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New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc.

NYSCOPBA represents over 26,000 New York State employees and retirees from the Security Services Unit. Our Union was formed in May 1998 and since that time has provided superior representation to our membership under the independent and democratic model. Our Mission continued...

Spotlight on Our Members
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NYSCOPBA's Support of Make-A-Wish  
Make A Wish
Excerpt of letter from Make-A-Wish Northeast NY to NYSCOPBA President Michael Powers: ...Your recent gift of $15,000 from the proceeds of the motorcycle raffle provides the means for us to grant nearly 100 wishes annually for special kids, like Conner (above) who are battling a life-threatening medical condition. On behalf of Conner and all of our Wish Kids this year, I thank you for your generosity and your commitment to making wishes come true for seriously ill children and teens. See full letter and Conner's wish here.
Donation to Humane Society to Help SC Dogs Clinton CF Supports STOP Domestic Violence
Humane Society
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society received a donation to help cover the costs of taking in dogs rescued from the floods in South Carolina. It cost the humane society a couple thousand dollars when it took in 12 dogs from South Carolina to get them ready for adoption. The New York State Correction Officers and Police Benevolent Association, or NYSCOPBA, presented MHHS with a check for $2,000 on Friday to offset those costs. CBS 6 - News 10
 Stop Domestic Violence
Superintendent Kirkpatrick, the Executive Team, the Make-A-Difference Day Committee and Union leaders from CSEA, Council 82, NYSCOPBA (Ricky Brunelle, Northern Region Business Agent shown above) and PEF presented the Director of STOP Domestic Violence, Jessica Provost, with donations raised by staff for a total of $1,250. Stop Domestic Violence serves victims of domestic violence in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. In addition, the Make-A-Difference Day Committee is collecting items to be used in the Stop Domestic Violence safe shelters through the month of October in support of the organization.
Donation to Youtheatre 2015 Tour de Force
New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association Inc. (NYSCOPBA) has donated money to help support Ogdensburg Command Performances Youtheatre. President of NYSCOPBA, Michael Powers and OCP Administrator, Sally Palao. Full Story-Watertown Daily Times
From left to right (black shirts) Luis Cabrera, Matthew Filipponi, Jeffry Erns, Daniel Huttel. (front) Lisa and Derek Juneau from Bare Hill CF

Four members from Green Haven CF (Matthew Filipponi, Dan Huttel, Jeff Erns and Luis Cabrera), along with a retired member from Bare Hill and his wife (Derek and Lisa Juneau), rode their bicycles 300 miles from JFK to the Boston Harbor for the 2015 Tour de Force while proudly wearing the NYSCOPBA logo. The Tour de Force's dual mission is to honor the victims of 9/11 by keeping their memory alive through cycling events and to raise funds to benefit the families of police officers who were killed in the line of duty. Our members raised well over $6,000 for this event.
Donation to Ogtoberfest Valor Award Recipient - Paul Alexander
The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce announced a donation from the NYS Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association to the 4th Annual Ogtoberfest. From left to right: Jimmy Bell, Union Steward, NYSCOPBA, and Michael Brashaw, President of the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce. The Journal
 Valor Award
Paul Alexander, an off-duty state Corrections Officer at Sing Sing CF, scared off a group of armed assailants who attacked and stabbed an 18 year old man as he worked in front of a Brooklyn tire shop. The teen was changing a tire in front of Monday Tire Shop on East New York Ave. at Schenectady Ave. in Crown Heights when at least three men jumped him and stabbed him in the back around 6:30 p.m. The brutal assault was stymied by Corrections Officer Alexander who happened to see the attack and shot his gun in the air, the police sources said. Story
CERT team returns with gifts for area schools Bike Raffle Raises $60,000 for Make-A-Wish
Malone Telegram
Members of Correctional Emergency Response Team 8 pose for a quick photo with local officials, including Malone Central School District Superintendent Jerry Griffin, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill after donating school supplies to the District on Tuesday. The CERT Officers, based at the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome, New York, said they felt a need to give back to the communities that had welcomed them during the search for the two escaped convicts from Dannemora in June. Thousands of law enforcement officers, including CERT teams, were stationed in Clinton and Franklin Counties for days or weeks as part of the search. Malone Telegram - Press Republican
 Make a Wish
Sixty thousand dollars is headed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation thanks to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. The union raised the money by raffling off an Orange County Chopper custom motorcycle. Volunteers for Make-A-Wish say donations like this make their work possible."Make a Wish is so blessed to have an amazing community that stands behind our magical dream to keep granting these incredible wishes for these very deserving wish children so that we can keep doing this over and over as long as it's needed," said Carey Fiorello, a volunteer with Make-a-Wish of Western New York. A union member from Fishkill won the bike.TWC News - OCC Bike Page - Daily News
Orleans 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises $6,500 For Crossroads House Free school supplies and backpacks available for Albany children

Orleans Golf
RELEASE- Batavia, NY - Officers from the Orleans Correctional Facility held their 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament July 20th at the Chestnut Hill Country Club.

This year, the Charity Tournament benefited the Crossroads House in Batavia. The Crossroads House is a comfort care house for the dying. The 24-hour care-giving home serves the communities of Genesee and Wyoming Counties at no cost to the patient or family.

The Golf Tournament, which had 142 golfers and numerous volunteers, raised $6500 for the Crossroads House. Fellow Officers and civilian staff from Orleans organized the tournament and were supported by local businesses in the area that donated raffle items and sponsored tee signs. Numerous members from Attica, Gowanda and Wende Correctional Facilities supported and attended the Tournament as well. Full Text - Orleans Hub

 There will be a backpack giveaway for over 500 pre-registered children at the Capital City Rescue Mission's backyard. Stewart's Shops and NYSCOPBA are providing the backpacks and school supplies for the children. The event is rain or shine Thursday evening and hot dogs and chips will be provided for children. News 10

Free School Supplies
Orleans sector donates $500 Off-duty corrections officer scares off thugs who stabbed worker in Brooklyn tire shop

Orleans sector donates $500

NYSCOPBA Orleans Sector donated $500 to the Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund. The charity provides financial support for cancer patients and their families living in Orleans County. The financial assistance assists families with nutritional supplements and prescriptions, as well as medical supplies. Pictured in the photo from left to right are: Kenny Gold, Matt Lamar, Mary Zelazny and Craig Stalker


Off-duty corrections officer scares off thugs who stabbed worker in Brooklyn tire shop

The 18-year-old worker was attacked as he changed a tire in front of Monday Tire Shop on East New York Ave. at Schenectady Ave. in Crown Heights on Monday evening, according to cops. Story

Sgt. Ken Rain Memorial Ride NYS Honor Guard in Jacksonville,Fl- CPOF 20
 Memorial Ride  NYS Honor Guard
Ride for Liam Lap 4 Life
 Ride for Liam  Lap 4 Life
NYSCOPBA Donates Bicycle Helmets 2015 Valor Award
NYSCOPBA donated 20 bicycle helmets in conjunction with the Evans Mills Speedway in Evans Mills, NY. The Kids Club program at the speedway, which supports community children, gives away a bicycle to a local child
on race night. On May 16th retired correction officer Randy Brunelle presented a local child with his new bike and NYSCOPBA bicycle helmet. Great example on how NYSCOPBA continues to support local communities.
 Valor Award
Dan Craver was working his post in the State Capital when a person came in and said someone had fallen outside. Dan went out to check on the person, who was face down on the concrete and bleeding with no pulse. Dan then radioed for an AED and started CPR until the Albany Fire Department arrived and the patient was transported to AMC. NYSCOPBA recognizes Dan Craver for this selfless and brave act.
Central NY Ride for Missing & Exploited Children Police Unity Tour
Central NY Ride
This marks NYSCOPBA's 10th year as a sponsor for the Central New York Ride for Missing & Exploited Children. NYSCOPBA Central Region along with Marcy, MidState and Mohawk CF donated $3000, as well as having riders, CO Mark Stappenbeck, CO Don Slawson, CO Paul Shulz and CO Brian Campbell take part in this years' 100 mile event to help raise child safety and abduction prevention education. 5/20/15
 Hudson Valley Knights
The 2015 Police Unity Tour left Bloomfield, NJ on May 9th for a 320 mile bicycle ride and arrived at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC on May 12th. This year Officer Jeffrey Erns from Geen Haven Correctional Facility participated in this event raising $2000.00. Great job Jeff!
Armed Forces Day Hudson Valley Knights
Attica Honor Guard
The Attica Prison Honor Guard and Color Guard presented the colors and fired a ceremonial three gun volley salute on May 16th at the public unveiling of the Veterans Monument in the Town of Albion on Armed Forces Day.
 Hudson Valley Knights
NYSCOPBA was proud to sponsor the 11th grade Hudson Valley Knight's girls basketball team. The team is currently 15-1, winning two competitive tournaments in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Darren Clay, a correction officer at Green Haven and his wife run the highly successful basketball organization which has served as a springboard for many players onto the college level. Great job Darren!
Clinton CF 2015 Youth of the Year
Troop 49
Clinton's Sector Steward John Roberts presents a $500 check to Troop 49 of Peru.
 Youth of the Year
Finalists with the judges at the Albany Hilton.
Elmira Correctional Facility Employee Memorial NY makes a plan to keep our prisons safe
 Elmira Memorial Gov Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, meets with CO's at Greene Correctional Facility.
15th Annual America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk The Sing Sing Color Guard

Central Region Supports Americas Greatest Heart Run and Walk

The Central Region (Mid-State, Marcy and Mohawk CF's)has supported America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk for the past 15 years. On March 7, 2015 over 30 NYSCOPBA Volunteers assisted in various details to make this event a success. The event raised a total of $1,083,187.


sing sing color guard

The Sing Sing Color Guard posted colors in the New York State Senate chambers on May 5, 2015 as a guest of Senator Carlucci during National Correctional Officers Week. From left to right: Shawn Magby, Edward M. Noriega, Michael Greco, Jason Ziolkowski - Legislative Chairman, David Carlucci - NYS Senator, Ruben Gardiner, Gina Shibah, Anthony Casellas, Michael Jaco


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