News and Updates

Forest Ranger David Nally Honored as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Thursday, February 25, 2016

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Ranger David Nally was named "2015 Environmental Enforcement Officer of the Year" by the Pine Barrens Law Enforcement Council (PBLEC). Each year the membership of the PBLEC gets to select individuals who they feel deserve to be recognized for their work within the Central Pine Barrens. PBLEC consists of more than 26 law enforcement organizations in Suffolk County.

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PBA of NYS Offers Testimony at Environmental Conservation Hearing in Albany

Monday, February 01, 2016

PBA members were in Albany Jan. 28 to offer testimony to the Joint Legislative Committee on Environmental Conservation. Board members John Burke, EnCon Police superior officers director, and Art Perryman, Forest Rangers director, represented the PBA. 

(Left to Right) John Burke and Art Perryman

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Gov. Cuomo Must Improve State Park Safety by Addressing Park Police Shortage

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Editor’s Note: Gov. Cuomo on Dec. 19 promoted the state’s fifth annual First Day Hikes program, which encourages park-goers to visit state parks on Jan. 1.The PBA of NYS Law Enforcement (PBA of NYS) once again urges the governor to increase state park police staffing to help protect patrons and reduce the out-of-control rate of attrition. Statement on behalf of the PBA of NYS is attributable to Manny Vilar, PBA of NYS vice president, park police sergeants director and a 31-year park police veteran.

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PBA of NYS Law Enforcement Praises Gov. Cuomo for Signing SUNY Police Pension Bill

Monday, December 21, 2015

Editor’s Note:On December 18 Gov. Cuomo signed S.3221(Robach)/A.4519(Abbate) – a bill that will allow university police officers to join officers in 563 other municipal police departments and participate in the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

The PBA just received great news this evening that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the SUNY Police pension equity bill.  This was a years even decades-long battle for PBA members both in this union and their previous one.  Most of all it is well deserved and so needed to enhance the safety of the 29 SUNY campuses protected by these dedicated police officers.  We will have more to say on this in the coming days but we wanted to inform the world right now how pleased we are with Governor Cuomo's leadership.

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State University Police Arrest an Intoxicated Student Bus Driver at Buffalo State College

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel with the engine running has pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated while operating a school bus.

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Politico: Head of PBA Urges Cuomo to Sign University Police Bill

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The head of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill into law that would allow State University police to transfer to the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System.

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PBA of NYS Law Enforcement Has Support of SUNY College Presidents

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Upstate Medical University and SUNY ESF presidents Gregory L. Eastwood and Quentin D. Wheeler support bill to stabilize University Police, enhance campus safety. The following news release was customized with the names of the college presidents who support the SUNY pension bill currently in the governor’s office. The release was to the media markets surrounding the college footprint.

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Capital Tonight News Interview on the SUNY Police Pension Bill

Thursday, December 10, 2015

PBA President Peter Barry and Executive Director Daniel De Federicis talk with Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight about the SUNY Pension Bill.

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PBA of NYS Law Enforcement Urges Gov. Cuomo to sign SUNY Police Equity Bill

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State Law Enforcement (PBA of NYS), along with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Board of Trustee Chairman Carl McCall, and the SUNY Police Chiefs Association, is urging the governor to sign a bill that would allow university police officers the option of joining the New York State Police & Fire Retirement System, putting them on a more even playing field with all other police departments in the state.

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