New York State Parks and Sheriff's Office to Launch New Patrol Boat

Commissioner Rose Harvey of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are pleased to announce the launch of a new Sheriff’s Office patrol boat. State Parks and the Sheriff’s Office have entered into an intergovernmental agreement whereby the State is providing the boat to the County for use in marine law enforcement and boating safety operations.

The craft, a 2013 24-feet-long Boston Whaler Enforcer, will be used by sheriff’s deputies to patrol the Hudson River off Putnam County. The new patrol boat is outfitted with dual 200-horsepower Mercury motors, radar and towing equipment and comes completely equipped with emergency lights and siren.

This is not the first time that State Parks has provided a patrol boat for use by the Sheriff’s Office. In fact, the new boat will replace a 2001 Seaswirl that was furnished by the State and is being retired after 12 years of marine enforcement use by the Sheriff’s Office. The new boat will join a Sheriff’s fleet that includes two other boats–a 2008 25½-foot Proline furnished five years ago by State Parks and a 1998 18-foot Angler that is owned by the County.

The new boat will be officially launched tomorrow (Thursday, August 29th) at a ceremony to be held at 1:30 PM at the Cold Spring Boat Club marina, located on the Hudson River waterfront in the Village of Cold Spring. Commissioner Harvey and Sheriff Smith will attend the ceremony, as will marine patrol units from Westchester, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties. Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the ceremony.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually. A recent study commissioned by Parks & Trails New York found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.