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Cuomo names 'search committee' to find a new State Police superintendent. Kolb says Assembly GOP members who are former police officers should not have been passed over in favor of Cuomo's former aides.
Text of press release.

For Immediate Release: 4/28/2016
State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the members of the search committee for the next Superintendent of the New York State Police. The committee will be reviewing and recommending candidates to the Governor in the coming days. Current Superintendent Joseph D’Amico recently announced his plans to retire after six years of leadership with the State Police, and 35 years in law enforcement overall. Superintendent D’Amico will be in place through the transition.

“The State Police play a vital role in ensuring the safety of New York’s families and communities,” said Governor Cuomo. “Under the leadership of Superintendent D’Amico, the State Police have shown remarkable courage and discipline in their service, and I have tasked this search committee with identifying candidates who will build on that record for all New Yorkers. I look forward to receiving their recommendations in the weeks ahead.”

The seven-person search committee is comprised of:
· Ray Kelly, Vice Chairman of K2 Intelligence, and former Commissioner of the New York City Police Department;
· Bob Duffy, Chairman and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, and former Lieutenant Governor, Mayor of Rochester, and Chief of the Rochester Police Department;
· Mylan Denerstein, Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and former Counsel to the Governor;
· Michael Balboni, President and Managing Director of Redland Strategies, former New York State Senator and Deputy Secretary for Public Safety;
· Thomas Zugibe, Rockland County District Attorney and President of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York;
· Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, and former Erie County Sheriff; and
· Rachel Small, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety.


For Release: IMMEDIATELY, April 28, 2016
Contact: Michael Fraser, (518) 455-3751 (office); (518) 859-8518 (cell)
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Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) today issued the following statement on the search committee that has been formed to name a replacement for outgoing State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.

“In today’s world, protecting New Yorkers presents greater challenges than we’ve ever seen. The search committee selecting our next State Police Superintendent has an important job ahead, and must call on as much first-hand experience as possible.

Prior to being elected to the state Assembly, Minority Conference members Michael Montesano, Al Graf, and Peter Lawrence each served as police officers. I urge the governor to bring their voices into the discussion. It is disappointing that the search committee announced by the governor neglected to include any representation from the state Assembly.

It’s nice to give former staffers a role in the process. But a decision this important requires perspectives from individuals who have walked a beat, put themselves in harm’s way, and carry unique perspectives as both law enforcement officers and representatives in Albany.”

Assemblymen Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) and Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook) each served in the New York City Police Department. Assemblyman Lawrence (R,C,I-Greece) was a member of the State Police for nearly 29 years.