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Environmental Conservation Police Expand New York City Enforcement Initiative

Thursday, October 05, 2017

For Immediate Release: 

October 5, 2017

A recently announced detail will soon bring an additional police presence to the New York City transit system according to the PBA of New York State, the organization representing hundreds of Department of Environmental Conservation police. Beginning on October 9, and for a period of at least 30 days, officers will be working extended shifts of up to 12 hours each according to the PBA.

“While our officers have worked in urban environments for years, protecting New York state’s air and water, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Commissioner Basil Seggos are breaking new ground by thinking creatively about our the state’s ability to improve safety and reliability in the transit system.” said Jason DeAngelis, Chief Communications Officer of the PBA of New York State.

During a recent tour of the transit system, state officials discovered that waste and trash carelessly discarded in the subway system are resulting in track fires that cause disruption and delay on major subway lines and endanger commuters. Governor Cuomo has directed the detail.

During 2016, officers secured 3,550 tickets in DEC Region 2 which includes Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties. Officers were involved in curtailing incidents ranging from the illegal trade of ivory, to corporate polluters violating clean air emissions that contribute to childhood standards, to the discharging of waste in the Hudson River and Long Island Sound.

Last month, ECOs on boat patrol conducted a massive seizure of illegal fish on the fishing charter vessel Viking Starship stemming from various violations involving possession of over limit porgy and black seas bass. A total of 1,800 fish were seized and donated to the Bowery Mission in Manhattan and the Riverhead Senior Center.

“Hunters, hikers and fisherman value the work of the Environmental Conservation officer because their patrols improve safety on New York’s waterways and wooded terrain – this detail will add to that list and improve the commuter experience for more than five million riders that rely on the New York City subway system every day,” said DeAngelis, who presently serves as an Environmental Conservation Officer. Previously he was a New York City Police Department Transit Officer.

The PBA of New York State represents approximately 1,200 police officers working on college campuses, at state parks and historic sites, and throughout remote and rugged regions. PBA members are highly trained and tactically prepared to address extraordinary circumstances and vulnerabilities of citizens in severe and dangerous situations. Collectively, PBA’s officers are the second largest of the state’s police and emergency personnel resources.