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Volume 399                                                                                                                     November 18, 2016
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News of the NYS Sheriffs' Association
Happy Thanksgiving wooden blocks against a rustic wood background with autumn leaves and pumpkins
Registration Open for Annual Winter Training Conference
  The NYS Sheriffs' Association's 83rd Annual Winter Training Conference will take place January 23 - 26, 2017 at The Desmond in Albany, NY.  Please visit our website for more information and to register to attend or exhibit.
Sheriffs in the News
On November 7, Associate Counsel Alex Wilson attended a briefing at the Canadian consulate in New York City. The topic of the day’s discussion was the distribution of fentanyl from Canada into the United States. Numerous experts spoke to the assembled group, which was comprised of American state and federal law enforcement officials. The Association was there at the invitation of Ed Yoshiyama (pictured), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s liaison to the consulate, who has met with Association staff and many of our Sheriffs to offer his services to any Sheriff’s Offices needing an entre into any Canadian law enforcement agencies or other Canadian government organizations.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol has been appointed by Governor Cuomo to the Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council to fill the position ​​previously held by​ retired Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh. Other Sheriffs serving on the LEAC are Genesee County Sheriff  Gary Maha and Ontario County Sheriff Phil PoveroIn addition, Orleans County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Mariano represents the deputies on the council. 
Putnam County Sheriffs' Office Saddened by Loss of Undersheriff Peter Convery
With profound sorrow, Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announced the sudden passing Tuesday of Undersheriff Peter H. Convery.  Peter, aged 65, died after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home in Mahopac at about 8:30 am.

Peter served as Sheriff Smith’s Undersheriff since they both took office in 2002, and attended many of our Sheriffs conferences, as well as being an active participant in our Undersheriffs conferences and other committees of the Association. 

“We are all absolutely heartbroken,” said Sheriff Smith. “Peter was a loving and devoted family man, who adored his wife Luanne and their children Caitlin, Courtney, Kerry, Tara and Connor, and their children’s families.  And he was a very good friend to me.”

“Peter spent most of his adult life giving of himself in conscientious public service to the community and in volunteer activities for many worthy causes. So many, many people liked Peter and loved Peter and we will all miss him very, very much,” said the Sheriff. 

Undersheriff Convery began his career with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in 2002, after a long career with the Westchester County Department of Corrections, where he retired as a captain. His law enforcement career spanned over 40 years.

Our condolences to Undersheriff Convery’s family and to all the members of the  Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Visiting will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016 and Sunday November 20, 2016 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm each day at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday November 21, 2016 at 10 am at St. John The Evangelist Church, 225 East Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY. Interment will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Brewster, NY.
Blast from the Past
Faces from the past: Senior Sheriffs will remember Jerry Burrell and his wife Kathy. Jerry served as Sheriff of Cattaraugus County from 1985 to 1996. He then came to Albany as DCJS Deputy Commissioner/Bureau for Municipal Police. He "retired" back to Cattaraugus County where he served a stint in the County Legislature. Since then he has lived in several places around the country but has now settled in the Capital District.  He and Kathy affirm that there is life after Sheriffing.
Traffic Safety News
Thanksgiving Weekend Click It or Ticket, November 24-27
Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It's one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2014 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, December 1), 341 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the nation. Tragically, 50% of those killed were not buckled up at the time of their fatal crash.

Visit the NHTSA Website for Thanksgiving enforcement campaign materials.  
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