David H. Albert, 82, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday (January 24, 2021) surrounded by his loving family.
A Celebration of Life will be held at later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456.
Dave was born May 2, 1938 in Buffalo, NY. He was the son of the late Henry and Monica Phillips Albert. Dave served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1959. He then began a career as a NY State Trooper, retiring in 1982. Dave drove truck for numerous farmers over the years. He belonged to the Gorham Market Coffee Club.
Dave is survived by four children Edward (Kathy Miller) Albert, Karl Albert, Cynthia (Tim) Plowe and Eric (Ann Duncan) Albert; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; the mother of his children, Donna Detro; six siblings Dolie Bryon, Jake Albert, Sam Albert, Sally Jay, Tim Albert and Tina Neuland.
Dave was predeceased by his parents; and by his sister, Judy Hassett.
Please visit www.kenperkinsfuneralhome.com to send a message of condolence to the Albert family.
National Police Week occurs every May, and in 2021 we will be commemorating it with virtual events that can be viewed from anywhere in the world. From May 9–15, the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will deliver programs to keep current officers safe and healthy, as well as ceremonies to honor those fallen officers whose names have been recently added to the Memorial. Be sure to mark your calendar for the 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil, happening virtually on Thursday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern).In-person events are planned for October 13-17, 2021 in Washington, DC to offer the same respect, honor, remembrance, and community support as National Police Week, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay tribute to those who gave their lives in the line of duty.
The New York State Police honored our fallen members at the annual Memorial Ceremony held at the New York State Police Academy in Albany. This year, the State Police recognized four members: Sergeant/Station Commander Jeffrey M. Cicora, Investigator Ryan D. Fortini, Trooper Jennifer M. Czarnecki and Trooper Joseph J. Gallagher.
Phone scams are nothing new however there is a scam going around and it has already cost several residents tens of thousands of dollars.
Scammers are calling Central New York residents posing as attorneys or police to report that a family member or loved one is in custody/jail and then asking the victim to retrieve large sums of cash to bail them out.
The scammers or their couriers are then *physically showing up to the victim's home to collect the payment in person.
For most of us this is an obvious scam. Just posting it on social media likely won't reach the people most likely to fall for it our vulnerable and elderly loved ones. Now would be a great time to take a moment to check in with those people in your life and let them know if they receive such a phone call to simply hang up the phone.
Additional information about the Grandparent Scam can be found on the Office of the Attorney General’s website https://ag.ny.gov/
New Yorkers who have been targeted by this scam are urged to file a complaint by completing and submitting a Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau online complaint form or by calling (800) 771-7755.
By President Doney
Mike noted receipt of a letter from Bob Cronin requesting our support for the annual bicycle ride, Tour de Force. Motion by Pat Gleason to donate $200. Seconded and carried.
He is in receipt of a letter from the Superintendant's office inviting him to the Memorial Day service and awards program. Attendance is again limited this year.
Mike noted that the current PBA magazine has an article about the Association. John Odell noted that to date, he has seen limited response to the article and requested consideration to reprint in the next Gray Rider.
He reported that the IRS has cleared and re-certified our not for profit status.
He also noted that he is still receiving requests for our license plates.
As a reminder, Mike noted that all should review and keep current your beneficiary current with the retirement system.
By Secretary Murray
Noted that the latest issue of the Gray Rider is out. For clarification he noted that the mailing list is maintained by the Secretary and address changes should be sent there. Ms. Lyons should receive article submissions.
He advised that he no longer receives the listing of retires from Division due to concerns with ID and the recent discovery changes. To assist recruiting new members, all should try to contact recent retirees to join.
He also noted that he does not intend to run for office again.
By Treasurer Odell
John presented and reviewed the financial reports for November through March. Motion by Terry Sutton to accept them as presented. Seconded and carried.
By PBA representative Fred Scheidt
Fred noted that there may be an opportunity in the future to work towards a cola increase.
Dave Treat noted the passing at age 92 of Bill Schenke. Bill is a past president of the Association.
Pat Gleason noted the proactive nature of our current PBA representative and the fact that he is very active in the Association. He then made a motion that the position of PBA representative be made a voting member of the State Board. Since this requires structural change, motion tabled until the next meeting and will also be published separately.
Next meeting set for June 19th, location to be determined.
John H. Parmeter – Born in Chateaugay, NY, in 1929, to Wilbur and Lizzie (Coffee) Parmeter, John grew up on the family farm near Earlville (Slab City), NY, he died May 1, 2021, in Lowville, NY. He was a man of few words and a rotten sense of humor. He retired as a Captain of the NYS Police, Troop B, in Malone, having also been stationed in East Greenbush and Bath, NY. Before becoming a Trooper, he served two years in the Military Police, then worked at the Matteawan State Hospital, Wingdale, NY. He and Patricia A. Craig wed in Albany, NY in 1958, and they had one son, John, Jr., an attorney in Watertown, NY. Well, now he’s an attorney, not initially.
John was Town of Bellmont Supervisor, as was Pat after him. Hobbies included: trapping, hunting; the NY Mets; and taking care of the house and too much yard. He fished when the conditions were about perfect but gave it up when he started raising brook trout in his home pond in Bellmont Center. He was in two bowling leagues at the Chateaugay Bowling Alley for years, and with a small circle of friends he enjoyed playing cards from 1971 into the 2000’s.
He was predeceased by his wife, Pat, in 2007; siblings: Gladys (Ed) Genaway Hart; Leighton (Grace) Parmeter; Eunice (Andrew) Bilow; H. Marie (Stanley) McDonald; and by Pat’s siblings: Arch (Polly) Craig; Harold (Drucille) Craig; niece, Lynn Herb; and nephew, David Bilow. He is survived by son, John, Jr. and his wife, Julie; Pat’s sister, Jane Watrous and her husband Ivan; and 19 nieces and nephews.
Instead of flowers or donations, do as John would recommend: save as much of your money as possible.
There will be no calling hours due to COVID-19 concerns and a burial service will be held later in Eastside Cemetery, Chateaugay.
Arrangements are with the Chateaugay Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.chateaugayfuneralhome.com.
Edward G. Gifford, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Community Hospice Inn at St. Peters, with his loving family by his side. Edward was the son of the late David and Christina (Hallett) Gifford. He was the devoted husband to Barbara L. (Cardin) Gifford.
He retired from the New York State Troopers and was a P.E.R of the Guilderland Lodge and a past State Vice President with the Elks.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his daughter Sharon Carter.
Edward is survived by his wife Barbara, his son, Timothy (Justin Prater) Gifford and his daughter Darlene (Steven) Weiner. He is the adored grandfather of Sarah, Max and Rachel. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Kiriakedes and his canine companions Coco and Blondie.
Early last week Bill Sobolewski had a suspected heart attack. He is presently at Buffalo General Hospital. Bill is unable to have visitors at this time and is resting comfortably. He is able to receive phone calls and would appreciate hearing from his many retired friends.
DETF is planning a 50th year anniversary. If interested contact Bill Nemeth.
From Tom Mungeer. Members who have children with handicaps may qualify for medical premium reimbursement. Refer questions to Jason Sheridan.
The shoot this year will be on Wednesday July 21st in Batavia. We will begin collecting names next month so if you are interested in shooting set your calendar accordingly.
The Niagara Chapter will be having their annual chicken BBQ dinner on
Wednesday July 7 starting at 5 pm with dinner served at 7 pm.
Dear NYSPIA Member/Retiree,
The New York State Police Investigators Foundation (NYSPIF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that among other initiatives, provides financial assistance to members of the law enforcement community and all first responders in times of tragedy and personal hardship.
NYSPIF is pleased to announce that we are now operating and donating to those in need. Because we are a charitable organization we rely solely on fundraisers and donations in order to have the ability to help our fellow police officers and other first responders. New York State Police employees are able to make donations to NYSPIF directly through payroll and pension deductions.
We have raised about $78,000 with our fundraising efforts thus far and will continue to raise money for the Foundation through continued yearly fundraisers. This year we have scheduled so far, a golf tournament, NYC 9/11 Cruise and two cigar events.
The NYSPIF fund has helped fellow active and retired NYSP members as well as members of the general law enforcement community and many other first responders with donations for line of duty deaths of our members and other police agencies, cancer/medical treatments and travel, a firefighter LOD death as well as victims of natural disasters such as fire or floods. The contributions received by the NYSPIF have allowed for the distribution of over $18,500 in grants since we established in 2019.
We are encouraging NYSPIA active and retired members to take advantage of the paycheck/pension deduction program to support their fellow co-workers and families as well as members of the law enforcement community and all other first responders in their times of need. If you are interested in donating, the forms are attached. Please mail them back to 54 State St, Suite 300 Albany, NY 12207 or fax to 518-436-6501.
Thank you for your consideration,
Ronald R. Pierone Jr William Diaz Michael J. Connors
President Vice President Secretary/Treasurer
From: John Cuneo
Good evening Colonel, I hope all is well with you and your family. I wanted to inform you of the unfortunate passing of my father John Cuneo, on Wednesday April 28, 2021, at home with his family after a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer. He will be missed! He cherished his time spent with Division and the friendships made along the way! He especially enjoyed the monthly meetings at My Place and the many stories told at them. A Mass Service is planned for Wednesday May 5th at 11:00 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Newburgh, followed by a burial service at 12:15 PM at Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen. Would you please forward the information to the membership? Thank you sir!
John served from 10/68 through 5/89 retiring from H as Sgt/SC