Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Sheriff SmithDonald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff

Donald B. Smith is the 53rd Sheriff of Putnam County. He was elected to this position on November 6, 2001 and assumed the duties of Putnam County Sheriff on January 1, 2002. Immediately prior to becoming the Sheriff of Putnam County, he had served as the Deputy County Executive of Putnam County.

Sheriff Smith was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and grew up in Patterson, New York. Following his graduation from New York Military Academy at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, New York in 1965, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in June of 1969, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor. continue reading Sherif Smith’s bio…

Sheriff Smith Backs Legal Challenge to State Gun Control Law


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that he has joined his fellow Sheriffs in the New York State Sheriffs’ Association in an amicus curiae brief filed in support of a lawsuit challenging the New York State Secure Firearms and Ammunition Enforcement Act (“the NY SAFE Act”). The Sheriffs’ Association has joined with several other law enforcement groups in the “friend of the court” brief, filed in support of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Cuomo, which is currently in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. The brief bolsters the litigants’ arguments that the Act is unlawful on Second Amendment and other legal grounds, while offering the unique perspective of law enforcement on this issue.

Sheriff Smith was the President of the Sheriffs’ Association in January when the Association spoke out against the law and wrote to Governor Cuomo requesting that the Act be revised, citing several provisions in the Act that the lawmen believe will make New Yorkers less safe. Sheriff Smith, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Sheriffs’ Association, has said that “the so-called ‘SAFE Act’ should actually be called the ‘Not So Safe Act’ because there are many provisions in the Act that put our citizens at risk.”

Sheriff Warns of Two New Scams Surfacing in Putnam County

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his department has received information concerning two new scams being perpetrated in Putnam County.

Putnam is Safest County in State for Third Straight Year

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the latest crime statistics released today on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) website, reflect that Putnam County remains the safest county in New York State.

According to the annual DCJS report entitled “County Index Crime Counts and Rates Per 100,000 Population” for 2012, Putnam County had the lowest total index crime rate among all counties in New York State for the third year in a row.

Vessel Inspections

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit will be conducting voluntary vessel inspections to support safe boating practices.

Cold Spring Boat Club
June 1st starting @ 10AM.

Oscawana Marina
June 2nd starting @ 10AM.

Marine Unit Deputies will be checking for required safety equipment and issuing safety stickers for your boat.

Educational material will be available.

Sheriff Announces Boat Safety Class

–The May 5th class has been rescheduled to May 18th. If you are already registered to attend you do not need to re-register–

Sheriff Responds to Statement of District Attorney Adam Levy

[Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith issues the following statement in response to a written statement issued earlier today by Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy and his Office.]

At about two o’clock this afternoon, my office received via email a statement issued by Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy concerning the case of The People of the State of New York versus Alexandru lonut Hossu, a case involving the violent rape of a 12-year-old girl. Mr. Levy’s statement was apparently emailed to the media and to all Putnam County employees, and to untold others.

The arrest of Mr. Hossu was based upon the investigative findings of a multi-agency team comprised of members of the Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. The Putnam County District Attorney’s Office was involved in the case initially, but it became conflicted out of the case and the Westchester D. A.’s Office stepped in to assist. Mr. Levy asserts that it was he who first decided that his office should be recused from the investigation when he learned that Mr. Hossu was the suspect, that he ordered the recusal simply because his family had known Mr. Hossu for years, and that the recusal was done with the victim’s best interests in mind.

Sheriff Urges Federal and State Leaders Not to Cut Funding for High School Program

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that he is urging leaders in federal and state government to restore funding reductions slated for the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Program at Brewster High School.

Sheriff Smith on the Sean Hannity Show

Sheriff’s Patrols To Be On Lookout For Intoxicated Drivers On St. Patrick’s Day

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home from holiday festivities and not to get behind the wheel after drinking. The Sheriff reports that sheriff’s deputies on patrol will be on high alert on the holiday, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the statewide public safety campaign dubbed “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The usual number of sheriff’s patrols will be increased on the holiday, with attention focused on spotting and arresting intoxicated drivers.

New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute Conducting Honorary Membership Drive

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Putnam County next week.

Although the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, which might otherwise be unavailable or impractical to provide on an individual county basis.


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