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Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Tortorella Receives Presidential Medal of Valor

Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joseph Tortorella was one of 13 law enforcement officers receiving the Presidential Medal of Valor at the White House last week. The medal is conferred upon officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in an attempt to protect human life. Deputy Tortorella was honored for his actions […]


Governor Cuomo joins New York’s Sheriffs in declaring Sheriffs’ Week in NYS

Governor Cuomo has proclaimed the week of September 18-24, 2016 to be Sheriff’s Week in New York State. Sheriff’s Week celebrates the significant contributions made by the office of sheriff in county government and in the statewide criminal justice system. Fifty-five of New York’s 58 sheriffs are elected officials, accountable to the citizen voter every […]


Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike Elected to NSA Executive Committee

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, a member of the National Sheriffs Association (NSA) board of directors, was elected to the Executive Committee of the NSA on June 29 by the full board. The NSA annual conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended by New York Sheriffs Gary Maha, Barry Virts, James Voutour, Vincent DeMarco, Donald Smith and Ron […]


Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts Earns Re-Accreditation

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts was recognized before the County Board of Supervisors in June along with members of his staff for their efforts in earning re-accreditation of the Corrections Division. Executive Director Peter Kehoe praised: Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick, Lieutenant David Ambeau, RN Bernice Miller, Sergeant Richard Morrison, Sergeant James Miller, Sergeant Andrew Steel, Correction Officer […]


Erie County Promotes Yellow Dot Program

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard held a press event in Buffalo in September to promote the NYSSA Yellow Dot Program.  In attendance was Alex Wilson, Associate Counsel for the Association, along with various business and community leaders from Erie County. Sheriff Howard has put great effort into promoting the Yellow Dot Program in the past several years, and […]


Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo Hosts 82nd Annual Summer Conference

The Summer Training Conference for Sheriffs was a great success thanks to our hosts, Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo and his wife Jane, and to all the Sheriffs from around the state who participated. NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli addressed the group, saying: “Lately, we’ve seen all too clearly the daily risks taken, and the sacrifices made, by members of […]


Two New York State Counties Win NSA Photo Contest

New York State dominated the recent NSA photo contest, with Jefferson County declared the Overall Winner and Niagara County winning in the K-9 category. The Overall Winner was a photo taken by Jefferson County’s Kim Schuldt: “County Fair Patrol.” The photo depicts Deputy Jamie Taylor walking hand-in-hand with his daughter Callie at the 2015 Jefferson […]


President Chris Farber Guest on HMCS Athabaskan

Association President Sheriff Chris Farber and Executive Director Peter Kehoe were guests onboard a Royal Canadian Navy Flagship, the HMCS Athabaskan, in the New York Harbor during Fleet Week at the invitation of Ed Yoshiyama, Liaison Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, attached to the Canadian Consulate General in New York City. The luncheon […]


Monroe County Law Enforcement Torch Run

Monroe County Undersheriff Andrew Forsythe was honorary chairman of the law enforcement torch run to benefit Special Olympics at SUNY Brockport this year. The Undersheriff kicked off the event with Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn.   Read more


Wayne County Offender Watch

Sheriff Barry Virts shares coverage praising of Wayne County’s Offender Watch program which allows you to input places your children go and receive a notification if a registered sex offender moves near there.   Read more