Tenney holds roundtable in Albion with law enforcement officials from 4 counties

Posted 25 April 2024 at 5:16 pm

Photo by Karen Sawicz: Congresswoman Claudia Tenney speaks during a news conference after a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials today at the Orleans County legislative chambers. From left include County Legislator Skip Draper, Sheriff Chris Bourke, State Sen. Rob Ortt and District Attorney Joe Cardone.

Press Release, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney

ALBION – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-24) today hosted a roundtable discussion in Albion to provide a forum for local law enforcement leaders and elected officials to discuss the challenges facing the community.

Tenney was joined at the event by elected officials including, New York State Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt, Orleans County Legislature Vice Chairman Bill Eick, Orleans County Legislator Donald Allport, Orleans County Legislator John Fitzak, Orleans County Legislator Skip Draper, Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey, and a representative from the office of Assemblyman Steve Hawley.

Law Enforcement Officers present included Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron Jr, Genesee County Undersheriff Bradley Mazur, Niagara County Deputy Attorney Brian Seaman, Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti, Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone, Orleans County Sheriff Christopher Bourke, Wyoming County Sheriff David Linder, Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte, Lockport Police Chief Steven Abbott, Middleport Police Chief John Swick, Holley Police Chief Robert Barton, Village of Albion Police Chief David Mogle, Village of Medina Police Chief Todd Draper, and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“Thank you to all the public servants who attended our Law Enforcement Roundtable today to discuss the ongoing challenges facing our law enforcement community,” said Congresswoman Tenney. “Every day, these courageous men and women risk their lives for our community, and they must have the tools they need to continue to keep themselves and our communities safe. I am eager to bring the feedback I received from our roundtable to Congress to continue advocating for the resources and legal protections our law enforcement officers deserve!”

“I want to thank Congresswoman Tenney for putting this roundtable together and I thank all of the attendees for taking the time to join us today to share exactly what our law enforcement officers are facing each and every day,” said Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt. “We continue to witness our brave men and women in law enforcement come under attack by individuals who feel emboldened by Albany’s soft-on-crime policies. It is paramount that we protect those who are tasked with protecting us and today granted me the opportunity to learn first-hand of the ongoing challenges and reaffirm my support to our law enforcement personnel.”

“Our police officers have always had our backs and it’s about time we had theirs,” said Assemblyman Steve Hawley. “We spoke firsthand with our law enforcement officers today about the issues facing them and their community. For far too long, the Majority in Albany has supported initiatives that support criminals and undermine our police. I’ve always been a staunch advocate for law enforcement in New York and I will continue to fight to make sure they have the resources they need to do their jobs.”

“I, along with other law enforcement leaders, appreciate the support and communication we receive from Congresswoman Tenney,” said Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti.  “The anti-law enforcement politics by the majority in the New York State Legislature are taking a toll on law enforcement across this state. Law enforcement has been pushing and asking for change to laws that favor criminals and forget about the public we serve. The Congresswoman understands the importance of law enforcement and has offered assistance to help keep our communities safe.”

“On behalf of Orleans County and our local law enforcement agencies we would like to thank Congresswoman Tenney for continuing to address our public safety issues,” said Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone. “There has been no stronger advocate in Congress supporting our efforts and introducing legislation to make policing more effective. It’s refreshing that our Representative in Washington has a sincere interest in what problems we are experiencing in our communities and that she has taken the time to understand our concerns. Claudia has repeatedly demonstrated a genuine concern for her constituents and our quality of life.

“I would like to thank Congresswoman Tenney for taking the time to meet with local Law Enforcement Partners to learn more about the difficult challenges we are facing as a northern border county in New York State,” said Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke. “The radical left wing arm of the Democrat Party continues to champion woke policies that put our Law Enforcement Officers and citizens at risk. N.Y.S. continues to celebrate criminals and criminal behavior with draconian laws such as ‘bail reform,’ ‘raise the age,’ ‘less is more,’ ‘green light law,’ ‘Halt Act’ and the list goes on. We have definitely reached a new low with respect to Public Safety in New York State. I have personally never seen anything like this in my 39 years with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you Congresswoman Tenney, along with our local and state Republican representatives for continuing to stand up against evil and fight for the safety of our citizens.”

This is the third Law Enforcement Roundtable Tenney has hosted this year, emphasizing her commitment to the law enforcement officers in our community.