May 15, 2024
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Announces 214th Session Graduation From the State Police Basic School

Governor Hochul Announces 214th Session Graduation From the State Police Basic School

228 New Troopers Join the Ranks of the New York State Police

Today’s Graduation Increases the State Police Ranks to 4,977 Sworn Members

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Governor Kathy Hochul congratulated 228 new State Troopers as they graduated today from the 214th Session of the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy. The ceremony was held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Today’s graduation increases the State Police ranks to 4,977 sworn members.

“Today’s graduates have dedicated themselves to a life of public service, and are making a commitment to serve and protect all New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said. “I commend these new Troopers for their hard work and dedication, and I wish them well as they join the long grey line in keeping the people of our great state safe.”

“Today we celebrate the newest graduates of the New York State Police Academy joining a long tradition of honor,” Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado said. “New York will be a safer place because of these public servants. We applaud their dedication, bravery, and commitment to serving our state.”

New York State Police Superintendent Steven G. James said, “Today’s ceremony is one of our finest traditions, and introduces a new generation of highly trained men and women to the New York State Police. These new Troopers will serve New Yorkers with honor, integrity, and bravery, and I welcome them to our ranks.”

In addition to honoring all graduates from the 214th Session of Basic School, Superintendent James presented the following awards:

Academic Performance Award

As a special incentive for all students attending the State Police Academy Basic School, the Superintendent sponsors the awarding of a firearm for the attainment of the highest level of academic performance during Academy training.

The winner of the “Academic Performance Award” is Trooper Nicholas J. Krafft, a 26-year-old resident of Cornwall, New York. He is a graduate of John Jay College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Prior to joining the New York State Police, he was a patrolman with the New York City and Blooming Grove Police Departments. Throughout the Academy training program, he achieved an outstanding overall academic average of 95.72 percent. He will be assigned to Troop F

Firearms Proficiency Award

The New York State Trooper Foundation has sponsored the awarding of a firearm for the attainment of the highest level of performance in all phases of firearms training.

The winner of the Superintendent’s Firearms Proficiency Award is Trooper Matthew A. Grant, age 28, of Washingtonville, New York. He attended SUNY Orange County Community College where he studied business administration. Prior to joining the New York State Police, Trooper Grant was a police officer with the New York Police Department and served in the United States Marine Corps. During firearms training, he fired an average score of 250 out of a possible 250. He will be assigned to Troop F.

Investigator Joseph T. Aversa Physical Fitness Award

The New York State Police Investigators Association has sponsored the awarding of a firearm for the attainment of the highest degree of physical fitness during the Physical Training Program at the Academy. This award will be presented in memory of deceased Investigator Joseph Aversa. Investigator Aversa made the ultimate sacrifice in New York City on March 5, 1990, during a narcotics investigation while serving as a member of the Joint Drug Enforcement Task Force. Investigator Aversa was a six-year State Police veteran who believed that physical conditioning was an integral part of being a Trooper.

The recipient of this Award is Trooper Dominick A. Battaglia, Jr., age 25, of Liverpool, New York. Trooper Battaglia is a graduate of Le Moyne College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA. Prior to joining the State Police, he was an analyst at National Grid and was a patrolman for the Onondaga County Park Police. During the physical agility testing, he achieved the highest score of all 228 Members of the 214th Session, a tribute to his superb physical conditioning. He will be assigned to Troop D.

Student Representative

The New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association has sponsored the awarding of a firearm to the member of the class who is selected by his or her peers to represent them during these exercises. The PBA presents the award in memory of Trooper John J. McKenna IV, who was killed in action in 2006, while serving his country as a Marine in Iraq.

The recipient of this Award is Trooper Jack C. Merritt, age 28, of Somers, New York. He is a graduate of Oneonta State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Prior to joining the New York State Police, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He will be assigned to Troop F.

The new Troopers will report for field duty on May 17, 2024. For the following 10 weeks, the new Troopers will be evaluated under a field-training program supervised by senior Field Training Officers.

Below is a list of Field Training assignments where graduates will begin their careers. Included are the hometowns of the graduates.

Troop A Graduates
BRYCEABORDONAROLeRoy, NY
ADAMAPANFILBuffalo, NY
LAMARRREEVES IIIBuffalo, NY
WILLIAMLGORMANBuffalo, NY
QUINTENJVLESLancaster, NY
GARYWANDZELWest Seneca, NY
ZACHARYJHANNANPavillion, NY
MATTHEWSFINNEGANYorktown, NY
HUNTERLTEBOEFalconer, NY
JACOBTWENTLANDDepew, NY
CHRISTIANJMAEDERHamburg, NY
JACKAWEBBERBuffalo, NY
GRIFFINMSMITHHolland, NY
ANDREWAACHENBACHWilliamsville, NY
MICHAELMMOTLEYBuffalo, NY
JOELLEMKADIOrchard Park, NY
BENJAMINGHANFORDClarence, NY
ERNESTRROBINSONBuffalo, NY
ELIJAHSBOROWIAKHamburg, NY
JAMESPCHOJNACKIBuffalo, NY

Troop B Graduates
CAMERONRGALLAGHERMalone, NY
PETERGERMOLDPotsdam, NY
KURTFOEHLBECKElizabethtown, NY
DZIHAD CECUNJANINSaranac Lake, NY
MYIAJTYLERGouverneur, NY
ERICJBURLESONWarwick, NY
TYCREEDGouverneur, NY
BRETTJDAWSONLake Clear, NY
ASHLEYJPITTMANSaranac Lake, NY
JACOBWLAFOUNTAINPlattsburgh, NY
WYATTJGOUGHElizabethtown, NY
JACOBRCASEYPlattsburgh, NY
ANTHONY MURCIARocky Point, NY
HAILEY DUNSMORERotterdam, NY
JOSIAHDMCGRATHMassena, NY
HENRY FELDER IVQueens, NY
DYLANJLA BARBERAPlainview, NY
CONORPMAHONYLancaster, NY
GHANESHAM LALBEHARIQueens, NY
ADRIANCGERVASIOHuntington, NY
KENNETHHCOLVINSouth Glens Falls, NY
JACKRGIBBONSEllmore, NY
CLAUDIAPANDRADE-JOYAFarmingville, NY
AMANDA MONAHANBay Shore, NY
JUSTINTGALOVICHLake View, NY
GIANNATLORENZOBlue Point, NY
KARVEN ALCINDORJamaica, NY
NATHANGBAULANDShoreham, NY
JENNIFER ALVAREZDeer Park, NY
ROBERTBCORRIGANFreehold, NY
HELSONASANTIAGOBronx, NY
SAHIANNSANTOWest Babylon, NY
VERONICAAYNOARichmond Hall, NY

Troop C Graduates
AVERYDMIDDENDORFApalachin, NY
CONNORWRICEVestal, NY
AUSTIN HASKELLKirkwood, NY
BRIANIFASSETTRichfield Springs, NY
RAFAEL OVIEDOBinghamton, NY
MICHAEL DIAZCornoa, NY
ANTHONYRVALENTEOakdale, NY
JOSEPHMSPRINGMANCenter Moriches, NY
CARISSAALEVISONPine Bush, NY
TYLERMDICINTIOPleasant Vally, NY
JOSEPHJCAVALIERE IVBethpage, NY
JEFFERY CABRERABrentwood, NY
JACKDFULTONNew Hampton, NY
ISAIAH JOHNSONWhitestone, NY
RYANNKALICHARANSchenectady, NY
EMMAFLEONARDPearl River, NY
ZOHIRUC ISLAMBrooklyn, NY
JEREMYKROMEROWoodside, NY
THIERNOSKABANew York, NY
GABRIELLELCIDRAS-LEEValatie, NY
JAKEMMAGSAMENBloomingburg, NY
SEANMLENNONLindenhurst, NY
JAMELHGORDON-MAYFIELDBrooklyn, NY
MICHAELPD'ANDREALong Beach, NY
MATTHEWRWIERZBICKIGoshen, NY
TROYJARNO IIBinghamton, NY

Troop D Graduates
DOMINICKABATTAGLIA JRLiverpool, NY
JONATHANLHALSEYCanastota, NY
NATHANIELAFERREIRANorth Greenbush, NY
JEREMYNMACHIAWatertown, NY
RENALDOMMCFARLANECanajoharie, NY
MICHAELKLIVESAYClay, NY
CONNORJGNATEKWhitesboro, NY
NATHANIELNTESTERManlius, NY
HUNTERJBARTONClayton, NY
TREVORRJONESSauquoit, NY
TRAVONLTHOMPSONUtica, NY
MARKTMORREALEWhitesboro, NY
WALKERWPLAMONDONLiverpool, NY
VICTORIAANEUFANGFabius, NY
CONNORLMILLERRome, NY
BRENDONMSCORDODexter, NY
DAVIDRMATTHEWSON IIISyracuse, NY
KAROLINA MROZBronx, NY
HAYDENJBARTONClayton, NY
KALYNMOLNEYRome, NY
ALICIAHEVANSBlack River, NY
FRITZJBAPTISTEQueens, NY
NEIKOCSCARANOLittle Falls, NY
WESTONGGRAYPhiladelphia, NY
LIAMADOYLEVarysburg, NY
COLLINADIXLaFayette, NY
KERRIJMURRAYLindenhurst, NY
CODYSFOWLERUtica, NY

Troop E Graduates
TYLERJSCHELLNewark, NY
ATHEARIAHMADHenrietta, NY
JOSENMEDINASeneca Falls, NY
KYLESSCHREADERLockport, NY
RICHARDKLITTLEGrand Island, NY
ROBERTFWITNAUERWest Seneca, NY
SAMANTHAMIWANKOWWest Senaca, NY
LUCASRSNYDERAuburn, NY
NOLANABRINKFrewsburg, NY
RILEYEBEVILACQUARochester, NY
MIKAELAAWITHERSMoravia, NY
LEEANNFSCHERMERHORNLockport, NY
KARLYJWELTYPortville, NY
MUNESSSQADRIJamestown, NY
SOLOMONTSHABAZZAmherst, NY
TAYLORRFRICKHumble, TX
ELLIOTAMOOREOrchard Park, NY
JORDANDSTANDERHorseheads, NY

Troop F Graduates
NICHOLASJKRAFFTCornwall, NY
JACKCMERRITTSomers, NY
ZACHARYAWESOLOWSKIKingston, NY
JOSEPHAMISASIWesttown, NY
MATTHEWAGRANTWashingtonville, NY
GREGORYWSCOTTParksville, NY
MICHAELPLOGUE JRMilton, NY
JONATHANWWARASILAPatchogue, NY
DYLAN JOSLIN-PETERSaugerties, NY
DANIELGHOGANPearl River, NY
CAMERONAGOMASGreenwood Lake, NY
JOHNPMONAGHANSaugerties, NY
JASONFULLOABrentwood, NY
EDUARDOJJACOBO JRBronx, NY
JASONCJENNINGSGreenwood Lake, NY
JOHNDSTORERIthaca, NY
GULYAM GULYAMOVRamapo, NY
JOSHUAMBROWNWestbrookville, NY
RYANFMCQUADEHuntington Station, NY
DANIELSFITZPATRICKChester, NY
ALISONJLOUGHRANChester, NY
JOSEPHMTEDFORDCoxsackie, NY
ANTHONYRESTRELLANanuet, NY
SEANDMCSWEENEYHuntington, NY
JONATHANCBURLEYWarwick, NY
CARLOSJZAPATAHoward Beach, NY
MARIOAARCINIERGACoram, NY
NICHOLASACHARLEMAGNEWappingers Falls, NY
BENJAMIN WAGERSaratoga, NY
SAMUELGPELUSOCroton on Hudson, NY
CHRISTIANAHOLMESHauppauge, NY
JULSSA MARTINEZ-HERNANDEZCentral Islip, NY
JESSICAMKELLEHERMassapequa Park, NY
ROBERTJMATTONEMineola, NY
NIKOLERWILLIAMSValley Stream, NY
MITCHEL JIMENEZNew York, NY
AIDENTFELICERonkonkoma, NY
JOELJESPINAL-GARCIAHighland Falls, NY

Troop G Graduates
ZACHERYSLAWRENCEDelanson, NY
CALEBGLAPINELJefferson, NY
KYLEAJASENSKIRotterdam, NY
JAMESHOSTROWSKIGreenwich, NY
RICHARDDAHIGIANGreenwich, NY
AIDENMHICKEYSaratoga Springs, NY
DYLANWMORGANBrunswick, NY
IANBMONTGOMERYCambridge, NY
NOAHFBATTUELLOBallston Lake, NY
COLLINJSKIFFGreenwich, NY
OMAR GARCIARensselaer, NY
GARRETTTMARCHIONE-BENEDICTValatie, NY
MATTHEWPLEGUIREMariaville, NY
ZACHARIASGHORSTMayfield, NY
EVANGCANDEEColonie, NY
JASONPVIGERGansevoort, NY
CAITLINRNOLANLatham, NY
CARSONJMOESHERGreenwich, NY
ETHANEKEIDONGSchoharie, NY

Troop K Graduates
DAYNAJSCOTTValatie, NY
JOSELYNABARRERABellmore, NY
JEREMYAGERDVILEast Northport, NY
DEANJPAOLILLOMerrick, NY
ANTHONYJPANARESEBriarcliff, NY
ELIZABETHMBRAHMSchodack Landing, NY
MAKSYM BRYKAILOStaten Island, NY
AMANDALOWENSHyde Park, NY
VINCENTJNEWMAN IIIYonkers, NY
MICHAELADILEGGEBay Shore, NY
THOMASDDIAZNew Hyde Park, NY
MICHAELREUBANKSIslip, NY
THOMASLCALANDRO JRVerplanck, NY
RYANJTAYLORNorth Babylon, NY
MIRELA FAKONanuet, NY
ANTHONYTTISORye Brook, NY
MERVINLLAWRENCEBrooklyn, NY
RONANACRUZRiverhead, NY
MIGUELARODRIGUEZNew Rochelle, NY
ALAYNAHNTROUTMANValley Stream, NY
NICHOLASMABONDOLAMahopac, NY
HAMDERFFORD LIZARDO-POLANCOWashington Heights, NY
JOSEPHAESPOSITOHauppauge, NY
PETERASIEGELRiverhead, NY
HECTOROMALDONADO JRRidgewood, NY
RYAN SANCHEZNew York, NY
DANIELSSTANGAncram, NY
ROBERTEBEAUDOINBallston Lake, NY
ANTHONYJTROTTAHoltsville, NY
JOMAILY MORALESBronx, NY

Troop L Graduates
ALYSSAMPUGHMassapequa, NY
ANTHONYJTARQUINIOSmithtown, NY
KYLERCOLEMANLindenhurst, NY
TIMOTHYJSAMMONBreezy Point, NY
YOUSEF KARIMZADAPlainview, NY
CHRISTOPHER LOPEZRonkonkoma, NY
PATRICKRSOLOMITAWest Babylon, NY
KAMILFZAKHARYStaten Island, NY
JAKEJGENNUSAEast Patchogue, NY
KEVINMMAFFEIMiller Place, NY
KYLEJMOHAHANBohemia, NY
AHMADJYAQUBIFlushing, NY
MIKHAILAARMSTRONGQueens, NY
MATTHEWRCOLEMANLindenhurst, NY
HUNTERPLYONSEast Islip, NY
ADRIANNACSCHIAVONESeaford, NY

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