Volume 449
October 20, 2022
Sheriffs' News
Recap: NYSSA Jail Administrators' Training Conference
NYSSA’s Jail Administrators’ Conference, held at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, featured engaging topics and numerous vendors for more than 120 attendees representing 48 county jail operations throughout New York. Below are some highlights:

Steve Hanson, Associate Commissioner of the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS), presents a review of MAT legislation and funding sources.
Tony Lowden, ViaPath Technologies’ Vice President of Reintegration and Community Engagement, speaks about his company’s mission and the resources available to prepare incarcerated individuals for life after jail.

Members and staff of the State Commission of Correction attended the conference. Terry Moran, Director of Operations for the Commission, detailed protocols and procedures for statistical reporting to the State on incarcerated individuals.

Speakers throughout the three-day conference faced a packed room of jail administrators, who during the course of the program reached out to presenters with their questions and comments.

Kathryn Cooke, Senior Program Director at the New York State Department of Health, provided information on the DOH covid grant.

Nearly 30 vendors offered a wide scope of services and information to attendees.
Carrie Hill, a regular presenter at the conference, led a full-day review of jail legal issues faced by administrators.
Captain Aaron Galvin from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office explains the Office’s new approach to granting jail good time, which may tend to improve inmate behavior. 
Additional topics focused on FOIL Review, Covid Tracking for the State’s Department of Health and a review of employee discipline procedures. There was also ample time for professional networking, a golf outing and a dinner cruise on Lake George. All in all, it was a very productive conference!
Saratoga County Sheriff Honored by New York Legislator
With Grateful Thanks for Great Work New York State Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (center, in black suit) adds her congratulations to Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo (holding plaque) with (l – r) Saratoga County Undersheriff Rick Castle, ESGR representative Hy Taylor, Tom Mitchell of the New York State Sheriff’s Association; Sheriff Zurlo; Assemblymember Walsh, ESGR Representative Emil Baker, Chief Deputy Glen Sheehy and Captain Kevin Herrick.
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo was presented with the Seven Seals Award by Assemblymember March Beth Walsh (R, C – Ballston).
The Seven Seals Award is issued by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers. It recognizes significant individual or organizational achievement, initiatives, or support that promotes the ESGR mission.
“Whether it’s employing members of the New York State Guard and Reserves or promoting employer outreach, recruitment and boss lifts, Sheriff Zurlo has demonstrated unwavering commitment to our military and veterans,” observed Assemblymember Walsh. “He leads our county law enforcement with dignity, class and respect, qualities which all coincide with the ESGR mission.”
NYSSA and ISSA Join Forces to Create Statewide Program
ISSA, a worldwide association for the cleaning industry, is partnering with the New York State Sheriffs’ Association to launch the first-ever statewide training and certification program for incarcerated individuals in New York’s county jail system.
With this program, individuals can now become certified by ISSA’s Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) as experts on cleaning.

The training will roll out in phases, first by certifying correction employees as Professional Trainers in the field of commercial cleaning, through CMI’s “Train the Trainer” course. The second phase will deploy a new cleaning-for-health initiative within correctional facilities, followed by vocational instruction of incarcerated individuals.
Western New York Sheriffs Meet . . . and Go for a Spin
West is Best (left to right) Schuyler County Sheriff Kevin Rumsey, Wayne County Sheriff Robert Milby, Orleans County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Robin Riemer, Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter, Allegany County Sheriff Ricky Whitney, Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti, Livingston County Sheriff and NYSSA President Thomas Dougherty and Erie County Sheriff John Garcia.
Sheriff Filicetti and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office were pleased to host the Western New York Sheriff’s Meeting. Sheriffs from across the area meet periodically to discuss initiatives, mutual challenges, and formulate plans to better serve their communities.
Some of the Sheriffs who attended took a spin in the NCSO’s driving simulator, perhaps as a last practice run before the Sheriffs’ Showdown II competition held on October 13 in Watkins Glen.
Speaking of Sheriffs' Showdown, Too . . .
To the Victor . . . — Chemung County Sheriff William Schrom (front left) is congratulated by Schuyler County Sheriff Kevin Rumsey (front right) on taking first place at the Sheriffs' Showdown II at Watkins Glen International Raceway on October 13. Behind them, joining in, are (l - r) Broome County Sheriff David Harder, Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood, Wayne County Sheriff Robert Milby and, in partial view, Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond.
The results are in . . .
But first, check out the video of the post-race awards ceremony held at Watkins Glen International Raceway. This event raised $65,000 for the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute camp on Keuka Lake!

Sheriffs took to the track in a friendly competition to see who could outrace the others and claim the top spot. One of the cars was a Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office first all-battery electric patrol vehicle.

And now . . . the results:
Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond garnered the third top spot, Schuyler County Sheriff Kevin Rumsey claimed second place and the 2022 Sheriffs' Showdown winner is Chemung County Sheriff William Schrom. Congratulations!
Everyone who took part are winners, the Sheriffs who raced, the sponsors and volunteers who were generous with their time and money and of course the campers who will benefit from this event. On behalf of the Sheriffs’ Institute, thank you for a fun and fast-paced day!

Showdown II Photos: Joe Damone
Faith and Blue Aims to Rise and Shine
The annual Faith & Blue weekend was held October 7 – 10, featuring more than 100 programs involving over 750 law enforcement partners nationwide. In New York State, Sheriffs’ Offices recognized the event through partnerships with local faith-based organizations.
Faith & Blue was created on the premise that strong communities are built through mutual respect and understanding, with law enforcement and faith institutions serving as key pillars in each community.

Batter Up The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office Facebook page shows members preparing for a free pancake breakfast, co-hosted by Lansing Methodist Church and Ithaca First Congregational Church on October 10.
Community and Communication Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone (in Sheriff's insignia cap sixth from left) and the Sheriff's Office co-hosted a chicken barbecue with the St. Susan Center, Hillcrest Church, St. Luke’s Church and the Islamic Society of Jamestown, among other participants.
Always Open for Business

Welcome Home – The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office (pictured, left) was one of many Offices that hosted an open house last month in observance of Sheriff’s Week 2022.
Legislation and Law
Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa (right) recently had the opportunity to connect with New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins during a visit by President Joe Biden to the IBM plant in Poughkeepsie for a presentation on investing in the Hudson Valley and the creation of 7,000 jobs to manufacture computer chips.
For the Love of Dog . . .
The Pine Tree Rifle Club of Johnstown, NY recently presented a check to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office with the proceeds from its 13th Annual K-9 Ride. As shown above, they raised a record $27,000. “Can't wait until # 14,” noted a representative from the Club.
Accreditation News
Yates County Sheriff's Office Court Security Division
Solid Court Security for the Next Five Years – Pictured (l – r) during a brief presentation ceremony at the Yates County Courthouse are Court Security Sgt. William Bacher, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe, Yates County Judge Jason Cook, Court Security Officer Robert Quayle and Chief Corrections Officer Jared Bailey.
The Court Security Division of the Yates County Sheriff’s Office was reaccredited by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. The Division, first accredited in 2007, completed its reaccreditation process and is certified through 2027.
Sheriff Ron Spike noted that Yates County is one of only nine counties in the State to achieve accreditation in Court Security.
Rounding Out the File
The Sweetest Part of Sheriffs' Week
In recognition of Sheriffs' Week in St. Lawrence County, staff and students of the Edwards-Knox Central School District showed their appreciation to Deputy Zachary Montroy. Deputy Montroy (at right in photo) had been teaching elementary students about school bus safety. Chief Leighton Filiatrault stopped in as well to visit.
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