News and Updates

PBA of New York State Requests Reinforcements for Upcoming Jones Beach Concert

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Union Calls Current Parks Department Staffing Level Inadequate to Safely Manage Crowd  

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBA of NYS), the law enforcement union representing New York State’s Park Police, today called on state officials to supplement the inadequate police presence at Jones Beach State Park during the sold-out concert scheduled for Friday, July 12. 

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Forest Rangers and EnCon Police Officers respond to flooding in Herkimer County

Friday, July 05, 2013

Beginning on Friday June 28th, much of the Mohawk valley has been deluged by a series of powerful rainstorms that have caused localized flooding to the same levels seen during Hurricane’s Irene, Sandy, and Tropical Storm Lee. 

Rangers Hoag and Hubschmitt searching flooding debris on the Mohawk River

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DEC Law Enforcement Prevents Uncertified Clams from Reaching Consumers

Friday, June 14, 2013

Commercial Vessel Found Illegally Shellfishing Near Sewage Treatment Plant Outflow Pipe


Bay Head Inc. of Bellport, owner of a 70-foot long ocean surf clam harvesting boat, agreed to a $100,000 penalty after an investigation by New York State Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) prevented 28 cages of potentially tainted shellfish from reaching consumers in February, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. The vessel was observed harvesting clams in uncertified waters near the outflow pipe of a sewage treatment plant.

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3 swimmers rescued at Robert Moses State Park

Monday, June 03, 2013

Three young swimmers in distress were rescued off Robert Moses State Park Friday afternoon by two state parks police officers and two good samaritans who jumped into the water, authorities said.

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Encon Officers Engage in Federal Investigation

Friday, May 31, 2013

Officers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, along with local and federal officials, converged on a warehouse in Rensselaer on Wednesday, May 29.

The effort was part of an on-going investigation pertaining to the "asbestos related project" according to the Albany Times Union.

You can read more about this effort and view pictures here

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PBA of NYS Calls On Gov. Cuomo to Reject Ill-Advised Security Plan for State Beaches and Parks

Friday, May 24, 2013

Qualified, Trained Officers Essential to Ensure Safe, Summer Season

The PBA of New York State, the organization representing the park police officers responsible for protecting the public, keeping order and effectuating rescues at popular Long Island beaches and urban parks, today called on the Cuomo Administration to scrap a plan to supplement its depleted police force by hiring inexperienced, unprepared college students to perform law enforcement duties such as managing and patrolling massive crowds.

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Our Deepest Condolences

Friday, April 19, 2013

The PBA gives our condolences to the family of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer, Sean Collier of Somerville, who was shot and killed Thursday night, reportedly by the suspects believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings.  We hope the police and other law enforcement personnel who are presently searching for the 2nd suspect, who is still at large, find him without any further loss of law enforcement or civilian life. 

This terrible ordeal underscores for us that we are living in different and more dangerous times, and it is quite clear that policing is becoming more complicated and dangerous each and every day.  

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University at Buffalo must consider public safety in its planning

Thursday, April 11, 2013

By Daniel De Federicis

The development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is certainly one of the best things to happen to Buffalo and Western New York this century. In a city that has been suffering from decline for many decades, this sprawling consortium of health care entities, research facilities and medical education institutions will deliver world-class health care and cutting-edge education and research, and will be an economic driver for the entire region.

That is the good news.

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Environmental Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers Honored

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On March 25th, a ceremony and reception was held at the NYSDEC Sub Office in Herkimer NY to honor those Environmental Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers who assisted with the tragic armed standoff and deaths that occurred on March 13, 2013.  

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Police Union Files Charges Against University at Buffalo

Thursday, March 21, 2013

UB Police Union demands adequate police coverage at Downtown Medical Campus

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