-19, 2015 & National Seat Check Saturday for September 19, 2015. They have created a 30-day social media campaign to count down to the event. The  2015 countdown begins Saturday, August 22, and ends on National Seat Check Saturday, September 19. Click here to see the set of 30 images. NHTSA/TSM has included dates with the images as a suggested calendar for posting. An example of one of the images is included above.

Sheriffs' Association and Institute
Programs 2015:


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