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Update on COVID-19 from Chief Keevern:

I previously posted the numbers of confirmed cases in North Greenbush by week. Here is that list again but updated to include the weeks since that post:

3/20- 3/21= 4 new cases
3/22- 3/28= 4 new cases
3/29- 4/4= 3 new cases
4/5- 4/11= 3 new cases
4/12- 4/18= 9 new cases
4/19- 4/25= 7 new cases
4/26- 5/2= 6 new cases
5/3- 5/9= 7 new cases
This week so far= 1 new case

There are presently a total of 44 cases in our community. As said before, there is no clustering of these cases in any particular geographical part of town.

I'm proud to report that, while there were some close calls with exposure, not one member of this agency has been confirmed nor suspected of contracting COVID-19.

At a glance, it would appear as though the week of April 12th was our peak but each week since then hasn't been significantly lower so it could easily be said that we are still in our peak. With the greater number of testing sites throughout Rensselaer County last week, the number could just be higher due to greater availability of tests. This week is expected to mirror the last month and it would be surprising to find a significantly lower number.

22% of the residences contain 2 or more confirmed cases. Because of numerous changes in who was eligible for testing since the beginning of the crisis, a national or statewide average for this is not known to compare against.

We are as anxious to return to normal as everyone but want to make sure it is done safely for everyone. For that reason, we are continuing to curtail many of our services and using protective measures to ensure the safety of not only our officers but the public we interact with. We appreciate everyone's understanding so far on this and hope to resume as soon as possible.

A reminder that we are doing welfare checks on our vulnerable population that have nobody to regularly check in on them. If you know of such a resident, please call the station to give us the address so we can contact them.

Thank you all for your patience. Stay safe and take care of each other!
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Update on Paving Scam Investigation:

The individuals involved in the incident last week have been identified. Detective Stehr worked with them and the victim to have his money returned, which has now happened.

"Thanks to quick work by Detective Stehr, Lieutenant Croll and our outside law enforcement partners, we have been able to bring this to a successful conclusion" said Chief Keevern. The individuals were cooperative through the investigation, which made it possible to negotiate a resolution that worked for all parties.

Residents are urged to remember the previously discussed precautions of only doing business with companies that you called, yourself, and have researched, getting competing quotes to be sure it is a reasonable price and calling the police to report any suspicious people or peddlers that have no permit.
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Chief Keevern had an amazing opportunity to take the Gardner Dickinson School kindergarten class on a virtual field trip of the police station today. It was as much fun for them as it was for us and we thank the teachers and administration for helping get this set up! ...

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Press Release – Driveway Paving Scam

Release Time: 05/6/2020 @ 4:00 PM

On Tuesday, May 5th, 2020, the North Greenbush Police took a complaint of a grand larceny that had occurred as a driveway paving scam.

The victim was approached by individuals offering to repave the victim’s driveway since they had asphalt left over from a job in the neighborhood. He agreed and was then charged $5,500. The pavement that was laid down was very thin and was not applied correctly.

Through investigation, detectives identified that the individuals involved in this incident are suspected of doing the same thing at multiple locations throughout the Capital Region. The exorbitant cost and substandard work are hallmarks of this type of scam and make it a criminal matter.

“This is a pretty typical scam,” said Chief David Keevern. He urged residents to be cautious of anyone approaching them offering services or merchandise. There is a Town law prohibiting door-to-door sales without a permit. “We urge residents to avoid interacting with any individuals going door-to-door and call the police,” Chief Keevern said. “Do your homework on the company and verify that they are reliable before any money is transferred or contracts are signed. There are many reputable paving companies in the area to choose from.”

Investigation is ongoing and the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center is being used as a resource for connecting all local agencies with similar reports.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Update on COVID-19 from Chief Keevern

Town residents and visitors,

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our jurisdiction has now reached 40. There have been no deaths in our community that have either been determined or believed to have been linked to COVID-19.

The residences for these 39 patients are all over town and there does not appear to be any clustering. There is not much we can say for sure based on that but it shows there is no indication of community spread from any particular place. Only 15% of all of our cases live in the same household as another confirmed case, which is in line with the national average. As testing increases, so will our confirmed cases. As I’ve said before, an uptick in the numbers is not surprising and really doesn’t give us much to work with in terms of data.

As this crisis enters the third month, I know everyone is doing their best with taking in all of the information and trying to comply with the most current recommendations. This is difficult with information coming from so many legitimate sources and even more illegitimate ones. This leads to confusion and misinformation. I ask that everyone do your own research at the CDC or NYS DOH websites. They each contain the latest information and are updated very often. For questions on what is mandated per Executive Order, the Governor maintains a website with all of them posted so you can see for yourself.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a doctor nor a scientist so I don’t have any special information that nobody else has access to. I base the following on the guidance I have received as well as my own research of the government sites but I hope it helps.

There has been much said recently about people not wearing facial coverings when out in public. The CDC recommends facial coverings when social distancing would be difficult. They would not be needed if you are driving alone in your car or out for a walk, either by yourself or only with members of your household. Similarly, they wouldn’t be doing anything if you are a safe distance from everyone else as you’re most at risk when you’re close to someone. Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.17 actually goes beyond that and does require the use of a mask for anyone over 2 years of age that cannot socially distance unless they are medically unable to tolerate one.

There are a couple of memes currently being circulated which claim how efficient the use of a mask or facial covering is by putting percentages on it. This is not correct information. No governing health organization has calculated the efficiency of masks and, in fact, really don’t know.

This is by no means an excuse not to wear a facial covering when in public. The fact is, common sense tells us that they are more effective than if nobody wears anything. Simply put, if most people are wearing them, we’re in far better shape than if nobody was. There are very few people not wearing facial coverings and may have a medical reason why they aren’t able to. While it would be hoped that those few people remain away from the public at this time, that is not feasible for all. Please be patient with those that are not wearing any covering.

Lastly, a reminder that we are doing daily welfare checks on vulnerable residents during this time and urge anyone to call us if they know of such a resident. The criteria are elderly residents that live alone and have no friends or family that can check up on them often. We just want to make sure these residents are safe and have all supplies they need. These can be reported to our station at 518-283-5323.

I thank everyone who have read this far. I had a lot of info to put out right now and it turned into a long post.

Thank you all. Stay safe and take care of each other!
Chief Keevern
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I wish to extend our deepest condolences on behalf of NGPD to the French family and our brothers and sisters of Troy PD. Detective Sergeant Randy French was an outstanding police officer and an even better person. He will be missed. ...

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A message from Chief Keevern:

Town residents,

Since my last post on April 17th, there have been 7 new confirmed cases reported. I encourage everyone to continue the use of masks, social distancing, etc. These efforts can only help the situation. With only 27 cases in a town with a population of almost 15,000, we're in a very good place compared to many "hot zone" towns downstate. This is due to a variety of factors but the biggest one is that our community has pulled together and adhered to the recommendations, despite how burdensome it has all been.

As we all face our individual challenges presented with life during the COVID-19 crisis, I'm asking that everyone be mindful of elderly neighbors that live alone and have no local family that can check in on them. We're a small town and need to get back to small town basics. Please check on them every day or two and make sure they have all they need and are healthy. If you aren't able to do this for whatever reason, call the police station at 518-283-5323 and ask us to check in on the resident. If they're agreeable to us visiting often, we will do that.

I have seen some posts online about elderly residents using color coded cards to indicate they're okay but there are many flaws in that and it isn't recommended. A conversation through an open window is all it really takes.

As the motto goes, "We're all in this together" and that starts with watching out for one another. I appreciate everyone's help with this and everything else.

We have seen a tremendous outpouring of support from local businesses and groups over the last couple of weeks and we truly appreciate all of it. Such generosity in the face of hardship is a remarkable thing!

Stay strong, watch out for each other and stay safe! Thank you.
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Update on COVID-19 from Chief Keevern:

Residents and Visitors to our community,

As of today, there have been 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Greenbush. While there have been 6 deaths in the county, none have been in our town. The first cases were reported on March 20th, 2020. Since then, the number of new cases by week are as follow:

3/20-3/21= 4 new cases
3/22-3/28= 4 new cases
3/29- 4/4= 3 new cases
4/5- 4/11= 3 new cases
4/12-4/17= 6 new cases

As predicted, this week brought us the largest number of new confirmed cases since the beginning but that isn’t necessarily surprising and shouldn’t be considered bad news, in and of itself. That number, alone, doesn’t tell the full story of whether we are at the peak of the crisis or not. The spike in confirmed cases comes from more testing being available and was expected to go up this week. The good news is that it was predicted to have gone up much higher. While our hearts go out to the 6 new residents and their families as they fight their way through this illness, we take solace in knowing that there could have been many more.

Testing is continuing to be more available so next week is likely to be similar to this week or higher. We implore everyone to remain vigilant in social distancing and following all guidance contained in “New York on PAUSE”.

Governor Cuomo’s “New York on PAUSE” initiative is designed to encourage social distancing and stop the spread. There is a lot of confusion on what is banned and who any violations are reported to. As of today:

Non-essential construction is banned- This is not a complete construction ban and most outside work is allowed as long as workers are social distancing or wearing proper protective equipment (PPE). If there are any questions about a certain project, the North Greenbush Code Enforcement Office should be consulted at 518-283-2714.

Certain restrictions are placed on places of amusement, services and restaurants- If there is any question on whether a business should be open or not, contact the Rensselaer County Department of Health.

If you're unsure who the appropriate agency would be, call us and we can direct the complaint appropriately. Any complaints received by our office must have your name and contact number attached for appropriate follow up. If it is an anonymous complaint, we will not address the issue. We may respond to the location of a complaint to make an advisement or we may refer the issue to the appropriate outside agency. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. There is a chance that you will never know the outcome of your complaint.

Remember to watch out for any vulnerable members of our community and check on them often. If possible, help them with shopping or anything they need so they can avoid leaving the house. If you believe they may be in need of resources, check Rensco.com or call us for information.

The less-obvious members of our public that need support are those with emotional issues or substance abuse issues. While they sometimes go hand-in-hand, each is impacted differently by this crisis and need different help. Keeping in touch with them may be all it takes to keep them safe.

We are sincerely appreciative of all of the support we have gotten from the community through this crisis. There are many stories of our community members standing strong with each other through this and it is uplifting to know that there are so many generous people among us. We will make it through this next week and will be stronger for it.

Thank you, Stay safe and look out for each other!

Chief Keevern
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Happy Easter everyone!

While things are chaotic in society right now, it was nice to get a visit from the Easter Bunny for a dose of normalcy. He was sad that he couldn't see all the kids at the Easter Egg Hunt but hopes to see as many as possible as he travels through town today! We thank him for stopping by and social distancing during his visit!
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A huge Thank You to Quick Response for donating their time and materials to disinfect our station and patrol cars! It is a monumental task to schedule all of these and perform the work, not to mention the costs associated. We sincerely appreciate all they are doing for our communities. ...

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What an amazing day for a parade. We were honored to be a part of the Bell Top School Teachers Parade today. It was a great turn out! ...

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Press Release – UPDATE on COVID-19 Scam

Release Time: 4/3/2020 @ 3:00 PM

Update on Investigation Into Fake COVID-19 Testing Site

Most of you in the comments had picked up on the same things we had from the original report. As you suspected, this has now been concluded as a false report.

The person who had reported it, Christine Curley, 29, has been criminally charged and is due to appear in North Greenbush Town Court at a later date. It is unknown what that date will be with local courts being temporarily shut down.

Curley was charged with Falsely Reporting An Incident 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd Degree, both Class A Misdemeanors. Further charges may be pursued.

“We are relieved to have come to a quick resolution in this case and sincerely thank our State and Federal partners in getting that done”, said Chief David Keevern. “There were certainly indicators from the outset that this could potentially be a false report but an investigation had to take place before that could be determined. The allegation being made was very serious and inflammatory during this time of national crisis so a swift and decisive response was necessary.”

Her motive for the false report will not be released. Chief Keevern would like to stress that such reports serve no legitimate purpose but to fuel the already high anxieties our public is experiencing right now and arrests will be made when they happen.

While this incident had not actually taken place, the public should still be on the alert for any scams arising out of this crisis.

The investigation was conducted by Lieutenant Croll and Detective Stehr. Assistance was received from the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State and Rensselaer County Departments of Health, and various other State and Federal partner agencies.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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*** This has been determined to be a false report! Please see the Town of North Greenbush Police Facebook page for an updated post.***

Press Release – COVID-19 Scam

Release Time: 4/2/2020 @ 9:30 PM

The North Greenbush Police Department is warning residents of a new scam amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Late tonight, a report was received from a resident that had come down with flu-like symptoms and had contacted the NYS Department of Health Hotline for guidance. She then received a call from someone claiming to be with the Department of Health and offering her a test at a local mobile site at the Twin Town Little League parking lot on Williams Road. When she arrived at the site, it appeared to be legitimate and she received a call that her test was positive, just a few days later. Rensselaer County Department of Health heard about the incident and immediately identified the testing site as fraudulent.

R.C. DOH confirmed that there were never any mobile testing sites except for the local hospitals. The scammers were able to get money and insurance information from each person. They expressly identified themselves as being with NYS DOH, which has been confirmed as not being possible.

“There are people who will take advantage of any situation and this is no different”, said Chief David Keevern. “We believe there were many more victims of this scam that may not be aware that it was a scam considering the elaborate nature of it.”

Chief Keevern urges anyone who believed they were being tested at a mobile site anywhere in North Greenbush to contact the North Greenbush Police Department to provide any information they may have. If a similar incident happened in a different jurisdiction, the police agency for that area should be contacted. It is believed there were at least two different locations set up over the last couple of weeks. There is no specific information on whether any particular demographic is being targeted.

“The scammers offered to go to the victims’ houses, which is a major concern. Beyond the insurance theft issues, this brings in the angle of distraction burglary”, Chief Keevern concluded. “What the Capital Region is going through right now is bad enough without having to worry about this.”

The investigation is ongoing to identify the suspects involved. North Greenbush Police can be reached at 518-283-5323.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Working Structure Fire

Town Fire Departments and mutual aid companies are on the scene of a structure fire at a residence in the Tremont Estates neighborhood off of Best Rd. Please avoid the area to allow them to work. Thank you.
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Press Release – Stabbing

Release Time: 3/31/2020 @ 5:30 PM

At about 1:30 PM on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020, the North Greenbush Police responded to 3 Green Hill Road for a report of a stabbing incident.

The victim, whose identity is being withheld at this time, was found to be in stable condition and was transported by North Greenbush Ambulance to Albany Medical Center for evaluation. His condition is unknown at this time.

The suspect had fled the scene prior to police arrival and is currently being sought. Early information indicated a vehicle the suspect was believed to have fled in but that has been located at this time.

This is a developing investigation so only limited information can be distributed but updates will be sent out as possible or necessary. The victim was familiar with the suspect so there is no reason to believe the public is in any danger at this time.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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An amazing turnout for the Gardner Dickinson Royals Parade through town today to keep Royals' spirits up. We were honored to be a part of it! ...

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Update on COVID-19 from Chief Keevern:

So, we had a big jump yesterday and now have 8 confirmed cases in our community. I have been in regular contact with Rensselaer County Department of Health and this was expected. As I said in my last post, this is just a number of people who were confirmed positive out of the small number of people who were tested due to being symptomatic or had a very real exposure. The number of actual people carrying the virus is far greater. It would be easy to look at that number and think that this is not a serious problem since so very few become symptomatic. This is a very dangerous mindset. Precautions should still remain in place to avoid spreading the virus to our vulnerable population.

With all of the regulations in place, job insecurity has become a major concern. The news and being stuck in the house can be depressing. Please keep in mind that there were people already struggling with anxiety issues or depression and this can only make them worse. If you know anyone that is having a tough time with everything that is going on, please keep in close contact with them and make sure they're okay. One person reaching out could make all the difference in their life. We're all in this together and nobody should be left to feel alone.

The basketball hoops at Town Hall have been covered in order to cut down on the opportunities for youths to congregate there. I thank those responsible for taking care of that. I remind everyone to remain off of the playground area until we are past this. If you have kids that play there, tell them not to for now. This can be said of any other place that has hoops, such as our many schools.

There have been a lot of questions about construction not being halted, contrary to Governor Cuomo's Executive Order on Friday. At this point, we have not received any guidance on how we would enforce such a thing so it is not presently anything we can stop. The Town Supervisor has been working with the Town Building Department to not only provide education to all current construction projects but to also to find out how enforcement of the Order would work.

There are a lot of rumors and misconceptions about this virus and that is understandable. As more is known about the virus, CDC continues to modify what they say about it. What was true yesterday might not be today. Please check the CDC website regularly as we have found that to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date information. A meme on Facebook cannot educate you. The more you learn from reliable sources, the less susceptible you will be to the misinformation circling the internet.

I thank everyone for taking the time to read my updates and sharing them so we can reach as many in our community as possible. Stay healthy and take care of each other!
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An Update on COVID-19 In North Greenbush from Chief Keevern:

Residents and visitors to our community,

The Town of North Greenbush now has a total of 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is believed to only be a fraction of the actual number of people infected though there is currently no way to know how many there really are.

During my visits to Hannaford, Shop Rite, Home Depot and other retailers in town, I have been pleased to see people taking measures to social distance while shopping. This seems to be the biggest thing we can all do to protect ourselves and others so keep it up!

A reminder that the Town playground, basketball hoops and baseball field are closed. I know it is getting nice outside and everyone is getting cabin fever but please don't go there until this is all over and the state of emergency has been lifted.

Please remember that our retailers have limited shipments coming in. If you can't find certain supplies, please be patient. If you do find them, please only purchase the amount you need so everyone can have something. Certain businesses have special hours set aside for seniors to shop so be mindful of that and avoid those businesses during that time unless you are in that vulnerable age group. If you're young and healthy, you may still have the virus and could spread it to someone who already has a compromised immune system. For you, it may turn out as no symptoms or mild ones. For them, it could be fatal. No loaves of bread are worth that.There will probably still be some at the end of the senior hour for you.

On the topic of seniors, if you have an elderly neighbor, be sure to check on them by phone to make sure they are okay and have adequate groceries. If you have any concerns about a neighbor, call our dispatch center to let us know and we will see what we can do to help.

We understand this is a difficult time for most of you. There have been economic impacts, medical impacts and social impacts from the response to this threat. I want to assure you all that the North Greenbush Police Department is still fully operational and serving your needs the very best we can. We are properly equipped and taking every measure possible to protect our members and our community.

North Greenbush is not the same right now but it will return to normal before long. We all just need to stick together through this and look out for one another. Be safe!
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Update on COVID-19 from Chief Keevern:

The Town of North Greenbush Supervisor, Joe Bott, has declared a State of Emergency in preparation for any potential outbreak of COVID-19 in our community. Please check the town website, townofng.com, for several updates and restrictions that have been put in place.

Remember, if you're not concerned about getting the virus yourself, you need to be concerned about getting it and spreading it to someone that is in a high risk demographic. Please take proper precautions and take care of yourselves and others.

We appreciate everyone's cooperation in these interesting times and hope we are out of the woods very soon.
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Just a repost of what went out on Saturday for anyone who might have missed it. Check the Town website, www.townofng.com, for a message from Town Supervisor Bott regarding procedures at Town Hall. Thank you. ...

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A message from Chief Keevern to North Greenbush Town residents and visitors to our community:

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Greenbush, yet, I feel it is important to start taking steps to protect our agency and the public from the spread of this virus, influenza and the other infectious diseases of this season. Like many other governmental, private and public entities in our area, the North Greenbush Police Department is forced to take the unfortunate and extraordinary measure of making temporary changes to some of our protocols that you should be aware of. Our level of dedicated service will not be compromised but our approach needs to be changed in order to safeguard the health and safety of our members as well as the public we interact with each day.

As this situation unfolds, I will continue to work with the Chiefs of our bordering police agencies to ensure that each department maintains adequate staffing and resources to continue providing excellent service through this difficult time. We will continue to refine our approach according to CDC and DOH recommendations.

Effective immediately, we will be suspending the following non-emergency services:
Vehicle lockouts
Fingerprinting services
Car seat installation and inspection services
Public speaking and educational engagements
Ride alongs and station tours
Civil matters

We are asking that the public refrain from coming to our station to report a crime if it could be done over the phone. If you are exhibiting symptoms of any illness and need to come to our station, we ask that you remain in your car in our parking lot and call our station to let the dispatcher know of the illness and to have an officer meet you there.

Our involvement in EMS calls will be limited but we will always be available if we are needed. As long as schools remain open, we will continue our security patrols. Property checks and vacation watches will also continue as usual.

On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the North Greenbush Police Department, we are proud to serve our community and regret having to limit our services in such a way. We will be resuming these as soon as we feel it is safe to do so and hope that is very soon. I assure you that our town leadership have planned for situations such as this and we are confident we will pull through this together. Watch our Facebook page for any updates as they become available. Until then, stay safe! Protect yourselves and each other! Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation.
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Press Release – Fatal PIAA Pedestrian/ Auto

Release Time: 3/2/2020 @ 10:48 PM

At 7:47 PM on Monday, March 2nd, 2020, the North Greenbush Police responded with Defreestville Fire department and North Greenbush Ambulance for a report of a cardiac arrest call. Shortly after, it was learned that the victim had been struck by a vehicle.

The victim was transported to Albany Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He victim's identity is being withheld pending notification to family.

The initial investigation indicates that the pedestrian was struck by more than one vehicle.

Contrary to early reports, the driver of the first vehicle had not left the scene. He had remained near the scene but had not made his role immediately known to anyone. While the investigation of the scene was still happening, he approached an officer to report that he was the driver of one of the striking vehicles. He has been cooperative with the investigation.

Southbound vehicles also struck the pedestrian and those are still being sought as none remained on scene nor reported being involved.

East Greenbush PD also assisted on scene.

At this time, we are asking for anyone who was in the area and saw the collision to contact the station at 518-283-5323 to speak with an investigator. Additionally, anyone with information leading to the identification of the other striking vehicles are urged to contact us as soon as possible.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Police and fire units on the scene of a serious traffic accident on Rt 4. Between Valleyview Blvd and Cumberland Farms will be shut down for an extended period as the investigation happens. Please avoid the area until further notice.

Any witnesses to the collision are urged to contact NGPD with information.
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Press Release – Shooting

Release Time: 2/28/2020 @ 5:25 PM

On Sunday, February 23rd, 2020, at about 1:30 PM, the North Greenbush Police Department responded to River Road with Troy Police Department for a report of shots fired. River Road runs through both jurisdictions and it was unknown at the time of call where, exactly, the incident had taken place so both agencies were called. It was quickly determined to have occurred on the North Greenbush side of the line.

Upon investigation, it came to light that there was a gathering of individuals in vehicles and on ATVs where an argument began. As the argument escalated, one individual pulled a rifle out of a vehicle and shot towards another individual. Nobody was struck by the bullet and all involved parties fled the scene prior to police arrival.

A video was turned over to this agency purportedly showing the incident that afternoon. That same video had also been posted on social media later in the day.

The investigation into the involved parties led to a suspect being named. Due to a variety of factors, most significantly past history and the use of an assault rifle, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives was brought in to assist with the case.

In the early morning hours of Friday, February 28th, 2020, search warrants were executed in this investigation which resulted in the alleged perpetrator being taken into custody and charged with federal statutes by the ATF.

“This was a tough case”, said Chief David M. Keevern. “Witnesses were reluctant to cooperate because of fears that their identity would be immediately known by the defendant due to the new sections of the Bail Reform package. We had already consulted with the ATF and began talks of handling this on a federal level so we were lucky this time.” The Chief went on to say “Cases like this highlight the dangers hidden in the Discovery portion of Bail Reform. This was a case where citizens were forced to decide whether to place themselves in danger by cooperating or to place the general public in danger by not cooperating.”

At this time, the motive for the incident is not clear. Further charges against this defendant or other suspects may occur as the investigation continues.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release- Shots Fired
02/23/20 2:45 PM

Officers responded with Troy PD to River Rd for a report of shots fired. The location was determined to be within the Town of North Greenbush. Investigation is ongoing but initial reports indicate there was a large gathering of ATV riders meeting there when one individual fired a shot. There are no reports of injuries. More information will be distributed when it becomes available. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the North Greenbush Police.
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Press Release – More Identity Theft Arrests at Verizon Wireless

Release Time: 01/24/2020 @ 10:15 PM

On Friday, January 24th, 2020, the North Greenbush Police arrested Kelsa Bernabel, 25, and Branden Perez, both New York City residents, for charges in connection with an attempted fraud.

Employees of the Verizon Wireless store located at 600 North Greenbush Rd identified signs of a scam when Bernabel attempted to purchase merchandise under an account that had been set up online and quickly called the North Greenbush Police to report it. Officers responded and confirmed that the documents Bernabel had to complete the transaction were forged.

Perez was located at the scene and was determined to have a role in the scheme. Both suspects were cooperative throughout the investigation and were taken into custody without incident.

Bernabel was charged with:
Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree, D Felony
Identity Theft 2nd Degree, E Felony
Attempted Grand Larceny 4th Degree, A Misdemeanor
Criminal Impersonation, A Misdemeanor

Perez was charged with Criminal Facilitation 4th Degree, a class A Misdemeanor

“This is the tenth such incident at that store in the last year” said Chief Keevern. “The employees at this store do an amazing job of being vigilant for anything that doesn’t look right and calling the police immediately allowing for the suspects to be apprehended in the act.”

Changes to the FOIL laws prohibit the dissemination of mugshots outside of very specific circumstances. None of those circumstances exist in this case.

Bail Reform laws allowed Bernabel to be arraigned though no bail could be attached to those specific charges. She was arraigned at North Greenbush Town Court and Released on her Own Recognizance. Perez was released on an appearance ticket per that law. Both are to return to North Greenbush Town Court at a later date.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Arrests in 2 Separate Robbery Cases-

On December 21st, 2019, two individuals were arrested for their roles in two separate robberies.

William Morris, 35, of Troy was arrested following an investigation into a robbery at the Home Depot on December 7th, 2019. Morris was allegedly involved in committing a petit larceny from the store when Loss Prevention attempted to intervene. Morris allegedly became physical with them, causing injury to one of the employees. Investigating officers had been attempting to locate Morris for several days when an alert off-duty member observed Morris involved in another larceny at Hannaford on Main Avenue. Morris was captured during his flight from that incident and charged with both incidents.

Morris was charged with Robbery 2nd Degree (a class C Felony), Assault 3rd Degree (a class A Misdemeanor), two counts of Petit Larceny (a class A Misdemeanor) and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th Degree (a class A Misdemeanor). He was arraigned at North Greenbush Town Court and was remanded to Rensselaer County Jail with a court date in early January.

Shawn M Guilbault, 23, of Troy was arrested following an investigation into a robbery that occurred on a CDTA bus on December 10th, 2019. Guilbault was with two other subjects when one of the associates, Angela Graf, 29, of Troy, was involved in a domestic incident on the bus. Guilbault, Graf, and a third suspect had allegedly then physically assaulted the victim and stole property. Graf was arrested at the scene while Guilbault and the third suspect fled the scene. Investigation continues and the third suspect will be charged when he is located.

Guilbault was charged with Robbery 2nd Degree, (a class C Felony), Assault 3rd Degree (a class A Misdemeanor), and Petit Larceny (a class A Misdemeanor).
Graf was charged with the same charges as well as a second Petit Larceny and Harassment 2nd Degree (a Violation).

Guilbault was arraigned and remanded to the custody of the Rensselaer County Jail with a court date in early January. Graf had been released on her own recognizance and set to return in late January.

The investigations were conducted by Lieutenant Croll, Detective Stehr, Officer Walsh and Officer Larrabee with assistance from many other members of the department and outside agencies.

Changes to the FOIL laws prohibit the dissemination of mugshots outside of very specific circumstances. None of those circumstances exist in these cases so the mugshots will not be released.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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***Update 4:07 PM***

It is being reported to us that the water main has been fixed and water pressure is being restored throughout our town. There are a few locations that require our Water Department to bleed air from the lines but they are doing that now so full pressure should be restored by dinner time. We thank everyone for their patience. THERE IS NO BOIL WATER ORDER.

***Update 2:00 PM***

We have been informed that there were actually three water main breaks in the city of Troy overnight. The one that is affecting North Greenbush is the only one that hasn't been fixed, yet, but they are currently working on it. They did not provide any ETA on that.

***UPDATE 6:46 AM***

The issue from last night was resolved but another occurred around 5 AM. This one is believed to be in the area of Mann Ave in Troy. Troy Utilities are working on restoring it but have not provided any ETA. There is no boil water advisory at this point, for all that still have some pressure.

***Original Post***
There is a water pressure issue going on in town right now. It is believed to be originating in Troy and affecting the homes in our town that are higher in elevation than most others. The Town Water Department is aware of the issue and working to resolve it as soon as possible. At this time, it is unknown when it will be fixed or if there will be a boil water advisory needed. Please check here for updates.
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Pedestrian/ Auto Collision

The North Greenbush Police are seeking witnesses for a pedestrian/ auto accident.

Tonight at about 6:30 PM, NGPD responded to Rt 4 in the area of Jiff-E Mart for a report of an adult female that had been struck by a vehicle.

The injuries are not believed to be life threatening but the female was transported to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle has been cooperative.

"We're looking to speak to any witnesses to this accident. It is always the best to have as many points of view on a collision like this to really figure out how it all happened", said Chief Keevern.

No tickets have been issued as the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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The Letters Are Pouring In!

A moment of your time can make a big difference in the life of a sick child.

Please be sure to stop in to the NGPD Headquarters between the hours of 7 AM and 11 PM, any day of the week, to fill out your letter to Santa. Each letter we turn over to Luke's Believe Campaign by the deadline of December 1st will generate a $2 donation from Macy's Department store for Make-A-Wish.

We are located at 133 Bloomingrove Drive (next to the Van Rensselaer Manor)
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North Greenbush PD Partners with Luke's Believe Campaign

The North Greenbush Police are proud to announce a partnership with Luke's Believe Campaign to raise money for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.

Luke has been collecting letters to Santa that he will turn in to Macy’s as a part of their Believe Campaign. For each letter Luke turns in on Believe Day, Macy’s Department Store will donate $2 to Make-A-Wish!

From today until December 1st, we ask everyone to come to the police station to fill out a letter any day of the week between 7 AM and 11 PM. Bring your own or fill out one of our letters created by our members' kids.

A minute of your time will contribute to making a memorable experience for a sick child and their family. Our community always comes together for great causes and we’re asking for your help once again.

To learn more about Luke, visit his Facebook page. Last year, he gathered 77,000 letters and this year, let’s help him beat that and meet his new goal!
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Congratulations to Sergeant Kate Kuhn on her retirement. We thank you for 26 years of dedicated service to our community. "Officer Kate" will be greatly missed!On November 1, 2019 at 3 PM at the Town of North Greenbush police Department, Sergeant Kate Kuhn or as the community knows her as Officer Kate retired after serving the Town of North Greenbush for 26 years.
Sergeant Kuhn or “Officer Kate” as just about everyone in the town has come to known her as has done a lot for the residence in her 26 years with the department. Officer Kate started with the North Greenbush police department when she was 19 years old as a dispatcher. During her time as a dispatcher she took numerous ride a long's with police officers in the department and learned that she wanted to be a police officer to serve and protect her community. Officers from the department offered positive reinforcement and encouraged Kate to become a police officer.

Officer Kate completed the police academy and became the first female police officer in the departments history. Officer Kate quickly became very popular with the community especially the children. Officer Kate was one of the School resource officers and provided outstanding help and services to the children in the town of North Greenbush. Officer Kates work with the youth in all of her capacities has built a foundation of trust in the residence that started when they were kids and will carry-on well pass today. As time went on she was promoted to sergeant and became the first female sergeant in the North Greenbush Police Department's history. Officer Kate handled some very tough cases during her 26 years on the job and now can relax with her family.

During the walking out ceremony a very large crowd of fellow officers from numerous agencies including Colonie, Albany, Schodack, East Greenbush, City of Rensselaer, New York State Police, City of Troy, The Rensselaer County Sheriffs Department, and friends and family came to show their support and love for a person that cared and has done so much for the Town of North Greenbush. As Officer Kate called off the air for the last time multiple dispatching agencies in the county wished her a happy and healthy retirement. As Officer Kate walked down the stairs hugging and shaking the hands of all of the officers that came out to see her, she had a surprise at the end of the line. A group of students from one of the local schools had came out to support her and let her know that she will be truly missed. The Defreestville Fire Department, Wynantskill Fire Department and North Greenbush Ambulance also came out to wish her a happy and healthy retirement as Officer Kate was well-known and respected by the firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics in the town of north Greenbush.

Officer Kate states that she will be doing a lot more with her family and friends now that she has retired. Chief Keevern of the North Greenbush Police Department stated “ We thank her family for all they have put up with these 26 years. Having a cop in the family is never easy. You can now breathe a sigh of relief that she will be safe now. On behalf of the community and the men and women of the North Greenbush police, we wish Kate well as she embarks on the next adventure and thank her for her service.“
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No Shave November Kicks off for Charity

From November 1st to November 30th, the North Greenbush Police will be growing beards and mustaches for charity.

The North Greenbush PBA will be taking donations for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter

Please, show your support by making a donation to this great charity using the QR code for Venmo shown below. For cash or check donations, contact the PBA President, Josiah Deeb, at the station, (518)283-5323.
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Press Release – Strong Arm Robbery

****UPDATE****
11/5/19

The vehicle involved in this incident has been recovered. Investigation into the suspects continues. We thank everyone for their cooperation in looking for the car.

Release Time: 10/31/2019 @ 3:00 PM

At about 11:30 AM on October 31st, 2019, the North Greenbush Police Department responded to the Raizada Fuels, located at 63 Main Avenue in Wynantskill, for a report of a strong arm robbery.

The suspect is a white female, 5’5” with a medium build, who entered the store and demanded money implying she had a weapon. The store clerk complied and gave the female cash.

The suspect fled in a 2-door,gray 2003 Honda Accord, NY Reg HJV2378, on Main Avenue going into the city of Troy. At about the same time as the robbery call was received, Troy Police received a report of that vehicle being stolen from their city.

As of press time, the vehicle has not yet been recovered. The North Greenbush Police are asking for assistance from the public in looking out for this vehicle. If located, do not approach. Call 911 to report its location.

The investigation is being run jointly between the North Greenbush Police and Troy Police with assistance from the New York State Police and the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center. Updates will be provided when possible.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Tomorrow is National Drug Take-Back Day. North Greenbush Police will be accepting prescription medications between 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM. No liquids, needles, aerosols, over-the-counter medications or illicit drugs will be accepted. Prescription pills only.

The goal is to keep unused and expired medications from accidental or recreational use by providing a safe way to dispose of them.

When entering the building, see the dispatcher who will advise you what to do.
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Another successful lockdown drill at Gardner Dickinson this morning. Great job to all the staff and children that participated! We sincerely appreciate everyone's efforts to work on the procedures and fine tune them as we go to ensure the safest possible response to any threatening situation.

While the reason for these drills is unfortunate, the staff does an amazing job in keeping the kids from getting scared by instilling in them that they are becoming better prepared. Of course, we always love the opportunity to stop in and meet the kids, too!Wynantskill UFSD held a lockdown drill this morning to help keep students and staff safe. The drill allows the district to practice safety procedures and ensures police are familiar with our building in the event of an emergency. Thank you to the Town of North Greenbush Police Department for assisting us with this drill and their commitment to keeping our students safe.
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Press Release –Fraud Arrest

Release Time: 9/9/2019 @ 3:00 PM

On September 3rd, 2019, the North Greenbush Police Department arrested Mousse Saiid, 37, of Troy for conducting a check scheme.

On May 28th, the North Greenbush Police responded to the Community Resource Federal Credit Union located at 631 Bloomingrove Drive for a report of a fraud that had taken place. They alleged that Saiid had deposited a fake check into his account and then deposited that amount over several transactions before it could be discovered that the check was fictitious.

Over several months, Detective Jeff Stehr had worked to locate Saiid and to identify if there had been any other similar incidents that hadn’t been discovered, yet, or others involved. Over the past year, police in the Capital District have seen an increase in counterfeit money and false bank or payroll check cases.

Saiid turned himself in and was charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, both class D Felonies. He was arraigned at North Greenbush Town Court and is due back in that court at a later date.
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At this point, the Town Highway Department was able to rectify the cause of the Whiteview Rd flooding. Work is continuing in the area and the area will remain closed for a period of time more but it is unknown how much longer.

Fire Departments are still working on getting to help with flooded basements. There are many so please be patient in waiting for them to arrive.

We thank all of the Town emergency personnel who deployed throughout town tonight. Everyone did an outstanding job!

Photos are of Whiteview Rd and Brookside Ave at the peak of the flooding.
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Update***
With the rain over, there are still parts of roadways that are flooded. Presently, the Whiteview Rd/ Brookside Ave area is closed!

Major flooding through many parts of town. There are many roads with flooding across the travel lanes. Please do not drive through these areas as there could be erosion beneath the pavement. Crews are working to fix any issues that can be. Once the storms have passed, it is expected that the flooding will subside relatively quickly. Maintain caution when driving, though, as there is a lot of debris and rocks left behind.

Power is out in some parts of town so traffic lights may be out. This will be restored as soon as possible. Be safe out there.
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The Cops On Top event was a huge success! A major thank you to all that came out to support this great cause.

The Special Olympics of New York did a fantastic job in getting this all set up and we can't thank athlete Rebecca enough for spending her morning with us.

The Wynantskill Dunkin' Donuts staff were gracious enough to allow us to take over their restaurant for a few hours and we thank them deeply for that and their support during the event.

We also thank Wynantskill Fire Department Chief Ed McMahon for helping get us a ladder to access the roof on late notice. The teamwork in this town is second to none and we sincerely appreciate that.

LT. Croll, Det. Stehr, Sgt. Kuhn, Sgt. Deeb, Ofc. Giddings, Ofc. Ruschmeyer, Ofc. Paniccia, Ofc Larrabee, Ofc. Mears, Ofc. Robichaud, Ofc. Bourdeau, Ofc. Catlin and Ofc. Peasley all participated and had a great time. They raised over $4,100 over the 5 hour period! Outstanding work, guys!
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COPS ON TOP

The North Greenbush Police Department is excited to be participating in the Cops On Top Campaign being hosted by Special Olympics NY. Officers will be at the Dunkin' Donuts, 69 Main Ave in Wynantskill, from 6 AM to 11 AM tomorrow, August 16th, 2019. This event is designed to raise awareness and to collect donations for the Special Olympics.

At this same time throughout the Capital Region, there will be about 14 locations with law enforcement officers volunteering their time to sit on the roof collecting donations from the drive thru using a bucket as well as being inside the restaurants to greet patrons. Even if you're not in the North Greenbush area, be sure to stop in and show your support for this worthy cause!
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The Rensselaer County Law Enforcement Association, New York State Police, North Greenbush Police, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s, and Wynantskill Fire Dept. will be holding a Free Child Passenger Safety Check. A Certified Child Passenger Seat Technician will assist with installation and inspect your car seats to make sure they are properly installed.

When: Saturday August 3, 2019
10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Where: Wynantskill Fire Station
511 Church Street
Wynantskill, NY 12198

Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact,

Eric Dahl @ 266-1970, edahl@nycap.rr.com
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NYSP Troop G Traffic @ (518) 783-3258
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Water Advisory

***UPDATE***
The Water Department is reporting that the water pressure should be returning within a few minutes. The issue was in the City of Troy. They recommend leaving the faucets on trickle so air can escape. There is no need to boil it.

***Original Message***

There is a water issue throughout North Greenbush right now. The Water Department is working to resolve the problem and restore the water supply.

At this time, there is no further information but we will update this post as we can.

Please share. We are receiving a large volume of calls about this at the police station which may be trying the lines up preventing an emergency call from getting through to us.
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Reported Explosion

At 8:24 PM last night, we received numerous emergency calls regarding an explosion. Calls were received from Snyder's Lake, Lape Rd and all points between.

Officers located the source of the explosion on Snyders Lake Rd and determined it had been a resident that was using an Exploding Rifle Target, commonly known by the brand "Tannerite".

Tannerite is legal in NYS though the Senate had begun the process of placing restrictions on it through the NYS Labor Law. NYS Senate Bill S4314 began these motions in 2017 but it is unclear where the bill currently sits. As of this date, NYS Labor Law has yet to be amended with any limitations on the product and it is still available .

The homeowner was advised that causing the explosion, especially at that hour, was disruptive to the peace of the community. Officers requested that he refrain from using these in the future. He apologized for the inconvenience he caused other residents.
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In June, the North Greenbush Police Department retired Unit 706, its last Ford Crown Victoria in the fleet. Police have used Crown Victorias for over 30 years but Ford discontinued the production in 2011.

Unit 702 is also set to be retired in the next month. It was the last of the Chevrolet Tahoes which were only used for a couple of years.

The department fleet is now comprised of Ford Interceptors and Interceptor Utilitiy Vehicles.
Any police officer of the last 30 years will have fond memories of the Crown Vic. They will be missed.

Photos courtesy of Sidewinder Photography who generously donated his time and skill to get these amazing shots of our newest retirees before they were decommissioned. We greatly thank him for this!
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On July 2nd, 2019, the North Greenbush Police responded with Wynantskill Fire Department, Defreestville Fire Department and North Greenbush Ambulance to a reported vehicle fire in an attached garage at 30 Kent Place. The call came in around 6:30 PM. Upon arrival, units found the garage to be fully involved in fire. Multiple fire departments were called to the scene to assist.

One person was transported to the hospital with burn injuries. The fire departments were able to extinguish the blaze before it reached into the residence, saving the home.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but is believed to be accidental.
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Press Release – Pedestrian/ Auto Collision

Release Time: 6/29/2019 @ 7:25 PM

On Saturday, June 29th, 2019, at about 5:45 PM, the North Greenbush Police Department responded to the intersection of State Route 4 and Williams Rd for a report of a traffic collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival at the scene, Officers determined that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle. The victim was a 14 year old female who had been crossing Rt 4 in the area of that intersection. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and has been cooperative throughout the ongoing investigation.

The female appeared to have suffered non-life threatening injuries but was transported to the hospital by North Greenbush Ambulance for evaluation and treatment. It is unknown at this time the exact extent of her injuries.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation. Multiple witnesses were available to provide accounts of what happened and officers are working to piece them together to determine fault. At this time, no tickets have been issued but will be at a later date if there were any violations of law involved.

The officers on scene were able to conduct most of the investigation with only a partial road closure thanks to the assistance from both the Wynantskill and Defreestville Fire Departments.

“This type of collision always involves a high risk of serious injury” said Chief David Keevern. “Even when the pedestrian appears not to have major injury, the exact nature of the injuries can only be determined after a full exam at the hospital. We are hopeful that this girl’s injuries aren’t serious and our thoughts are with her and her family.” He added, “We are also very thankful for the many witnesses that were able to be patient with us and remain on scene until we could gather their versions of what happened from their various perspectives. This is usually the part of the investigation where most of the evidence comes from in this type of incident and the more witnesses there are, the better we are able to piece it all together.”

The intersection of Rt 4 and Williams Rd is part of a proposed redesign of the Route 4 Corridor that is slated to begin next spring. Town officials involved in the project have worked to increase the safety of pedestrian traffic in this intersection and along the length of Rt 4 in North Greenbush as a part of that plan.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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On June 21st, 2019, North Greenbush Police Officer J. Gervais responded to an address in the Snyder's Lake neighborhood for a report of an owl in distress. The owl had gotten caught in the netting of a soccer goal while out the previous night and had been there during heavy rains in the morning. ENCON Officer J. Cox responded also to ensure the owl could be cared for if he had gotten injured during the ordeal. Getting the owl free would not be as simple as it looked since the owl was in a very stressful situation and could become aggressive towards the officers as they approached to help. It took several minutes to do but the officers were able to get the owl's legs and wing free from the net without anyone getting hurt, including the owl. Once free, the owl walked around for a few minutes to dry his feathers before flying away.

The North Greenbush Police respond to a wide variety of emergencies, including animal problems. Usually, this is just to get all the facts in order to direct the Animal Control Officer but sometimes we are able to help immediately and bring a quick and positive outcome. Great job Officers Gervais and Cox!
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Traffic Advisory for Monday, May 27th

Release Time: 5/24/2019 @ 10:00 PM

Traffic Advisory for Monday, May 27th @ 1:15 PM

The North Greenbush Police Department would like to advise motorists of traffic modifications that will be in place for the town’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at North Greenbush Town Hall Complex (Main Avenue), proceed east on Main Avenue, west on State Route 150 to Marion Avenue, Marion Ave. to Brookside Ave, to Main Ave and finishing at North Greenbush Town Complex.

Be advised that portions of State Route 66 (Main Avenue), State Route 150 to the Car Wash, Marion Avenue and Brookside Avenue will be detoured. Portions of Douglas St, Dodge St, Ashcroft St, Bellemead St, Orchard Terrace and Lenox St will be closed at the beginning of the parade.

The road closures and detours will start at 1:15 PM and last until approximately 2:30 PM. Several town side streets will also be affected during the parade procession.

Motorists are asked to be alert and follow the detour routes that will be in place.

Authority: Chief David Keevern
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North Greenbush residents,

There have been numerous posts on social media over the last couple of weeks regarding a company going door-to-door soliciting in our town. The company, Fox’s Pest Control, has reportedly been going around in our town and East Greenbush selling contracts for pest control and maintenance. They had been previously advised that they needed a permit from each township to be allowed to continue doing so.

Yesterday, I had discussed the matter with Town Clerk Kate Connolly following a permit application from the company. After careful consideration, the permit was denied.

The town law requiring a peddler’s permit is in place for the protection and safety of our community. It allows the Town a chance to find out who will be going door-to-door and interacting with our residents, many of whom are a vulnerable population.

I ask that any residents that have this company come to the door, please call the North Greenbush Police Department at 518-283-5323 immediately with a description of the individuals, their vehicle and what direction they were last seen heading. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation and continued vigilance.Thank you.

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Release Time: 05/14/2019 @ 5:30 PM

On Tuesday, May 14th, 2019, the North Greenbush Police arrested Wandy Deoca-Rodriguez, 23, of White Plains, New York for charges in connection with an attempted fraud.

Alert employees of the Verizon Wireless store located at 600 North Greenbush Rd once again were able to identify enough red flags about a customer which led them to the discovery that he was not who he said he was. The customer was attempting to use a forged driver’s license bearing the name of an actual Verizon Wireless customer in an attempt to pass himself off as that customer. He was attempting to purchase two iPhones by putting them on the victim’s account. The employees called the actual account holder and learned that he hadn’t given anyone permission to do this in his name. The employees immediately alerted the North Greenbush Police to report what was happening.

Officers responded and captured Deoca-Rodriguez in the store. It was discovered that he was in possession of 2 forged driver’s licenses. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with:

One count of Identity Theft 2nd Degree- Class E Felony
One count of Attempted Grand Larceny 4th Degree- Class A Misdemeanor
One count of Criminal Impersonation 2nd Degree- Class A Misdemeanor
Two counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd Degree- Class A Misdemeanor

This arrest is the sixth such arrest at that store in the last two years, and the fourth this year alone.

Deoca-Rodriguez was arraigned at North Greenbush Town Court by the Honorable Judge Burke and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or bond. He is due back in court on May 17th, 2019.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Join our team to make a positive difference in your community!

The North Greenbush Police Department is looking for motivated individuals to fill part time dispatch positions. The role of dispatch is primarily designed to be the hub of communications for our department, ensuring the flow of information that keeps our officers and public safe.

Dispatchers are also responsible for clerical, administrative and technical tasks in order to provide the best possible support for the team.

Dispatchers must be able to handle 911 calls, non-emergency calls and operate computer systems. This requires an ability to multitask, maintain composure in stressful situations and use critical thinking in rapidly evolving situations.

Dispatchers must be available for shift work and extra shifts as they become available throughout the week. Currently, the open shifts are on the weekends.

Prior work experience in this field is not required but preferred.

APCO certification not required but also preferred.

Interested individuals are encouraged to deliver a cover letter and resume to Chief Keevern at the North Greenbush Police Department, 133 Bloomingrove Drive, no later than close of business May 1st, 2019. Resumes will be required to contain a current phone number and email address for consideration.
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Press Release- Phone scam uses North Greenbush Police to bait victims

Release Time: 04/11/2019 @ 9:00 AM

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, the North Greenbush Police took a complaint of a grand larceny that had occurred through the use of a phone scam.

The victim had gotten a call from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration. The person on the phone stated the victim’s local police department would contact him and provide further information. Shortly after, the victim received a phone call from what the caller ID showed as (518)283-5323, which is the emergency line at the North Greenbush Police Department. The caller identified themselves as a member of the North Greenbush Police and advised the victim that, if he didn’t pay a certain amount, there would be issues. The caller didn’t clarify any further what that meant. The victim was then told by the person claiming to be a police officer that a woman would call him from California and that woman would coordinate how the payment was to be made. As with most other phone scams, the victim was advised to purchase a certain amount of gift cards and call her back with the numbers.

The North Greenbush Police were not in any way affiliated with this call and wish to express to the public the importance of being vigilant to this and other types of scams.

“No legitimate business or government agency will accept payment in the form of gift cards” said Chief David Keevern. “There are many scams out there like this one and they almost always request payment that way because you can call them with the card numbers and they can remotely access the monetary value attached to it. This is virtually untraceable so the best defense is to be aware of it.”

It is believed the police station phone number was used through a technique known as “spoofing” where the caller can make any call they make show up on caller ID as any number they choose. This only affects the caller ID and the owner of the phone number that was used is never aware of it happening.

“While the number appears to be our police station on the caller ID, if you call it, we will anwer it. If you suspect that you have received a call from our police station or any number you suspect as being fraudulent, hang up and call the number yourself. The call will be completed correctly and you can verify the identity of the caller if it is not a scam” Chief Keevern added.

This type of scam is becoming more common and the callers are claiming to be from many different federal, state and local agencies. The calls are becoming more professional sounding which makes it easy to believe that the caller is from the agency they claim.

It is believed that there are other victims of this scam and the North Greenbush Police would like them to report it immediately.

Chief Keevern concluded “We will never call anyone to have them pay us or any third party over the phone, especially using gift cards. The best way to avoid being a victim of one of these scams is to always verify the identity of the caller before giving out any personal information. As soon as there is any mention of gift cards, you will have identified it as a scam and you should hang up”.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release – Identity Theft Arrest

Release Time: 03/15/2019 @ 9:57 AM

On Thursday, March 14th, 2019, the North Greenbush Police arrested Christopher A. Vega, 28, of North Bergen, New Jersey for charges in connection with an attempted fraud.

Officers responded to the Verizon Wireless store located at 600 North Greenbush Rd for a report of an attempted identity theft. The store reported that a male was attempting to use the identity of a Verizon customer to purchase phones under that account but that they had their suspicions that the male was not who he said he was. They had confirmed with the actual customer that the male was not authorized to make the purchases.

Officers Mears and Peasley captured the suspect at the store and it was discovered that he was in possession of a counterfeit driver’s license and counterfeit credit card, both in the other person’s name. The suspect, was taken into custody and charged with:

One count of Identity Theft 2nd Degree- Class E Felony
One count of Attempted Grand Larceny 4th Degree- Class A Misdemeanor
One count of Criminal Impersonation 2nd Degree- Class A Misdemeanor
Two counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd Degree- Class A Misdemeanor

This arrest is the fourth such arrest at that store in the last two years. “That is a result of the vigilance on the part of the employees. They exerceise their due diligence when they are suspicious of a situation and it has resulted in saving four customers from losing thousands of dollars each” said Chief David M. Keevern.

Vega was arraigned at North Greenbush Town Court by the Honorable Judge Burke and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $7,500 bond. He is due back in court on April 9th, 2019.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release – Commercial Burglary Arrest

Release Time: 03/06/2019 @ 12:15 PM

During the summer and fall months of 2018 a commercial burglary spree caused Capital District police agencies to conduct a joint investigation. On the morning of June 15th, 2018, the North Greenbush Police responded to 470 North Greenbush Rd for a report of burglaries to two businesses there.

Detective Jeff Stehr led the investigation in North Greenbush along with detectives from Albany PD, Bethlehem PD, Albany County Sheriff’s Office. All agencies were supported by the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center to share information and identify a person of interest suspected of committing the burglaries.

Police shared investigative services, conducted extensive surveillance and, through the use of various physical and technology related evidence, were able to identify and arrest 54 year old Jaime Velez of Old Rte 401 Greenville, NY with committing the burglaries.

On February 28th, 2019 Velez was formally charged with burglarizing the two North Greenbush businesses. He was charged with:

2 counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree- Class D Felony
1 count of Petit Larceny- Class A Misdemeanor
2 counts of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree- Class A Misdemeanor

Police suspect Velez is responsible for up to twelve commercial burglaries between the two counties, where cash and other items were stolen to support an illegal drug addiction.
Velez is currently incarcerated at the Albany County Correctional Facility pending further court proceedings in Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Velez will be arraigned at the North Greenbush Town Court at a date that has yet to be determined.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Update to Bank Robbery:

We can confirm now that three males have been transferred to the custody of the FBI Albany Field Office in regards to their involvement in yesterday's armed bank robbery at the M&T Bank. They will be charged federally for their crimes.

The investigation is still ongoing as evidence is still being put together and we continue to work with the FBI, NYSP and other local agencies through that process.

We appreciate all the assistance those agencies provided yesterday in bringing a swift and positive outcome to this case.

"This case is one of the more rare circumstances we can encounter. Everyone worked together and got these suspects in custody within an hour of the incident. We can't thank our law enforcement partners enough for their dedication and professionalism in getting this job done" said Chief Keevern.

"Knowing the suspects are in custody can certainly help the bank employees start down the road to recovering from such a traumatic event."

All news updates regarding this case can be found by following @FBIALBANY on Twitter. The Department of Justice will release further information on this case as it becomes available.
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Press Release – Armed Bank Robbery

At about 11:30 AM on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, the North Greenbush Police responded to the M&T Bank branch at 313 North Greenbush Rd for a report of an armed bank robbery. During the robbery, shots were fired by the suspects and one employee was injured. The suspects had fled prior to police arrival.

Shortly afterward, information was received that indicated the suspects were at an address in Albany. That location became a secondary scene in this investigation.

At this time, investigation is ongoing and a press conference is being scheduled for 4:30 PM at the North Greenbush Police Station, 133 Bloomingrove Drive, where further information will hopefully be available.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release – Court Closure Due to Weather

Release Time: 02/12/2019 @ 12:55 PM

The North Greenbush Town Court has cancelled all appearances for tonight, February 12th, 2019, due to inclement weather. All appearances on the schedule for tonight will be rescheduled at a later date.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Snow Emergency in Effect for the Town of North Greenbush

Be advised that Supervisor Louis Desso has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the Town of North Greenbush, effective 6:00 PM on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in anticipation of Winter Storm Harper. The Snow Emergency Declaration will remain in effect until 6:00 PM on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

No vehicles should be parked on any town roads. Any vehicles not moved or interfering with snow plowing operations on Town roads may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Residents are encouraged to remain off the streets unless necessary for their own safety.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
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Release Time: 12/18/2018 @ 4:00 PM

Shortly after 10:30 AM on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, the North Greenbush Police Department responded with the Defreestville Fire Department and Wynantskill Fire Department to Mohamed Farm Way for a report of a barn fire endangering a residence.

Upon arrival, officers found the fire to be severely progressed through the building. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to the other buildings.

“The low temperature and winds made a difficult task even harder for the firefighters but they did an excellent job dealing with the fire quickly and preventing further damage or injury” said Chief Keevern.

Several surrounding fire companies assisted on scene. Due to the large response from the responding fire companies, that portion of Snyders Lake Road was shut down for several hours. The investigation into the cause and origin of the fire is still ongoing.
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We have received numerous requests for a status update on the investigations into two distraction burglaries that occurred on October 23rd, 2018.

Over the last 4 weeks since the distraction burglaries occurred, our investigative team has continued diligently with all potential leads. There have been several similar burglaries matching the description of our incidents which has required extensive coordination with all involved agencies. As we had previously disclosed, we firmly believe the suspects in our cases are part of a larger organized criminal enterprise. We have had a dedicated investigator working almost exclusively on these cases since the date they occurred as the investigation has taken us far beyond our town.

There have been no arrests in these incidents, yet, but we are working closely with all involved agencies and feel we are on the right investigative track to, hopefully, bring a resolution in all of these cases. Given the sensitive nature of open investigations, we can’t specify what is being done but assure everyone that we are doing everything we can.
The fact that so many of you are asking about these cases is outstanding. That means you are all keeping your safety in mind and continuing to be vigilant for any suspicious activity. We have continued to receive calls from residents who have had concerns about someone at their door and we urge everyone to continue doing that. Whether we are able to make an arrest in these cases or not, the threat still exists and everyone should remain alert for any potential scams. We would like to thank everyone for their interest in these cases and their continued support.
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UPDATE:

Updated Press Release – Police Investigate Two Distraction Burglaries

Release Time: 10/29/2018 @ 11:00 AM

Since October 23rd, the North Greenbush Police Department have been investigating two reports of distraction burglaries in town that day.

Given the sensitive nature of active investigations, few details can be disseminated about these cases at this time. However, the following information is an update on what can be said.

Following the initial press release, there has been an outstanding showing of cooperation from our residents who had been witnesses or had video to share of the suspects and their vehicle. Investigators have learned of several other incidents throughout the northeastern U.S. matching the M.O. of these burglaries. Commonalities between those incidents and ours were used to piece together more information about the suspects in an attempt to identify them. At this time, the vehicle we believe to be involved in the incidents has been located. Investigators from the North Greenbush Police are working with various state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and locate the suspects involved. It is believed that the suspects are a criminal ring moving throughout the northeast committing these crimes and had committed these burglaries while passing through our community.

“We believe we are on the right track with these suspects but continue to work on all possible leads” said Chief David Keevern. Residents should still remain vigilant and use caution when confronted by anyone looking to get into a home under any circumstances. “There are many tricks these criminals use to get into your home but keeping all doors and windows locked in your home, even if you’re home, can prevent anyone from getting in while you’re distracted.”

The North Greenbush Police have responded to several reports of suspicious persons following these incidents and urge residents to continue their situational awareness and challenge anyone they believe may not be who they claim to be. If anyone has any further information on these incidents, they are asked to contact Detective Stehr at the North Greenbush Police station, 518-283-5323.
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Press Release – Police Investigate Two Distraction Burglaries

Release Time: 10/24/2018 @ 9:30 AM

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the North Greenbush Police Department responded to two separate distraction burglaries in the town.

A distraction burglary is when suspects pose as employees of a utility company or public works department to gain access to a residence. Once inside, the suspects will split up with one keeping the homeowner occupied while the other or others go through the house unaccompanied to look for valuables to steal.

The first incident occurred around 5 PM on Douglas Street. Three white males had posed as being from the water department and said there was a broken pipe in the area that could be affecting that house. Once inside, two of the males distracted the homeowner while the third male began going through closets and dressers. The homeowner became suspicious of the situation and demanded that the males leave, which they did.

The second incident occurred shortly after on Winter Street Extension. Three males matching the same description went to that residence claiming again that they were with the water department. While one male distracted the homeowner, the other male made his way through the residence. As with the first incident, the homeowner became suspicious and began asking questions. The males left at that time and the homeowner discovered that parts of the house had been ransacked.

“Distraction burglaries are not uncommon, unfortunately”, said Chief David Keevern. “Both of these homeowners were vigilant enough to be suspicious and challenge the burglars which resulted in them leaving immediately.”

Chief Keevern offered the following advice to residents. “If someone is legitimately at your house for a utility emergency or problem, they will have no problem providing credentials which can be verified through the company they claim to be from”. “If you have any doubt, don’t let them in and call 911”.

The North Greenbush Police are asking for anyone with information regarding this contact the police station at 518-283-5323 to speak to an officer. It is likely that these were not the only two incidents yesterday and there may have been other attempts by these suspects where that information could be used to identify them.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release – Police Department Uses Grant To Upgrade In-Car Computers

Release Time: 10/12/2018 @ 1:15 PM

The Town of North Greenbush had received a Public Safety Grant from New York State Senator Kathy Marchione this year, allowing them to upgrade the laptop computers in all of the police department patrol units.

The police department has nine marked patrol units, all outfitted with laptop computers. The computers are used for a variety of functions from report writing, issuing tickets, operation of the in-car camera system, inter-agency communication and more.

“In-car computers have become vital for police officers these days. Our industry is becoming more technologically sophisticated and we need to have the proper equipment to perform our jobs the best we can” said Chief David Keevern. “Due to their age, our computers have slowed down and a couple have died completely which takes a car out of service. That places more of a burden on the remaining units.”

The existing computers had all been purchased about the same time and had passed life expectancy so when one died, it signaled the end for all of them being near which would be a major burden on the officers and the patrol cars.

In August, North Greenbush Town Supervisor, Lou Desso, had coordinated with Senator Marchione to get funding for the police department to put towards updating their ability to perform their duties.

“The police serve an essential role in society and they have to be properly equipped to do their jobs” said Supervisor Desso. “We knew we had to replace the aging computers and were working on figuring out how to fund that project when I found out about the Public Safety Grant.” Supervisor Desso worked with the town Comptroller, Anthony Germano, to apply for the grant of $7,500 which had been approved in September. “Senator Marchione has always worked to improve public safety in our communities and this will be a great way to do that here in North Greenbush”.

Chief Keevern said “The Town of North Greenbush is very careful with the budget and the funding of this project wasn’t built in for the year. We can’t thank Senator Marchione enough. We were at a critical point with the existing computers and couldn’t have done this at this time without her help.”

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
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Press Release – Burglary Investigation

Release Time: 9/4/2018 @ 7:50 AM

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 4th, 2018, the North Greenbush Police responded to 4491 State Route 43 for a report of an active burglary in the upstairs apartment.

Upon arrival at the residence, it was unknown if the suspects were still on scene. Units were assisted by members of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police in establishing a perimeter while further investigation continued. It was determined that there was a possibility of the suspects being armed and it could not be confirmed that they had left the apartment.

The Shared Services SWAT team, consisting of North Greenbush PD, Rensselaer PD, East Greenbush PD and Schodack PD, were called in to enter the apartment and ensure the suspects were not there. That portion of State Route 43 was closed to all traffic for about an hour during that operation.

The residents of the apartment have been cooperative with the investigation, which is still ongoing. Nobody was injured during the incident. More information will be distributed as it becomes known.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern

Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release – Follow up to Missing Person Investigation
Release Time: 07/18/2018 01:00 PM

Original Press Release Date 6/01/2018 at 6:00pm

On May 21, 2018 the North Greenbush Police Department began an investigation into the report of a white male Robert B. Christian age 50 who had not been seen by family in several weeks.

A lengthy investigation by the North Greenbush Police Department and the assistance of the Poughkeepsie Police Department resulted in Mr. Christian being located safely in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mr. Christian has since been in contact with his family.

Authority: Lt. Gregory J. Croll
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Press Release – Possible Attempted Abduction

Release Time: 07/12/2018 @ 9:30 PM

On July 11, 2018, the North Greenbush Police Department responded to the Snyder’s Lake area of town for a report of a suspicious male in a vehicle.

The report came from a 12 year old girl that reported she was walking in the Lake Meadows neighborhood at around 8:45 PM when she was approached by a gray vehicle being operated by a male. The male attempted to lure her into the car but she ran away. The vehicle left the area and is believed to have been last seen on Geiser Rd.

Initial reports indicate the vehicle was a dark gray sedan, possibly a Honda with what was described by witnesses as having a “bad” paint job. The girl was unable to provide any further description of the vehicle or the male.

The public are asked to be aware of this and ensure children know how to react in such a situation. “This girl did exactly what she was supposed to. She recognized the danger and ran away to tell an adult” said Chief Keevern.

The investigation is ongoing in an attempt to identify the male operator. Further information will be shared with the public as it becomes available.

Anyone having information on the vehicle or the male are urged to contact the North Greenbush Police Department at (518)283-5323.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Happy 4th of July! We wish you and your families a safe and fun Independence Day. A reminder that fireworks are dangerous and illegal in New York. Tonight, our officers will be actively patrolling for not only fireworks violations but also intoxicated motorists. Please enjoy the day and festivities responsibly.

Chief Keevern
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Press Release – Residential Structure Fire

Release Time: 06/24/2018 @ 7:15 PM

At about 3:30 PM on Sunday, June 24th, 2018, the North Greenbush Police Department responded with the Defreestville Fire Department and Wynantskill Fire Department to 4407 State Route 43 for a report of a residential structure fire. Officers Michael Walsh and Shane Robichaud were the first on scene and arrived at the residence within minutes. They were able to see from outside that there was a large fire in the kitchen and thick smoke billowing out the windows and doors of the one family residence. Both officers entered the residence with fire extinguishers despite the presence of thick smoke limiting their visibility and ability to breathe. Both officers deployed their extinguishers and were able to douse the flames, stopping it from spreading further into the walls.

The investigation into the cause is ongoing but it is currently known that the homeowner had been frying on the stovetop when the grease in the pan had caught fire. It is believed the homeowner had then thrown the pan into the sink in an attempt to extinguish the fire but putting water on a grease fire only makes it worse. The fire had grown very large at that point and began working its way into the ceiling and walls.

“This highlights the importance of having fire extinguishers on hand in the kitchen”, said Chief Keevern. “The quick actions of these officers led to a successful stop of the fire. This saved the family from suffering a greater tragedy from loss of more property, injury or worse”.

Both officers were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital and were released shortly afterward. The investigation into the cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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ATTENTION:

06/04/2018

The North Greenbush Police Department is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our seven digit phone lines receiving mobile phone calls. Vendors are currently in the process of identifying and remedying the issue. As you know, in the event of an emergency DIAL 911.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
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Traffic Advisory for Monday, May 29th

Release Time: 5/25/2018 @ 3:00 PM

Traffic Advisory for Monday, May 28th @ 1:15 PM

The North Greenbush Police Department would like to advise motorists of traffic modifications that will be in place for the town’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at North Greenbush Town Hall Complex (Main Avenue), proceed east on Main Avenue, west on State Route 150 to Marion Avenue, Marion Ave. to Brookside Ave, to Main Ave and finishing at North Greenbush Town Complex.

Be advised that portions of State Route 66 (Main Avenue), State Route 150 to the Car Wash, Marion Avenue and Brookside Avenue will be detoured. Portions of Douglas St, Dodge St, Ashcroft St, Bellemead St, Orchard Terrace and Lenox St will be closed at the beginning of the parade.

The road closures and detours will start at 1:15 PM and last until approximately 2:30 PM. Several town side streets will also be affected during the parade procession.

Motorists are asked to be alert and follow the detour routes that will be in place.

Authority: Chief David Keevern
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ATTENTION:

05/24/2018

The North Greenbush Police Department is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our seven digit phone lines receiving mobile phone calls. Vendors are currently in the process of identifying and remedying the issue. As you know, in the event of an emergency DIAL 911.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
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Press Release – Classie Lassies
Release Time: 05/15/2018 @3:00 PM

On Friday March 11, 2018 the North Greenbush Police Department was visited by the WILIDFIRE Classie Lassies Softball Team. The team hosted a pizza party at the Police Station for the on duty officers. The team also provided a Survival Kit for every officer and dispatcher in the agency which included all kinds of goodies that will help officers get through a difficult shift. Lt. Croll, Sgt. Deeb, Officer Larrabee, Officer Walsh and Officer Merola enjoyed the pizza and time to meet with the team and their parents.

Authority: Chief David Keevern
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Chief Keevern was honored and excited to attend the grand opening of Michael's Arts and Crafts store in the Van Rensselaer Square of North Greenbush this morning! The team there was so friendly and nice to work with. Thank you all for the invitation and the basket. Welcome to the neighborhood! ...

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Lateral Transfer Opportunity – Police Officer
April 2018

The Town of North Greenbush Police Department is actively seeking a lateral transfer applicant for the position of Full Time Police Officer. Candidates must have current BMP Police Officer certification, have been appointed to a Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff position from a competitive civil service exam list, and have satisfactorily completed a probationary period. One position is currently available due to a recent retirement.

The North Greenbush Police Department is an accredited, proactive and progressive agency focused on providing professional law enforcement services through community service. NGPD currently utilizes Tracs, SJS reporting software & the BEAST evidence management software, all patrol cars are equipped with in-car computers. The department deploys LPR units, TASERs and patrol rifles. The Benefits and starting salary for lateral transfers is competitive to other Capital District law enforcement agencies.

Interested applicants should contact Chief David M. Keevern at (518) 283-6006 for more information. Resumes can be sent via e-mail to dkeevern@northgreenbushpolice.org or mailed to:

North Greenbush Police Department
Attn: Chief David Keevern
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180
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To the Residents & Community of North Greenbush:

The retirement of Chief Robert Durivage occurred on February 9, 2018 after nearly 29 years of service with the North Greenbush Police Department. I would like to thank Chief Durivage for his dedicated years of faithful service to the residents of the Town of North Greenbush.

Authority:
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Press Release

Wanted Armed Robbery & Home Invasion Suspect

The North Greenbush Police Department is investigating an Armed Robbery & Home Invasion that took place on Saturday, February 3rd at approximately 2:30 PM. The suspect known to police as Charlie P. Hardt, entered Don Cook Jewelry at 1 Agway Drive in North Greenbush and stole merchandise from the store. A weapon was displayed and no one was injured. The suspect fled on foot to then commit a Home Invasion on a nearby street, stealing a motor vehicle from the resident’s driveway as a getaway vehicle. The stolen vehicle was located in the city of Albany minutes later.

Charlie P. Hardt Description: White male, age 26, 5’11” tall, 170lbs, Hazel eyes, Blond/Brown Hair.

Hardt is wanted in connection with this armed robbery and home invasion and should be considered armed and dangerous. The New York State Police, Albany Police Department and New York State Parole are assisting North Greenbush Police in this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Hardt or that may have additional information are asked to contact the North Greenbush Police Department at (518) 283-5323.

Authority: Chief Robert J. Durivage

Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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January 12, 2018

Dear Business Owner,

I am pleased to announce that the North Greenbush Police Department is now participating in the New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Counterterrorism’s Operation Safeguard program. The North Greenbush Police Department joins hundreds of local and county agencies contributing to this effort which will make New York State and our communities safer places to live and work.

We unfortunately live in a world where there are individuals who seek to disrupt our freedom and overall way of life through violence and terror. The tools these individuals use can be found in any community in America, even ours. Operation Safeguard was implemented in order to promote cooperation between law enforcement and private businesses to defend against this terror. Operation Safeguard seeks to accomplish two things:
1) Provide law enforcement with information regarding sensitive merchandise and equipment in a specific jurisdiction which could be used to facilitate or commit acts of terror; and 2) Educate business owners on what they can do to protect themselves, their businesses and their communities.

Over the next several months, North Greenbush Police officers will be visiting businesses throughout town that are known to either have dangerous materials for sale or to possess dangerous materials that they use in the normal course of business. The officers will be gathering information from the business owner or store manager which will be used to identify locations in town that possess these sensitive materials as well as the security features being used to protect those materials. This information will be confidentially stored and updated annually, at a minimum, by the police department.

The officers will also be providing information to the business owner or store manager on indicators they should be watching for in customers purchasing certain items which could help identify if someone plans to use the item for criminal purposes. Officers will also offer an assessment of the security features in use at the business which could be used to identify areas where security could be enhanced.

The purpose of this letter is to give you a brief overview of the program so you are aware of it when the officers visit you. There is nothing you need to do until then. If you have any questions regarding this program or what you can do to help, visit
www.dhses.ny.gov/oct/safeguardny or please feel free to reach out to my office. Together, with your vigilance and cooperation with this program we will ensure the success of the overall program and make our community a safer place.

Thank you,
Chief Robert J. Durivage
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North Greenbush Town Residents:

January 8, 2018

During the period between November 1st and May 1st of the following year, certain parking restriction are in place with regard to motor vehicles being left on Town roads. This is in Chapter 183 and Sections 175-18 of the North Greenbush Town Code.

1. Between 10:00pm and 7:00am every day, all town roadways must be kept clear of any motorized vehicles so that the highway department can safely and effectively clean the roadways when needed.

2. When weather conditions require the Superintendent of Highways to plow, sand or salt town roads, no person shall leave unattended parked vehicles on any Town highway in the Town of North Greenbush.

Section 1201.a of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law prohibits a motor vehicle that is left upon the paved or main-traveled part of the roadway anytime of the year.

During these instances, it is a priority of our department along with the Highway Department to ensure the safety of all vehicle operators, emergency services (police, fire & EMS), and pedestrians on Town roads.

Removal of any vehicles by the police department shall be done at the expense of the owner. Owners of vehicles that are in violation are also subject to being issued a parking ticket in accordance to the North Greenbush Town Code or a Uniform Traffic Ticket in accordance to the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law.

Please make the effort to help us keep our roadways safe for everyone. Questions can be directed to the North Greenbush Police at 283-5323.

Sincerely,
Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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January 5, 2018

To the Residents & Community of North Greenbush:

The North Greenbush Town Board made the appointment and promotion of Sergeant David M. Keevern as Chief of Police for the North Greenbush Police Department. This action was voted unanimously at a special Town Board meeting, Thursday, December 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

The appointment of Sgt. Keevern will take effect on February 9th, 2018 at 3:00 PM as I retire on this date with nearly 29 years of service to the North Greenbush Police.

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the citizens of North Greenbush, and the many employees who have traversed the ranks of the North Greenbush Police Department over the last 29 years. I have been so fortunate to have had an opportunity to serve the Town where I was born, and where I had a variety of roles, beginning in June 1989 as a Patrolman and culminating in my service as Chief of Police from 2013 until today. In my earlier days at North Greenbush, I also worked as a Code Enforcement officer before beginning my career at the police department.

When I reflect and look back on the last 29 years, many moments and memories come to mind. I picture events that will forever be emblematic of the tragedy, importance, and occasional humor of our work policing North Greenbush. Among the most rewarding experiences were the opportunities to: train & work with police officers and staff; achieve Accreditation status; develop programs, initiatives, and strategies to move the Department and Town forward; provide some degree of comfort to victims, survivors, and family members affected by tragedy, crime, and violence; and engage many members of our community in our efforts to make North Greenbush a safe community to live in.

To my colleagues at the police department, those who do the increasingly challenging work of policing that is so essential and so often misunderstood and underappreciated - and the family and friends who support them each day – you will always have my steady support, gratitude, and admiration. Most of all, I would like to commend the men and women of the North Greenbush Police Department for their professionalism and unwavering dedication to duty. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you in protecting the citizens of North Greenbush.

The promotion of a new police chief provides a unique opportunity for the department to revisit and improve upon the department's crime reduction strategies and community policing philosophy. A change in leadership will stimulate a renewed energy and leads to the implementation of new ideas. This is vital if the police department is going to be well positioned to meet the ever-increasing public safety challenges. I am confident that my colleagues and successor at the Police Department are ready to continue the Department’s important work for the community. Over the next five weeks, I’ll be able to work with Sgt. Keevern as the department transitions to a new chief of police. I congratulate Dave on this promotion and look forward to my successor taking over the department.

Finally, I would also like to extend my sincerest thanks to the community of North Greenbush. The support that I have received as a member of the North Greenbush Police Department will be forever embedded in my mind and never forgotten. It is comforting for me to know that as I depart from my role as police chief, the community is being left with a police department that is well equipped, trained, and committed to serving the needs of North Greenbush. I am proud to call North Greenbush my home and thankful for being given the opportunity to serve this fine town.

Sincerely,
Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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LETTER OF COMMENDATION

January 5, 2018
Officer Jeffrey Stehr #6
North Greenbush Police Department
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180

Dear Officer Stehr,

I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your efforts and professionalism that was provided on December 26, 2017 while at a cardiac arrest EMS call at Cumberland Farms.

On this day at 10:16 AM we received an EMS call for a 56 year old male in cardiac arrest at the Cumberland Farms. You arrived on scene at 10:19 AM at which time CPR was being performed by a store clerk. You acted quickly and secured the scene by ordering all customers out of the store and advised the clerk to continue CPR. A bystander who was a cardiologist offered assistance and you took charge of the scene by providing direction to the assisting parties. You then applied an AED to the victim and was able to provide two successful shocks to the victim. A short time later, North Greenbush Ambulance arrived on scene and took over CPR utilizing a LUCAS device while you continued “rescue breathing.” with a bag valve mask. NGAA medics then transported the victim to Albany Medical Center.

Later that day we received notification that the victim had a pulse, was conscious and talking to medical providers at Albany Medical Center. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

The dedication to the victims and to our residents, demonstrates your commitment to the North Greenbush Police Department mission statement which in part reads:

"It is essential all members remember that in the execution of their duties they act not for themselves but for the good of the public. They shall respect and protect the rights of individuals and perform their services with honesty, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity, and sound judgment.

Police officers must seek and preserve public confidence by demonstrating impartial service to law, and by offering service and trust to all members of the public."

“I know Officer Stehr will say it was all “part of the job” but I truly believe he should be commended for his quick response as his actions certainly helped save this man’s life”, said Sgt. Josiah Deeb.

I want to congratulate you on exceptional law enforcement services displayed at this incident and thank you for a job well done!

Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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LETTER OF COMMENDATION

January 5, 2018
Officer John Larrabee #40
Officer John Hudson #44
North Greenbush Police Department
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180

Dear Ofc. Larrabee & Ofc. Hudson,

I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your efforts and professionalism that was provided on October 22, 2017 while investigating a suicidal incident on Streamview Lane.

On that day, you responded to a residence where you found a subject that was despondent and intoxicated. Through the course of your investigation you recovered several suicide notes and observed evidence that led you to believe that she intended to carry out the threats that evening. Within minutes, your investigation determined that the subject was very much a threat to herself and could be subject to an involuntary mental health arrest. While the subject refused to be transported voluntarily, instead of using force to restrain her, you both continued to talk with her until such time she agreed to go. For over an hour, both of you demonstrated great patience and compassion with the subject, never becoming discouraged. By communicating and building a rapport with her, you avoided using physical force.

Your dedication and actions demonstrates your commitment to the North Greenbush Police Department mission statement which in part reads:

"It is essential all members remember that in the execution of their duties they act not for themselves but for the good of the public. They shall respect and protect the rights of individuals and perform their services with honesty, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity, and sound judgment.

Police officers must seek and preserve public confidence by demonstrating impartial service to law, and by offering service and trust to all members of the public."

A Letter of Commendation is given to an individual for the performance of an act that brings credit upon him or her and the entire Department. Sgt. David Keevern reviewed your actions and had this to say about your handling of this incident. “The level of care and understanding they exhibited in this incident was exactly the type of service this agency prides itself on. The officers did an outstanding job in handling this incident. For that reason, I am requesting that each officer be acknowledged by a letter of commendation.”

I want to congratulate you on exceptional law enforcement services displayed at this incident and thank you for a job well done!

Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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LETTER OF APPRECIATION

November 2, 2017
Officer John Larrabee #40
North Greenbush Police Department
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180

Dear Officer Larrabee,

I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your efforts and professionalism that was provided on October 10, 2017 while assisting Mrs. Ward on Route 4.

On that day, you responded to a call in which it was reported that there was a small white sedan with flashers on, pulled off to the shoulder of the road. Upon your arrival, you found that Mrs. Ward had ran out of gas. You proceeded to Heim’s where you acquired a can of gas and returned with it to put in her tank. You also continued to help her by escorting her to Stewarts where you pumped $20.00 of gas into her vehicle, which you paid for.

You clearly went beyond what would be expected, in that you purchased gas for this person. Your dedication and actions demonstrates your commitment to the North Greenbush Police Department mission statement which in part reads:

"It is essential all members remember that in the execution of their duties they act not for themselves but for the good of the public. They shall respect and protect the rights of individuals and perform their services with honesty, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity, and sound judgment.

Police officers must seek and preserve public confidence by demonstrating impartial service to law, and by offering service and trust to all members of the public."

A Letter of Appreciation is given to an individual for the performance of an act that brings credit upon him or her and the entire Department.

I want to congratulate you on exceptional law enforcement services displayed at this incident and thank you for a job well done!

Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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Community News – Donation from Turning Pointe Dance Center

On 12-15-2017 the Turning Pointe Dance Center dancers were honored to partner with North Greenbush Police to assist our officers as we serve and help people in need every day. The
team collected supplies and spent time during their holiday party putting together Blessing Bags that contain basic necessities and encouraging notes from the dancers. North Greenbush
Police Officers will give out the blessing bags to those in need.

Turning Pointe is located in Latham NY, and has been providing recreational and competition classes for nine years now, and has always looked for new ways to help out in the community. For the past four years, Turning Pointe has participated in raising money and walking in the Walk for Wishes for Make a Wish, raising over $12,000. Additionally, each year they host a charity show at which they pick a charity to raise money for at the
show. Last year, they raised over $3000.00 for the Green Dragoman Foundation, an organization to help children battling cancer. Having so much fun with all of these activities, the Team continues to look for more ways to assist the community.

Instead of doing a Secret Santa this year at their holiday party they decided to make the Blessing Bags. The team felt they have been so blessed with everything they have been given, they wanted to figure out a way to give back. They had so much fun creating the bags and hope that they can make at least a few people’s day a little brighter!
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Updated Press Release – Missing Person Located

Release Time: 12/17/2017 @ 6:30 PM

This is a follow up to an earlier press release of a missing person Susan M Cramer-Machia whom was located safely:

On 12/17/2017 at approximately 5:50 PM, Susan M. Cramer-Machia was located by members of the North Greenbush Police Department and the New York State Police BCI Unit from Schodack, NY. Mrs. Machia was located in a ravine across from the Sunoco Gas Station on State Route 4 in North Greenbush.

“At the time she was located by North Greenbush Officer John Hudson and NYSP Sr. Investigator Eric Cullum, she was barely conscious. At least 9 police officers, combined from North Greenbush Police and the New York State Police BCI removed her approximately 30 feet from the bottom of the ravine up to the street for the Fire and Ambulance crews.

I call it perseverance by law enforcement. Cross your “T”s and dot your “I”s and then go back and do it again. Because that’s what we did in this investigation. Earlier in the day, we searched areas with search dogs and also had a New York State Police aviation helicopter deployed but did not locate Mrs. Machia. Our investigative team then decided to expand the search and started checking other possible paths that Mrs. Machia could have taken and we knew that time was of the essence and we weren’t going to wait for daylight. North Greenbush ambulance transported her to Albany Medical Center and she is being treated at this time for severe hypothermia, said Chief Robert Durivage.

Authority: Chief Robert J. Durivage
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On Thursday, December 7th, 2017 the North Greenbush Police Department was invited to the St. Jude’s School in Wynantskill to meet with the Pre K Class. The students in the class presented to the Officers a pudding cake that they had made. Officers enjoyed speaking with the students and enjoying the sweet treat. ...

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Press Release

On December 7th, 2017 the North Greenbush Police Department was awarded reaccreditation status at a meeting of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. The North Greenbush Police Department has been an accredited Police agency since 2007 and this was the agencies second reaccreditation.
“Achieving our second reaccreditation is a testament to the hard work of the members of the North Greenbush Police Department. It is highly complementary to be recognized for our accomplishments as a professional police organization,” said Chief Robert Durivage. “I congratulate all of my staff for this achievement and particularly Lt. Gregory Croll, Program Manager and Administrative Assistant Carrie Reo, assistant Program Manager. Lt. Croll and Mrs. Reo have worked tirelessly to achieve our goal with this 5-year reaccreditation of our agency. Additionally, being an Accredited Agency ensures that the North Greenbush Police Department is holding to the professional standards that our community is worthy of” stated Chief Robert Durivage.
Accreditation is a progressive and contemporary way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance. It provides formal recognition that an organization meets or exceeds general expectations of quality in the field. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.
The New York State program became operational in 1989 and encompasses four principle goals:
1. To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible;
2. To promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice services;
3. To ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel; and
4. To promote public confidence in law enforcement agencies.
The Accreditation Program is comprised of a set of standards developed to further enhance the capabilities of an agency, and is divided into three categories. Standards in the Administrative section have provisions for such topics as agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, and records management. Training standards encompass basic and in-service instruction, as well as training for supervisors and specialized or technical assignments. Operations standards deal with such critical and litigious topics as high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol, and unusual occurrences.
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Press Release

On December 5th, 2017 at Moscatiello’s Restaurant in North Greenbush, the Rotary Club of Southern Rensselaer County sponsored a Community Heroes night to recognize those individuals who exemplify Rotary’s motto of Service Over Self. Students, educators, veterans, members of the military and law enforcement and volunteer fire fighters were some of the individuals that received this recognition from the Rotary Club last night.
“I was honored to have nominated Officer Eric Jukes of our department to be a recipient of this award,” said Chief Robert Durivage. “Officer Jukes exemplifies what it means to be a Community Hero. Officer Jukes has been a North Greenbush police officer since 2011 and has dedicated not only his time but his talents and enthusiasm to serve his community and help his co-workers in achieving the overall mission of the North Greenbush Police Department.”
Officer Jukes has shared his expertise in the Information Technology sector to ensure that the North Greenbush Police Department has the necessary equipment and software to effectively perform its function. As the head of the I.T. department, he has continued to strive to keep up with an ever-changing technological industry while adhering to rigorous demands and schedules. During his time, he has been instrumental in implementing the use of many new & upgraded systems which serve to streamline the way officers perform their tasks to serve the community in the most efficient manner possible.
Aside from I.T. responsibilities, he continues to perform his duties as an officer, including answering calls for service, engaging in public relations efforts and conducting criminal investigations. Despite having many responsibilities, he always performs his tasks with a great attitude and looks for opportunities to help others.
Through it all, Officer Jukes never expects anything in return for his efforts. Some of his contributions are done in the background and are not usually recognized by anyone outside of the department.
For these reasons, it was my privilege and honor to nominate him for the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club 2017 Outstanding Community Service Law Enforcement Award.
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Press Release - Promotion

Release Time: November 10, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

The North Greenbush Police Department and Town Board is pleased to announce the promotion of an officer to the rank of sergeant. At last night’s Town Board meeting, Officer Josiah Deeb was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

“Sgt. Deeb has leadership qualities and the experience necessary for this position and we’re pleased to make this promotion”, said Town Supervisor Lou Desso.

“This promotion will fill one open sergeant’s vacancy. Sgt. Deeb has been with the department since 2012 and is ready to assume this role and take on new responsibilities. He is well deserving of this promotion and will do a great job,” said Chief Robert Durivage.”

Many active and retired members of the North Greenbush Police Department were present at the promotion ceremony last evening.

Authority: Supervisor Lou Desso & Chief Robert Durivage
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