Helming eyes ‘statewide approach’ to NY peace officer designation process

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Pam Helming would implement a uniform process for designating peace officers in New York.

Helming, R-Canandaigua, introduced the legislation in late January. The measure is in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would assign peace officer status to Seneca County marine patrol officers.

Cuomo has vetoed similar bills in the past. In 2013, he disapproved legislation that would have granted peace officer status to Cayuga County marine patrol officers. The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Gary Finch and then-state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, Helming’s predecessor.

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