News and Updates

PBA of NYS Will Testify at Joint Committee on Environmental Conservation

Monday, February 13, 2017

Members will recommend merging Park Police with the State Police, hosting additional police academies, purchasing new vehicles and upgrading equipment. The Police Benevolent Association of New York State Law Enforcement (PBA of NYS) today will testify before the Joint Committee on Environmental Conservation. Three PBA of NYS members will represent three of four PBA of NYS units at the hearing.

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The PBA of NYS Will Testify at Joint Committee Today

Monday, February 13, 2017

PBA Environmental Conservation Officer Superior Officers Director John Burke, Vice President and Park Police Sergeants Director Manny Vilar, and Secretary and Forest Rangers Superior Officers Director Drew Cavanagh will all be testifying this evening (Monday, February 13, 2017) before a joint committee of the NYS Senate and Assembly regarding the New York State Executive Budget as it applies to environmental issues including the DEC and Parks budgets for 2017-2018.

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Is SUNY Breaking The Law With Waivers For Campus Police Leaders

Friday, February 10, 2017

New York state universities and colleges may routinely violate so-called "double-dipping" laws by granting waivers allowing police chiefs and other campus safety officials to collect retirement pensions on top of their government salaries.

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Stop In The Name of the Law

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Albany Times Union newspaper editorial board issued a strongly-worded editorial today assailing the State University of New York’s “fast and loose” handling of 211 pension waivers alleging that the University system’s application of the law is “routinely bent, if not broken, for their benefit.”

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PBA of New York State Commends Members Who Assisted Kaaterskill Falls Accident Victims

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The PBA of NYS is praising the work of 11 Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers for their work in rescuing two injury victims this weekend – a female, 26, who slid and fell a total of 80 feet and a male, 25, who fell while ice climbing.

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We Need More DEC Forest Rangers In The Field

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Article From the Times Union Newspaper

by: Fred Lebrun, Published 8:15 pm, Saturday, December 24, 2016

There can no more joyful Christmas than in the Niskayuna homes of the two young hikers rescued in good condition after two frigid days and nights from the windblown snowy brow of Algonquin Peak in the Adirondacks.

The pair, Madison "Maddie" Popolizio, 19, and Blake Alois, 20, were astoundingly lucky. The situation they put themselves in had tragedy written all over it.

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TWC News Interview With PBA Secretary and Forest Rangers Superior Officers Director Drew Cavanagh

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Time Warner Cable has posted the web link for the December 16, 2016 interview of PBA Secretary and Forest Rangers Superior Officers Director Drew Cavanagh regarding the dramatic rescue Forest Rangers, State Police members and volunteers made in the Adirondack Mountains last week.

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Helicopter Rescue of the Lost Hikers on Algonquin Near The Summit

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dramatic video of the hoist. If you are not familiar with helicopter rescues, this is extreme. Forest Ranger Ian Kerr operating the rescue hoist and bringing the hikers into the ship.

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Statement from the PBA of NYS on the Columbia County Incident

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

For Immediate Release: 

November 30, 2016


Late on Tuesday afternoon, James Davey a member of the PBA of New York State, and an on-duty Environmental Conservation officer in Columbia County, suffered a gunshot wound stemming from an investigation of shots fired in the area. 

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Important Message From The PBA To Please Be Careful

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

We wish our PBA messages this week were limited to wishing you a happy Thanksgiving, but the attacks on police officers are so brazen and becoming all too common that we must implore you to look out for your safety.

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