News and Updates

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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Forest Rangers Honored by the Governor Following Downed-Aircraft Rescue

Thursday, February 28, 2013

On February 21, 2013, nine members of the Police Benevolent Association of New York working for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers saved the lives of three New Jersey men whose small, single-engine plane crashed in the Adirondack Mountains. This heroic effort was honored by Governor Andrew Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Joe Martens at an event held at the Capitol on February 27, 2013.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

“The actions last night of Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, State Police, and local emergency personnel demonstrated the unwavering dedication and tireless commitment of our state’s first responders to protecting New Yorkers and those who visit our state. Responding to a small plane crash near Lake Placid, a team of DEC Forest Rangers walked miles in the bitter cold and dark through rough terrain to find and safely rescue three individuals who were in the aircraft.

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Congratulations Environmental Conservation Officer Rick Wood

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Congratulations ECO Wood on being selected as the New York State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 2012 ECO of the Year!

Officer Wood joins a select list of past recipients who exemplify the dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism of the ranks of ECO’s across New York State and we are proud of him to have received this recognition.

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EnCon Forest Rangers conduct night time search and rescue training on Southern Lake Champlain

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers recently conducted night time search and rescue training with air boats on Southern Lake Champlain. With temperatures hovering in the single digits, rescue personnel employed a mock airplane crash as a potential search and rescue scenario. 

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