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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...

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NYSCOPBA This Year's Honoree at Winterfest  
Dozens of activities are scheduled for Clinton County's largest winter festival, which is scheduled to run from Feb. 5-7 at the American Legion Post 1619 in Morrisonville. Organizers have selected the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOBA) as this year's honorees. Full Story
Troopers Assisting Troops Correction Officers from Greene and Coxsackie Donates Toys
Troopers for Troops
With the help of members of Cape Vincent, NYSCOPBA was able to sponsor the North County Troopers Assisting Troops. The turnout was amazing. There was twenty boats to take twenty veterans on an all-day fishing trip.
 Toy Drive
Correction Officers from Greene and Coxsackie Correctional Facilities delivered over $3,000 worth of toys, electronics and holiday goodies on Friday, December 18 to children hospitalized at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center.
- Greene County News
Western Region Donates to Golisano Children's Hospital Valor Award Recipient Officer D. Kasprzyk
Golisano Childrens Hospital
Union members from NYSCOPBA's Western Region donated $2500 yesterday to the Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Western Region Vice President Joe Miano (left) and Business Agent Al Mothershed (right) made the donation at the Children's Hospital to Stephanie Sheets (center), who is the Assistant Director of Community Affairs at the Medical Center. Release
 Valor Award
On 9/9/15 at 11:30 am, a tragic motor vehicle accident took place on French Road in the Village of Depew. Office D. Kasprzyk, while recovering from surgery, was the first to respond to the scene that happened approximately 100 yards from his home. He observed the two motor vehicles that were involved in a head on collision, and the driver of one of the vehicles lying face down in a driveway covered in blood. The vehicle started on fire and Officer Kasprzyk feared it was now in danger of exploding. Without regard to his own personal safety and despite his current physical disability, he rushed to the aid of the victim and pulled her away from the potential danger. His quick actions and selfless act placed himself in harms way, possibly saving the life of the victim. There is no question his numerous years of experience and training he received in the Department as a NYSCOPBA member helped him to react in a selfless and heroic manner. His exemplary actions under such dangerous and dire circumstrances should be commended. Officer Kasprzyk's heroic actions serve as a fine example of the many members of NYSCOPBA who have become an integral part of their communities and continue to serve valiantly while keeping our facilities and neighborhoods safe.
Sullivan CF Donates to Ride 2 Survive Clinton CF Donates to Annual Toy Drive
On December 7, 2015, the Sullivan Correctional Facility Sector of NYSCOPBA donated $350 to Ride 2 Survive - Sullivan County. This organization is community based and their mission is to assist with transportation expenses of Sullivan County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer. Pictured are Sullivan CF Sector Steward John Spath and Ride to Survive Co-founder Kara Passante.
 Toy Drive
Corrections Officer Ed Ducharme, with his wife Tracey, and mother Rose, helped out The West Chazy Vol. Fire Department Annual Toy Drive which benefits the Clinton County Christmas Bureau. Throughout the year Ed put on a couple fundraisers at Clinton Correctional and with the help of the staff they were able to collect $1,000 in donations.
Orleans CF Gives to Medina Students for Holidays
Santa arrived early to the Medina Central School District to make the holidays a wonderful time for many families in the district. For the past three years, employees from the Orleans Correctional Facility have looked to adopt a family from the area for the holidays. When Corrections Officer Matt Lamar reached out to some counselors at the school district he was saddened to hear there were so many needy families, it was hard for them to just pick one to single out for their generosity. "The Western New York NYSCOPBA (New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc.) adopts five families each year," Lamar said. See rest of story: Orleans Hub
 Pictured include from left: Clifford Wise Middle School Vice Principal Chris Hughes, Corrections Officer Kenny Gold, Dean of Students Eileen Regan, Social Worker Elaine Ryan, Counselor Kelly Linnan, Guidance Counselor Lindsay Fassel, Corrections Officer Matt Lamar, NYSCOPBA Business Agent Dave Tessmer, NYSCOPBA Regional Vice President Joe Miano and NYSCOPBA Business Agent Al Mothershed.
Upstate CF Supports Soccer Team Saranac Elementary Thanks NYSCOPBA
Franklin Academy's Soccer Team, coached by Ernesto Perez, Upstate CF, wearing their warm-up hoodies that NYSCOPBA's donation helped purchase.
 Saranac Elementary
NYSCOPBA hands out 750 bags and school supplies at Saranac Elementary, for a total of 2,500 across the North Country to elementary children.
NYSCOPBA's Support of Make-A-Wish NYSCOPBA Supports Dannemora Events
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.
  Upcoming Events
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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