Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, and seven of his fellow Sheriffs joined Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Capitol Building in Albany today as the Governor signed the All Crimes DNA Bill into law. The new law constitutes the largest expansion of the DNA database since it was created in 1994 and makes New York the first state in the nation to require persons convicted of essentially all crimes to submit a DNA sample.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that his department will be enforcing the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1144A (Operation of Vehicles on Approach of Authorized Emergency Vehicles).
On March 9, 2012, Deputy Sheriffs conducted an enforcement detail that focused on this law on Route 9 in Garrison. During a time span of one hour, Deputy Sheriffs issued twenty traffic tickets. Similar details will be conducted throughout the county in the near future.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Deputy Sheriff A. J. Pizzuto Jr., the School Resource Officer at Brewster High School, is credited for assisting in saving the life of a high school student.
Christopher Shanahan, Director of the ICE New York Field Office, presents a plaque to Sheriff Smith
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith was honored recently by officials of the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). The Sheriff was feted for his leadership in the work of the Sheriff’s Office in identifying, reporting and detaining foreign born persons arrested for committing state crimes in Putnam County.
Mr. Christopher Shanahan, Director of the ICE New York Field Office, issued a plaque to Sheriff Smith to commemorate the occasion. The inscription emblazoned on it cited the Sheriff’s “dedication and outstanding contributions to the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Criminal Alien and Secure Communities Programs. ” ICE Assistant Field Office Director James Mooney, accompanied by other ICE officials, conferred the plaque upon the Sheriff during a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office, which was attended by members of the Sheriff’s command staff.
In making his presentation to the Sheriff, Mr. Mooney praised his efforts in helping establish what he called a “model” of cooperation and mutual support between federal and local law enforcers in dealing with criminal aliens. During Sheriff Smith’s tenure in office, the Sheriff’s Office has notified ICE agents about hundreds of criminal aliens who have been charged with committing state felonies and misdemeanors in Putnam County while in this country illegally. During the ceremony, Sheriff Smith cited the “outstanding joint teamwork” that his Office and ICE enjoyed in “working hard together to keep the people of Putnam County safe. “