I love Putnam County. I grew up in the Town of Carmel and I’ve lived in Philipstown for more than 20 years. I have served for more than 25 years with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department—starting in the Corrections Division. I then spent 16 years in the Patrol Division, ten of of those years were as a K9 Handler (K9s Warden and Rebel). This was followed by five years as a Criminal Investigator in Forensics and Identification. I have been elected President of the Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association. I have served and led the Mahopac, Garrison and Continental Village Fire Departments. Most of my life has been dedicated to public service.
Your safety comes first. It will always be my top priority.
In 2018, I took office, appointing a new administration to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. Working together we have forged relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement. Engaging with the community, we have successfully begun community policing. These new relationships have shown that community policing works and works well.
The proof is in the numbers.
In 2017, overall crime incidents reported to the Department of Criminal Justice Services was 628. In 2018 those numbers dropped to 502, that’s a reduction of over 20%.
We did not stop there.
In 2019, the numbers continued to drop reaching 376- a decrease of over 25%.
And we did not stop there.
For the first three quarters of 2020, numbers declined to 272. This is another decrease of over 25%.
In total, over the past three years, the Putnam County Sheriff’s department and the residents of Putnam County have reduced crime significantly in fact by 56.69%. We have kept our community safer through community policing and cooperation with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
We now have excellent models for community policing including the Sheriff’s School Resource Officer (SRO) and Special Patrol Officer (SPO) programs. We will continue to scale up this hands-on, relationship-based model as we continue to build connections among communities, local police officers, and Department Deputies. I have high expectations for public engagement, and I know that the women and men of the Sheriff’s Department will meet them and deliver for us all!
Deputies are encouraged to maintain connections with the communities they police. This connection to the community has been paramount for my administration. My policy of increased public engagement entails getting Deputies out of their cars and into our communities. It is not tactically advantageous to have distance between Deputies and Putnam County residents. Both need to trust each other and work together, standing united to fight crime and the opioid crisis. Community policing works and works well!
Policing is too important to be political. There is no for place for politics in the Sheriff’s Department. Playing politics detracts from the vital work of law enforcement and compromises public safety. I keep politics out of the Sheriff’s office.
The Drug Crisis:
Since taking office, the drug crisis has continued to be a priority for my administration. Compassionately tackling the opioid epidemic is a promise that I made and I have kept from my 2017 campaign. Our communities are experiencing the heartbreak and economic destruction of drug abuse. When it comes to public safety, it is the Sheriff’s job to speak out and to take action. In Putnam, we have seen a reduction in the number of fatal overdoses, 50% between 2017 to 2019, but we are still losing lives. As Sheriff, I see the devastation this causes families, loved ones and neighbors. I know it and, having known young people lost to this disease, I feel the devastation myself.
I have addressed addiction in our County Jail and I have built relationships with Narcotics Anonymous, Cove Care, the Department of Social Services and Arms Acres to get addicts the help that they need. I will continue to fight this epidemic with your help and their support. We will address the root cause of addiction and break the cycle. Working with our Deputies, we are building trust in our communities. Folks need to know their Deputies and trust them. The Department has eyes available on the ground to recognize individuals and families in trouble and intervene early.
Local Outreach and Community Relationships:
Relationships with local police agencies are stronger than they have ever been. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) shares resources when needed and works closely with local Departments. When the PCSO holds community events, we invite these local agencies to participate under our banner. I, along with my Undersheriff, Captains, Deputies, Corrections Officers and other ranking PCSO members, have carefully rebuilt these relationships ensuring that we all work together, as one, to keep our communities safe and use budget dollars wisely.
Our work with other agencies in Putnam County strengthens our resources. Through inter-agency cooperation, connections are made. Outreach events such as Coffee with a Cop, Town Halls and Real Talks have been productive. We often include municipalities in these events to strengthen town and village ties to our Department.
Social media has been instrumental in providing easily accessible real time information. Our verified Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts expand daily. We strive to be transparent, timely and to engage with our followers.
Election Day: Tuesday November 2, 2021
Law enforcement is too important to be political. There is simply no for place for politics in the Sheriff’s Department. Playing politics detracts from the vital work of law enforcement and compromises public safety. I have kept and will keep politics out of the Sheriff’s office.
Please vote for me on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.