April 18, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Congratulates 39 State Park Police Academy Graduates

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New Officers Will Help Protect State Park System's More Than 74 Million Annual Visitors

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today congratulated 39 graduates from the 16th Basic School of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Police Academy. The new officers will be assigned to regional commands throughout the state to serve in some of New York's 180 parks and 35 state historic sites, which attract more than 74 million visitors each year.

 

"Today, we recognize 39 men and women who have answered the call to protect the people of New York and our cherished state parks and historic sites," Governor Cuomo said. "The members of the New York State Park Police work selflessly every day to protect State Park visitors and people across the State. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my congratulations to these graduates and their families."

 

Acting State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, "We are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for the 74 million visitors to our state park system each year. These new officers will play a key role in helping visitors have a rewarding and enjoyable experience at state park facilities across New York."

 

State Parks Acting Director of Park Police Mark VanWie said, "Congratulations to our new park police officers. Their training has prepared them for a challenging and rewarding career - protecting New York State's system of parks and historic sites and the millions of people who visit them. They are joining a team of dedicated officers who provide a great public service to the people of New York State."

 

The 39 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, ATV operation, emergency vehicle operation and a wide variety of other law enforcement related topics. The new officers will begin a 10-week field training program where they will receive supervised training from senior officers, followed by assignment to patrol responsibilities.

 

The following graduates received special recognition awards:

 

  • Officer Christopher J. Roertgen, of South Setauket, NY, the recipient of the Leadership Award,
  • Officer Adam J. Mlodzianowski of Schenectady, NY, the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award.
  • Officer Joseph F. Roth of Watkins Glen, NY, the recipient of the Physical Fitness Award.
  • Officer Matthew D. Kozlowski of Lancaster, NY, the recipient of the Firearms Proficiency Award.

 

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 74 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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

 

MEMBER

HOMETOWN

INITIAL ASSIGNMENT

DISTRICT

ZONE

Officer Christopher W. Amorim

Ozone Park, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Katlyn C. Beebe

Minoa, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Ayrton J. Blankenberg

Corfu, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Vincent M. Boccia

Valley Stream, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Lisa M. Bugdin

Westhampton, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Salvatore M. Callea

Tonawanda, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Raymond D. Coffey

Adirondack, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Nichole M. DiVello

Mattituck, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Andrea M. Francisco

Camillus, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Michael B. Gemmel

Red Hook, NY

Hudson Valley

Taconic

Officer Michael J. Harlan

Huntington, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Kyle A. Harrington

Brewerton, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Frank J. Keegan

Watervliet, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Matthew A. Keller

West Babylon, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Paul L. Kieffer

Cowlesville, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Matthew D. Kozlowski

Lancaster, NY

Hudson Valley

Taconic

Officer Michael V. Kubek

East Amherst, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Christopher R. Leslie

Glenville, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Erik R. Leunig

Wading River, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Shannon A. Mackay

Breezy Point, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Matthew L. Mix

Spencer, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Adam J. Mlodzianowski

Schenectady, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Zachary M. Montroy

Ogdensburg, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Dustin A. Morris

Cortland, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Hamilton R. Nunez

Pine Bush, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Adam M. Pexton

Whitesboro, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Jeremy A. Pickering

Collins, NY

Hudson Valley

Taconic

Officer Dylan J. Pitt

Newburgh, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Angela M. Ragusa

Wheatfield, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Thomas P. Ray

Niagara Falls, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Luis J. Rodriguez

Accord, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Christopher J. Roertgen

South Setauket, NY

Long Island/Metro

Long Island

Officer Kyle P. Rooney

Ellenville, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Joseph F. Roth

Watkins Glen, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Brandon R. Schmelmer

Putnam Valley, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Justin N. Schwarzmueller

Wilson, NY

Long Island/Metro

New York City

Officer Christopher S. Spencer

Oneida, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Liseth M. Toro

East Moriches, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

Officer Joseph Wier IV

Schenectady, NY

Hudson Valley

Palisades

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