Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has announced a new program making Schenectady County residents and visitors to the county even safer. Sheriff Dagostino has created a Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit to patrol the waterways within the county.
The Mohawk River spans 26 miles, running through the heart of Schenectady County. Though enjoyed heavily by recreationalists using various forms of watercraft, the Mohawk River in Schenectady County has not had Marine Law Enforcement for several years. Soon the Mohawk River will receive even greater use with the impact of the River’s Casino coming in (2016) this increase in river use will create an even greater need for safety and enforcement.
In cooperation with the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation along with the New York State Canal Corporation, the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department received state grants enabling them to provide not only Law Enforcement activities, but also to promote boating safety and boating education to the public.
The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol is located at the Mohawk Valley Marine in Alplaus, NY, and is staffed by specially trained deputy's- Patrol Lieutenant Jason Temple and Sergeant Brian Rossi for the spring, summer, and fall recreational period. Mohawk Valley Marine, owned and operated by Bob Esperti, has been instrumental in working with the Sheriff’s Department to start this patrol.
“At the end of the day it’s about providing the services the residents of Schenectady County need and my deputies will conduct routine patrols, enforce laws, answer complaints, and provide other safety services, and guidance to the thousands of enthusiasts that use the Mohawk River”.
Office of the Sheriff
320 Veeder Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: (518) 388-4300