Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

May 17, 2013

Randy Simons
Dan Keefe
(518) 486-1868

State Parks Welcomes 36 Park Police Academy Graduates

First training academy graduation since 2008

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey and Director of Law Enforcement Richard O'Donnell announce the graduation of 36 recruits from the 10th Session of the New York State Park Police Academy.

"The graduation of the first Park Police Academy since 2008 marks an extremely special day for New York," said Harvey. "We're thrilled that this first class since the Great Recession represents the beginning of the rebuilding of both the Park Police force and the entire Parks system, which is due to Governor Cuomo's exceptional leadership."

"Congratulations to our new park police officers," said O'Donnell. "Their training has prepared them for a challenging and rewarding career - protecting New York State's system of parks and historic sites and the millions of people who visit them. I look forward to working with the new officers to provide an essential public service to the people of New York State."

The 36 recruits completed a six-month residential training program at the State Park Police Academy in Rensselaerville, Albany County. Training consisted of classroom education in Criminal Procedure Law, Penal Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, Park and Recreation Law, criminal investigations and a host of other police related topics. In addition, the recruits received hands-on training in firearms, first response, snowmobile operation, basic boat operation, rope rescue, and emergency vehicle operation. It was the first academy held since 2008.

The new officers will be assigned to regional commands throughout the state. They will begin a 10-week field training program where they will receive supervised training from senior officers, followed by assignment to patrol responsibilities.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation administers 179 parks and 35 state historic sites, which attract over 60 million visitors each year.

For more information about state parks and historic sites in New York, please visit, hometowns and regional assignments of the graduating class appear below:

Last Name

First Name

Home Town


Angrisano Anthony East Northport, NY Long Island
Austin Joshua Cambria, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Baire Sarah Albany, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Bates Brandon Watertown, NY Western / Genesee
Berketis Constantino North Babylon, NY Long Island
Bohlin Sarah Dover Plains, NY Hudson Valley / Taconic
Brough Lucy Palenville, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Cady Ryan Schaghitocke, NY Long Island
Calmes Jerald Holland, NY Western / Genesee
Campbell Stephen Lancaster, NY Western / Genesee
Caputo Gabriele Putnam Valley, NY New York City
Castiglione, Jr  Mark Cropseyville, NY Hudson Valley / Taconic
Cook Timothy Babylon, NY Long Island
Cortes Luis New York, NY New York City
DeRosa Michael Poughkeepsie, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Dockery Daniel Kingston, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Carollo Christine Seaford, NY Long Island
Gibbins Matthew Waterford, NY New York City
Gilman Raymond Schenectady, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Goldman Scott Massapequa, NY Long Island
Herrick Kyle Rensselaer, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Lange Noah Whitesboro, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Guerra Stephanie Cheektowaga, NY Long Island
Lewis Bryon Castleton, NY New York City
Peffer Joseph Sackets Harbor, NY Western / Niagara
Ramos-Dillinger Andrew Port Jervis, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Scaramuzzino Stephen New Hartford, NY Long Island
Schafer Kenneth Port Jervis, NY Hudson Valley / Palisades
Sibenik Nathan Buffalo, NY Long Island
Szprygada David Buffalo, NY New York City
Van Alstyne Tiffany Hudson, NY New York City
Crayford Cheryl Heuvelton, NY New York City
Ditzler Jenine Wheatfield, NY Long Island
Pileski Stephanie Marcellus, NY Long Island
Lund Raymond Theills, NY Long Island
Lodolce Steven Patchogue, NY Long Island