Sunday, November 28, 2021

Adirondack officers join NYS PBA board

NYS PBA logoPromoting Diversity, Retaining Experienced Officers and Preserving the New York State Park Police Top Agenda for the Union Representing 1,200 State Law Enforcement Officers

The PBA of New York State today announced the members of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the next three years. The union represents nearly 1,200 state law enforcement officers from four member units including the New York State Park Police, New York State University Police, Department of Environmental Conservation Officers and New York State Forest Rangers.

For the past several years the union has fought to secure fair compensation for its members including the standard 20-year retirement which 97 percent of police in New York state already receive. In doing so, the union aims to retain and attract diverse officers to better represent the communities they serve. Since late 2019 the union has also focused on preserving New York state’s oldest state law enforcement agency, the New York State Park Police, which former Governor Cuomo sought to eliminate by first transferring operational control to the Division of State Police with eventual full integration and disbandment.

The Executive Board for the Board of Directors will consist of:

  • Manuel Vilar from Metro Long Island – President and Park Police Sergeants Director
  • Aaron Gordon from the Department of Environmental Conservation Academy – Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer and EnCon Police Superior Officers Director
  • Nancy Ganswindt from DEC Region 5 (Adirondacks) – Vice President/Chief Communications Officer and Forest Rangers Lieutenants Director
  • William Ricci from SUNY Purchase – Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and University Police Officers/Investigators Associate Director
  • Troy Caupain from Metro Long Island – Secretary and Park Police Officers Director
  • James McCartney from SUNY Morrisville – Treasurer and University Police Lieutenants Director

Additional members of the Board of Directors include:

  • Jason DeAngelis from DEC Region 4 (Capital Region) – EnCon Police Lieutenants Director
  • Matt Krug from DEC Region 5 (Adirondacks) – Encon Police Officers Director
  • Adam Pickett DEC Region 4 (Capital Region) – Forest Rangers Superior Officers Director
  • Arthur Perryman DEC Region 5 (Adirondacks) – Forest Rangers Director
  • James Hy from Western NY Genesee Zone – Park Police Superior Officers Director
  • Christopher Lacosse from SUNY Albany – University Police Officers/Investigators Director

Manuel Vilar, PBA President and Park Police Sergeants Director, said, “We are blessed to have a board of directors that encompasses a range of experience from founders of the PBA to newer officers that bring a fresh perspective. To flourish as an organization, it is critical that we not only leverage the various and diverse experiences of our members but also seek to expand upon them.”

“There are a number of challenges facing law enforcement not only as a profession but as a vital component of the communities we serve and live in. To this end the PBA of New York State will always strive for the highest standards of professionalism to promote strength and safety in these communities while simultaneously promoting the interests of our members. PBANYS officers share the same concerns as their friends, family and neighbors. They want to contribute to the communities they serve and provide a better future for their families. To attract and retain the best, brightest and most capable we must ensure that the compensation our members receive is commensurate with the sacrifices they make daily to protect us all,” concluded Vilar.

 Established in 2011, the Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBA of New York State), is a law enforcement labor union representing the interests of approximately 1,200 members of the New York State Agency Police Services Unit (APSU).  The PBA of New York State is the exclusive bargaining agent for the New York State University (SUNY) Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the New York State Park Police, and the New York State Forest Rangers.  Our members police and protect New York State’s public universities and colleges; state parks and historic sites; and they enforce state laws and protect our lands and forests and ensure environmental safety and quality throughout the state.

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4 Responses

  1. Joan Grabe says:

    One woman ? Out of 12 board members ?
    It appears that the Police Associations have a lot of work to do even beginning to address diversity.

  2. James C Dawson says:

    What does PBA mean? I never heard of it. I gather it has to do with police forces; but not the State Police. This needs some explanation.

  3. James Haker says:

    In 1880 the first Fish and Game Protectors were hired later to become ECO (ENCON Police) and are the old statewide law enforcement agency. In 1885 the first Fire Wardens were hired later to become Forest Rangers. The New York State Park Police began as a patrol force in 1885 at Niagara Falls State Park. By 1973 State Park Police officers were on patrol in every park region across New York.

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