Volume 455
February 3, 2023
Sheriffs' News
NYSSA 2023 Winter Training Conference Recognizes Award Winners, New Officers
NYSSA’s 2023 Annual Winter Training Conference provided a good start to the year, with more than 40 Sheriffs attending the three-day conference in Albany; celebrating the leadership of NYSSA’s 2022 President, Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty; and welcoming the Association’s 2023 President, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. With 60-plus vendors and a roster of highly regarded speakers addressing relevant topics facing law enforcement professionals, this Winter Training Conference was one of the best ever.
The Speakers
Speakers from private companies and state-run law enforcement agencies provided Sheriffs with new resources for use in their Offices.

Catherine “Emo” Castle, wife of Saratoga County Undersheriff Richard Castle, discusses options and programs during her presentation on Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Sharp Attention — Columbia County Sheriff Don Krapf (left) and Undersheriff Jacqueline Salvatore focus on information presented during a program session.

Tony Lowden, Vice President of Reintegration and Re-entry for ViaPath Technologies, has presented at several NYSSA conferences and returns to tell Sheriffs of the tools available through his organization.

Sarah Rogerson, Professor of Law at Albany Law School and a gun violence survivor, speaks on gun violence prevention through safe firearm storage and community outreach with the BeSmart Program, designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.
Take note . . . or a picture — Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco captures a presenter’s information by phone for future reference.
Steven Nigrelli, Acting Superintendent for the New York State Police, spoke with Sheriffs about the roles they play in keeping their communities safe.
Additionally, several lawmakers stopped by to express their support for the work done by Sheriffs.
New York State Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado
New York State Senator Pete Harckham, with Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville (at back, left) and Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty.
Having Each Other’s Backs — New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (third from right) made a special appearance to show his support. He posed with (l – r) Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting, St. Lawrence County Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe, Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli, Herkimer County Sheriff Scott Scherer, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol (behind Senator Griffo), Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood and Broome County Sheriff Fred Akshar.
The Awardees
The Awards Luncheon showcased outstanding talent by law enforcement personnel in several areas, and were presented with awards sponsored by the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute.
Award-winning Lineup — Awardees and Sheriffs gather during the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute annual awards ceremony (l – r) Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, winner of the Grover Cleveland Award and Oneida County Sheriff’s Sergeant Curtis Morgan, who was honored with Correction Officer of the Year; Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa with Captain Vincent V. Alteri, winner of the Carl Draxler Award; Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean O’Brien, Deputy of the Year, with Hamilton County Sheriff Karl Abrams; and from Livingston County, winner of the Emergency Communicator’s Award, Dispatcher William Boyd and recipient of the Colleen O’Neill Award, Deputy Sheriff Rebecca Kane, with Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty.

Heartfelt Surprise — Sheriff Robert Maciol was overcome with surprise and emotion when presented with the Sheriff Grover Cleveland Award, which is the Institute's most prestigious award, named for the only Sheriff to serve as President of the United States. Only seven Sheriffs in New York State have received this honor: former Saratoga County Sheriff James Bowen, former Livingston County Sheriff John York, former Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, former Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha, former Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero and former Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder. Congratulations Sheriff Maciol!
The Vendors
Sheriffs took advantage of program breaks to learn about the latest and greatest in equipment and technology that support Sheriffs’ efforts in their counties.
Ulster County Juan Figueroa (left)
Broome County Sheriff Fred Akshar (right)
Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood (left)
St. Lawrence County Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe (right)
The Leadership
Goodbye and Hello
In the left photo, outgoing NYSSA President, Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty (with his back to the camera), listens to remarks by newly sworn President, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. The right photo shows both leaders on the stage.
Ready to Go – The Honorable Supreme Court Justice Thomas Marcelle (right) officiates at the swearing in of NYSSA’s 2023 President Craig Apple, currently serving his fourth term as Sheriff of Albany County. View the swearing in ceremony.

The Albany County Sheriffs’ Office Color Guard attended the ceremony and displayed the National and local flags.
The 2023 New York State Sheriffs' Association officers sworn in were:

First Vice President
Craig DuMond, Delaware County Sheriff

Second Vice President
James Quattrone, Chautauqua County Sheriff

Third Vice President
Juan Figueroa, Ulster County Sheriff

Todd Hood, Madison County Sheriff

Robert Milby, Wayne County Sheriff

Richard Giardino, Fulton County Sheriff

The 2023 Executive Committee members sworn in were:

Ernest Cutting, Chairman, Chenango County Sheriff

Timothy Whitcomb, Cattaraugus County Sheriff

Mark Helms, Cortland County Sheriff

Thomas Dougherty, Livingston County Sheriff

Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff

Louis Falco, Rockland County Sheriff

Jeffrey Murphy, Washington County Sheriff
Everyone Is On Board – Justice Marcelle swears in the officers and members of the Executive Committee for 2023, all of whom look forward to another year of providing quality support to the 57 Sheriffs across the great State of New York.
Other Sheriffs' News
Seneca County Jail Program Lays Dividends

An Eggcellent Idea! – The chickens raised by inmates at the Seneca County Correctional Facility produce about 50 eggs a week.
The high price of eggs is a common complaint among shoppers these days, but it’s not a problem at the Seneca County Correctional Facility.

In their December report, Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce and Undersheriff John Cleere noted that a program at the jail where inmates raise chicks into egg-laying hens is producing about 50 eggs per week. They are used for inmate meals.
“It has been a great benefit with the current price of eggs,” said Cleere, noting the jail has other programs that include gardening and raising pheasants for release into the wild. “These programs allow inmates to keep busy doing something constructive that benefits the public. Local mental health professionals said these programs are a positive influence on an inmate’s mental health and rehabilitation.”
Ontario County Deputy Retires after 50 Years of Service
Happy Trails – Members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office bid farewell to Deputy Michael McCabe (fourth from right) From left to right: Lt. Martin, Lt. Murphy, Chief Deputy Falbo, Undersheriff Michael Rago, Deputy Michael McCabe, Sheriff David Cirencione, Lt. Green and Lt. Colburn.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario County Sheriff's Office)
After fifty years with the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy “Sarge” Mike McCabe has worked his final shift.
McCabe started with the Sheriff’s Office as a Road Patrol Deputy in 1973 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1986. In 2005, McCabe retired from full-time status and has since worked part-time in the Background Investigation Unit.
Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. McCabe served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Ulster County Sheriff Featured in NSA Magazine
The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) member magazine, Sheriff & Deputy, ran an article in its January / February 2023 issue on drug trafficking that featured Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa. The Sheriff is Vice Chair of the NSA's Drug Enforcement Committee and joined in a roundtable Q&A session with other Sheriffs from across the nation to address what the magazine calls an "alarming new phase of the opioid crisis." 

Sheriff Figueroa recounted how in June 2022 Ulster County made the largest drug, methamphetamine, counterfeit pill and gun seizure in its history. "The drug cartels have more money and more technology than law enforcement. Focus on the source, not the users - illicit assets and drug proceeds."
Accreditation News
Livingston County Sheriff's Office is Reaccredited by LEAAC
Good for Another Five Years – (l – r) Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Yasso; Johanna Sullivan, Director of the Office of Public Safety at DCJS; Undersheriff Matthew Bean and Gregory Austin, Chairperson of the LEAAC mark the reaccreditation of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Yasso was also presented with the John Kimball O'Neil Certificate of Achievement at the ceremony.
Members of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office traveled to the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in Albany for a meeting of the NYS Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council (LEAAC) and to accept the Sheriff's Office reaccreditation award that certifies the agency until 2027.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office has been continually accredited by LEAAC since 1997, and maintains accredited status in the Jail Division, Court Security Division, Civil Division, Public Safety Answering Point and the SWAT Team.
Professional Development
C-PASS 2023 School Safety Conference
February 20 – 23, 2023 | Saratoga Springs, NY

The Committee on Policing and Safeguarding Schools is putting together the finishing touches on its second annual C-PASS School Safety Training Conference and Networking Dinner at the Excelsior Springs Event Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. More than 175 School Resource Officers and School Resource Deputies have registered, but there is room for a few more. Click here for program and registration information.
Rounding Out the File
A Hat for All Seasons
An Attention-Grabbing Logo – Recently we received a message from Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone (right): “Had a chance to do some trap shooting with my son and daughter-in-law along with grandson. I was asked by a few people about the hat I was wearing.”

[ED – If you can’t ID the logo from the photo, it looks something like this:
Thanks for spreading the word, Sheriff!]
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