April 2, 2015
Albany

Governor Cuomo Congratulates 35 State Park Police Academy Graduates

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today congratulated 35 graduates from the 12th Basic School of the State Parks Police Academy. The new officers will be assigned to regional commands throughout New York to serve in some of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's 180 parks and 35 state historic sites, which attract more than 62 million visitors each year.

“Today we honor the commitment of 35 men and women who have stepped forward to serve New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “State Park Police Officers are committed to protecting millions of visitors to our parks, waterways and snowmobile trails and have a rich history of helping those in need. I congratulate these new law enforcement officers and welcome them to this noble organization.”

The 35 recruits completed a six-month residential training program at the State Park Police Academy in Rensselaerville, Albany County. Training consisted of classroom education in Criminal Procedure Law, Penal Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, Park and Recreation Law, criminal investigations and a host of other police-related topics. In addition, the recruits received hands-on training in firearms, first response, snowmobile operation, rope rescue and emergency vehicle operation.

The police officers will now begin a 10-week field training program at their regional command where they will receive supervised training from senior officers, followed by patrol responsibilities.

“State Park Police are essential to keeping the state park system safe and welcoming,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “I wish them all a successful and rewarding career as they embark on the challenges of protecting and serving the 62 million visitors to our vast and extremely diverse park system.”

“Congratulations to our new park police officers,” State Parks Director of Park Police David Herrick said. “Their training has prepared them for a challenging and satisfying career – protecting New York State’s system of parks and historic sites and the millions of people who visit them. I look forward to working with the new officers to provide an essential public service to the people of New York State.”

The following graduates received special recognition awards upon graduation from the police academy:

  • Officer Brian R. Pauly, of Depew, NY received the Leadership Award
  • Officer Candace Whitney, of Rocky Point, NY received the Physical Fitness Award
  • Officer Dongwan D. Kang, of Montrose, NY, received the Firearms Proficiency Award
  • Officer Andrew M. Carriero, of Gowanda, NY, received the Academic Achievement Award

Names, hometowns and regional assignments of the graduating class appear below:

NAME

HOMETOWN

INITIAL ASSIGNMENT REGION

ZONE

OFFICER

ANDREW M. CARRIERO

GOWANDA, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

ZACHARY R. CRAIN

RENSSELAER, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

TACONIC

OFFICER

ELYSE M. DIBONA

STEWART MANOR, NY

LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

OFFICER

ADAM M. DIVINCENZO

NORWOOD, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

DANIEL I. FISCHER

MEDFORD, NY

LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

OFFICER

CHRISTOPHER J. FITTON

EAST PATCHOGUE, NY

LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

OFFICER

MARK A. FREEMAN

HARRIMAN, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

DONALD H. GABEL III

BLAUVELT, NY

NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK CITY

OFFICER

JAMES J. GEHEN

WEST SENECA, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

CHRISTOPHER M. GREENE

QUEENSBURY, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

BRIAN M. GUSTITUS

HICKSVILLE, NY

LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

OFFICER

WILLIAM L. GUTHRIE

ALBANY, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

JONATHAN R. HEISLER

DEPEW, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

RICHARD M. HENNES, JR

KINGS PARK, NY

LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

OFFICER

KYLE W. HOFFMAN

NORTH COLLINS, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

DONGWAN D. KANG

MONTROSE, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

KELLY L. KEZAR

MORRISONVILLE, NY

NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK CITY

OFFICER

RYAN M. KIEVIT

PORT JERVIS, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

CHRISTOPHER M. LARAMEE

MALONE, NY

MID-STATE

THOUSAND ISL

OFFICER

BRIAN A. LASCH

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

JOSEPH A. MAESTRE

BAY SHORE, NY

LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

OFFICER

KYLE M. MARTINEZ

BRENTWOOD, NY

NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK CITY

OFFICER

NOLAN J. MCMAHON

GREENFIELD CENTER, NY

NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK CITY

OFFICER

ANDREW E. MINKOFF

HICKSVILLE, NY

LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

OFFICER

TIMOTHY I. MULHERN

ELMA, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

RYAN E. PAROULEK

FLORAL PARK, NY

LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

OFFICER

BRIAN R. PAULY

DEPEW, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

TYLER C. PEARSON

SCHENECTADY, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

TACONIC

OFFICER

JACOB T. POWELL

NEWARK, NY

NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK CITY

OFFICER

TRAVIS J. PRALLER

VARYSBURG, NY

WESTERN

GENESEE

OFFICER

THOMAS P. RYAN

NEW YORK, NY

NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK CITY

OFFICER

CHRISTOPHER M. SLAGUERO

PORT CHESTER, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

TACONIC

OFFICER

CODY SCALES

PORT JERVIS, NY

HUDSON VALLEY

PALISADES

OFFICER

DEREK R. SCHOLL

PLATTSBURGH, NY

UNASSIGNED

UNASSIGNED

OFFICER

CANDACE WHITNEY

ROCKY POINT, NY

LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND

For more information about state parks and historic sites in New York, please visit www.nysparks.com.

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