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The New York State Sheriffs' Association
Volume 377

September 18, 2015

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Primary Election Results

In the Rensselaer County Republican primary, long-time Undersheriff Pat Russo defeated a former Sheriff's Sergeant Scott Ryan by a substantial margin. Undersheriff Russo has no Democratic challenger in November. Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar declined to run for a 4th term.

In Herkimer County, 4-term incumbent Sheriff Chris Farber handily turned back  two Republican primary challengers: James Palumbo Jr., the former Village of Frankfort Police Chief and former Herkimer County Sheriff Dan Reardon, who held the office from 1985 to 1995. The primary challenges  w ere  widely seen as a payback attempt by a certain faction upset over Chris having sought the Assembly seat last year. Sheriff Farber is the First Vice President of  our  Association and is slated to assume the Presidency next year.

In a surprise upset in Orleans County, Chief Deputy Thomas Drennan lost the Republican primary to Randy Bower, a 29-year public safety dispatcher in the Orleans County Communications Center. Chief Drennan has the Independence Party line and is expected to wage a vigorous fight on that line alone. There is also a Democratic candidate whose candidacy may be helped by the situation on the Republican side. Three-term incumbent Sheriff Scott Hess declined to seek re-election.

Law Enforcement Supervisors Conference in Saratoga Springs This Week

Fifty-four Law Enforcement Supervisors from 31 sheriff's offices around the state attended the 18th Annual Law Enforcement Division Supervisor's Continuing Education Program at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY this week.
Several Sheriff's Offices led sessions, including: the Sheriffs' Response to Dannemora Escape by Clinton County Sheriff David Favro and Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill; a discussion regarding Body Cameras for Police by Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour and Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo; an account of the Sullivan County Drug Bust by Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff, and a recap of an Albany County Investigation into the Death of a Child by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. Our President, Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour, was joined by Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder in presenting certificates to the graduates at the close of the conference.  Thanks to all who participated!

Remembering Former Erie County Sheriff Michael Amico
Then-Erie County Sheriff Michael A. Amico cleans out his desk and prepares to leave office in December 1976. Buffalo News file photo.
(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 at a recent event held to honor Sheriff Amico for his continued contributions to the battle against narcotics and to the law enforcement community.
Former Erie County Sheriff Michael Amico passed away on Sunday September 6 in his Amherst home. At 95 years of age, he was the oldest former Sheriff in New York State at the time of his death. 

Just last month, past and present Sheriffs, Narcotics Detectives, and Deputies gathered to honor the former Sheriff.  Erie County  Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, Chief of Narcotics Alan Rozansky,  former Erie County Sheriffs Thomas Higgins, and Senator Patrick Gallivan, and Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour, attended .

Sheriff Amico flew B-24 Liberators in the Azores during the waning days of World War II.  He joined the Buffalo Police Department as a patrolman in 1947, and was assigned to the Motorcycle Division in 1951.  While doing police work, he graduated from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1958 and was admitted to practice law in New York the following year. 

In 1969, he 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.    "He loved the Western New York community. He certainly should be remembered for his lifelong commitment to narcotics enforcement," Erie County Sheriff Timothy A. Howard said of the former Sheriff.

Sheriff Amico leaves behind his wife of 70 years, the former Virginia Bishop; a daughter, Joanne Fontana; a brother, the Rev. Charles R.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Read more about Sheriff Amico The Buffalo News.

Governor Cuomo Joins New York's Sheriffs to Declare Sheriff's Week in New York State
Governor Cuomo joined New York's Sheriffs in declaring the Week of September 14, 2015 to be Sheriff's Week in New York State. Sheriff's Week celebrates  the significant contributions made by Sheriff's Offices around our state every day. It is a time to celebrate  not only the work of the county sheriffs, but also the dedicated and professional work of deputies, corrections officers and civilian employees who serve the public in sheriff's offices around New York.  To mark the occasion, sheriff's offices host events and carry out public information campaigns to draw attention to the dedicated service that characterizes the Office of Sheriff in our state. This year social media played a larger role in promoting the office of sheriff in our communities, including sharing NYSSA's Sheriff's Week PSAs, posting historical facts about the Office of Sheriff each day, and tweeting with the hashtag: #sheriffsweek.

Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar Recognized for Corrections Accreditation 
Photo (l ot r): Undersheriff Pat Russo, Chief of Corrections Edward Bly, Accreditation Manager Greg Buell, Lieutenant Stacey Sauer, Sheriff Jack Mahar, NYS Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe.
Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar received recognition for the Accreditation of his Corrections Division recently. WRGB Channel 6 covered the event.   Click here to view their story. NYS Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe presented accreditation credentials to Sheriff Mahar in a ceremony at the Rensselaer County Public Safety Building, praising Sheriff Mahar, Undersheriff Patrick Russo, Chief of Corrections Edward Bly, and the entire staff of the Corrections Division for the achievement. The following individuals who spearheaded the effort to earn the accreditation were recognized at the ceremony: Chief of Corrections Edward Bly, Accreditation Manager Greg Buell, Lieutenant Stacey Sauer, and Nurse Administrator Heather Holliday. Nice work!

Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett's Civil Division Earns Accreditation
Pictured from left to right are New York Sheriff's Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe, Sheriff David Bartlett, Undersheriff John Davi, Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Patrick Grattan and Stephanie Rochler of the Civil Enforcement Division.
Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett received recognition for the accreditation of his Civil Division this week. NYS Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe presented re-accreditation credentials to Sheriff Bartlett  in a  ceremony  held   at the Columbia County Board of Supervisor's Meeting .   The accreditation is based on a review of 121 individual components of the division's operations by civil enforcement officers from other sheriff's offices.  "Only 26 of the state's 62 counties are accredited in their civil division," said Executive Director Kehoe.  The Columbia County Sheriff's Office received law enforcement accreditation in 2007 and the corrections division was awarded accreditation in 2008.  "My goal is to have every division of my office accredited after my first term in office," Sheriff Bartlett said.

Sheriff Bartlett recognized the  following individuals who spearheaded the effort to earn the accreditation:  Civil Clerks Stephanie Rochler and Jeanette Shumsky and Civil Division Commander Sgt. John Rivero.  Nice Work!

Shine the Light! Domestic Violence Awareness Month. October 2015

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Sheriffs around the state participate in a variety of ways each year, including illuminating their offices with purple lights at night. The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence has prepared materials for their " Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" campaign that connects communities across New York by turning the state purple during October.  People wear purple clothing while police cars and municipal vehicles display purple magnetic ribbons. Their  toolkit offers many resources that are available for free download. Please take a look at the suggested ways you can go purple, posters, brochures and wallet cards you can print and give out, sample press releases and much more. And note that "Wear Purple Day" in 2015 is Wednesday, October 21.

Jail Administrators' Training Conference 

September 28 - October 1

Gideon Putnam, Sar atoga Springs, NY