Peekskill, NY – Customers at the ShopRite in Peekskill did a double take on September 21 when they saw who was bagging their groceries. No, Senator Terrence Murphy wasn’t moonlighting, he was actually there to celebrate the store’s 20th anniversary of donating goods to help out local food banks. He noticed how busy the employees were and decided to lend a hand.

Senator Murphy bags groceries recognizes ShopRites 20 years of aiding local food banks2

Senator Murphy said, “I was glad I could be of some assistance, although one cashier told me I shouldn’t give up my day job. Every job is worthwhile. The employees here are no different from anyone else who works on Wall Street or drives a bus. They’re doing what they need to do to provide for their families. They take pride in what they do. Twenty years of providing food to less fortunate families is a heartfelt, commendable way for ShopRite to give back to the community it serves.”

Albany, NY – The good news for residents in the Carolinas last week was that Hurricane Florence weakened as it came ashore. The bad news was it still hit the Carolinas with historic devastating force. Winds reached as high as 105 mph, leaving 600,000 without power in North Carolina alone. The storm is responsible for at least 41 deaths. Conservative property damage estimates range from $15 to $60 billion and could easily go higher. The residents in the Carolinas face a long, grueling road to get back to a lifestyle even resembling normalcy and need help.

As he has done many times in the past, Senator Murphy is stepping up to help communities and families in need by organizing a relief mission. Anyone interested in sending non-perishable goods to the Carolinas can bring them to his District Office at 691 East Main Street in Shrub Oak. The items needed include non-perishable food, baby supplies, personal hygiene products, blankets, and back to school supplies. Water, candy and perishable items are not recommended.

“I think we all have an obligation to look out for one another. The people of the 40th Senate District are generous, conscientious and caring. I’m calling on them to help the individuals and families whose lives have been shattered by Hurricane Florence,” said Senator Murphy. “The situation in the Carolinas is heartbreaking. We won’t know the full scope of Florence’s toll for days, maybe weeks. But we can help people who will be rebuilding their lives in the wake of the hurricane through a few simple donations.”

Westchester County Legislator Margaret Cunzio said, “After any natural disaster, there are many anumals and people who will need our help and assistance. The aftermath of Hurricane Florence is where we can come together to help those in need, especially the animals that were transported or rescued. This is where we can lend a helping hand and truly make a difference.”

When Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico a year ago, it turned a paradise into a barren countryside with no electricity, clean water or medical supplies for the thousands of inhabitants trying to survive. Senator Terrence saw the suffering and resolve of the Puerto Rican people and pledged to help them. He contacted Dean Robert Amler, M.D., M.B.A., Vice President of Government Affairs for New York Medical College and Michael Reilly, Dr. P.H., M.P.H., Director of the Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters at New York Medical College to formulate a plan of action. They swiftly assembled an expert medical team to fly to Puerto Rico and provide desperately needed medical care bringing 1,000 doses of vaccines donated by the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). Senator Murphy and his team of volunteers remain among the few to go to the island to help its beleaguered citizens.

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Senator Terrence Murphy encourages a survivor of Hurricane Maria during his medical mission trip in 2017.

Senator Murphy previously spearheaded a relief mission to aid Texas after Hurricane Harvey had barreled through the Lone Star State. Thanks to generous donations from concerned citizens in the 40th Senate District, over 50,000 pounds of supplies were transported to the Gulf area.

Murphy organizes relief aid for victims of Hurricane Florence3

2017 Hurricane Harvey Fill A Truck
Senator Terrence Murphy leads a bipartisan coalition in collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

For more information about Senator Murphy’s donation drive to help victims of Hurricane Florence, contact his District Office at 914-962-2624.

YORKTOWN, NY – Two leading law enforcement groups announced their support for State Senator Terrence Murphy today. The Affiliated Police Association of Westchester, Inc., which accounts for more than 50 local and statewide police unions representing more than 10,000 members, as well as the New York State Association of PBAs pointed to Senator Murphy’s leadership in combating the heroin epidemic among other issues.

State Senator Terrence Murphy said, “It is an honor to stand in the company of these law enforcement officials and to receive their blessing. There’s a shocking statistic that has just been released – there were more Fentanyl deaths in 2017 than ever before. It is our obligation as elected officials to give law enforcement the tools they need to stay safe and to keep our communities safe.”

Keith Olsen, President of the Westchester Affiliated Police Association and Yonkers Police Benevolent Association added, “We proudly endorse Senator Murphy in his bid for re-election to New York State’s 40th Senate District. It’s a no brainer. Senator Murphy is the right and only candidate in this race for us to support. He’s shown his commitment to the people he serves in his battle against the heroin and opioid epidemic, his stance on child abuse and sexual harassment and his bill demanding no parole for cop killers. We truly appreciate what Senator Murphy has done for us and our communities.”

In response to the release of cop-killer Herman Bell, Senator Murphy authored legislation to ensure anyone who murders a first responder faces life in prison without parole. S.7976 passed the Senate this year but failed to be brought for a vote in the Assembly.

“The police respond whenever we call,” Murphy added. “My job is to make sure they can do their job safely and return home. No more killers like Herman Bell, who murdered two officers responding to an emergency call and nis now out on parole casting a vote thanks to an executive pardon.”

Michael O’Meara, Vice President of the New York State Association of PBAs and President of the MTA PBA said, “Both of our organizations are proud to endorse Senator Murphy. The New York State Association of PBAs has a strong presence in Albany. We talk with Senator Murphy all the time. He’s a great advocate for police and for the people of this state. The MTA has about 700 members who live in the 40th Senate District. We couldn’t ask for anyone better to represent our members and families.”

Senator Murphy has already garnered numerous endorsements including:
Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Asbestos Workers Local 91
Boilermakers Local 5
Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
Bridge & Structural Steel Painters Local 806
Building and Construction Trades Council of New York State AFL-CIO
Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
Civil Service Employees Association of New York State Local 1000
Civil Service Employees Association of Westchester County Local 9200
Council of Administrators & Supervisors
Detectives Endowment Association
Elevator Constructors Local 1
Empire State Supervisors & Administrators Association
Fire Marshal Benevolent Association of Nassau County
Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO
IAFF Local 2956 Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters
IAFF Local 628 Yonkers Fire
IBEW Electrical Workers Local 3
IBEW Electrical Workers Local 363
IBEW Electrical Workers Local 363
Iron Workers Local 40
Iron Workers Local 417
Ironworkers Local 197 Derrickmen and Riggers
IUOE Operating Engineers Local 137
IUOE Operating Engineers Local 15
IUOE Operating Engineers Local 30
IUPAT Local 262 Operative Plasterers
IUPAT Local 7 Title, Marble & Terrazzo
IUPAT Local 8A-28A Metal Polishers
IUPAT Local Union 1087 Glaziers
IUPAT Painters District Council 9
LiUNA Local 235 Building Laborers
LiUNA Local 60 Road Laborers
LiUNA Local 669 Road Sprinkler Fitters
Mason Tenders District Council Of Greater New York & Long Island
Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
MTA Police Benevolent Association
Nassau County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association Inc.
Nassau County Police Medic Association Inc.
Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association
New York City Uniformed Fire Officers Local 854 AFL-CIO
New York State AFL-CIO
New York State Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers
New York State Laborers Union
New York State Nurses Association
New York State Pipe Trades Association
New York State Public Employees Federation
New York State Troopers PBA
Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Painters District Council 9
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
PBA of NYS
Police Conference of New York
Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 JATC
Suffolk County Correction Officers Association
Supreme Court Officers Association
Teamsters Joint Council 16
Teamsters Local 456
Teamsters Local 813
Teamsters Local 814
UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
UBC Millwright & Machinery Erectors Local Union 740
UBCJA Local 1456 Dockbuilders
UBCJA Local 2287 Resilient Floor Coverers
UFA of Greater New York (FDNY) Local 94 IAFF
Unfiromed EMS Officers Union, L ocal 3621 – FDNY
Uniformed EMT’s, Paramedics and Inspectors Local 2507 FDNY
Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatcers Benevolent Association FDNY
United Cement Masons Union Local 780
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 8
Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association
Westchester County Correction Superior Officers Benevolent Association
Westchester County PBA
Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO
Yonkers PBA

Remainder of Funds Will Go Towards New Computers

Brewster, NY – There have been many poetic tomes and songs written about the intoxicating effects of a rainstorm. For patrons and staff at the Brewster Public Library however, rainstorms have meant dealing with a leaky roof.

Senator Terrence Murphy recently left the staff at the library singing in the rain when he presented them with a check for $ 5,000 to fix the roof. The remaining funds will be used to purchase new computers.

“The Brewster Public Library is an important social institution that provides much needed resources – education and training, job search resources, and Internet access among many other invaluable services,” said Senator Murphy. “I am proud to help put a roof over everyone’s heads.”

Library Director Gina Loprinzo stated, “The Board of Trustees and the staff of the Brewster Library are very appreciative of the funds provided by Senator Murphy. Sometimes we have unexpected expenses, such as a roof repair, or even a “wish list” of things we like to have such as new technology. These kinds of things aren’t necessarily in our operating budget, and we have to look for ways to come up with the funds, so we are grateful that Senator Murphy is so supportive of our libraries.”

Brewster Public Library provides books and other library resources for people of all ages and the information and technology that they need to develop a life-long habit of reading and library use. A part of the Mid-Hudson Library System and the Putnam County Library Association, the library affords the community the opportunity to participate in cultural, creative pursuits and activities.

Designation Makes Lakes Eligible for Waterfront Revitalization

Lewisboro, NY – Many of our inland waterways are directly linked to tourism and the economic well-being of our communities. However, some waterways that were once havens for local families and vacationers are slowly succumbing to the damaging effects of pollution, erosion, and stormwater run-off. To stem the rising tide of these problems, Senator Terrence Murphy is helping the Lewisboro community gain access to a new funding stream that will restore its lakeside communities. Senator Murphy sponsored S8252A, which designates six lakes – Katonah, Kitchawan, Oscaleta, Rippowam, Truesdale and Waccabuc as inland waterways for the purpose of waterfront revitalization.

By designating these lakes as inland waterways, the lakeside communities along their banks are now eligible for Department of State and Environmental Protection Fund waterfront revitalization grants, enabling them to pursue improved water quality, preservation of open space and wildlife habitat, promotion of tourism and economic development opportunities.

“Our social and economic future is in part tied to the preservation, enhancement, development, and use of the natural and man-made resources of the state’s inland waterways,” said Senator Murphy. “By designating these bodies of water as ‘inland waterways,’ Lewisboro will have the ability to tap into state funds that can improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.”

Peter Parsons, Lewisboro Town Supervisor said, “I welcome any opportunity to improve the town’s lakes and to help the surrounding communities. I am hopeful that this legislation will be a step forward for the town of Lewisboro.”

Janet Andersen is President of the Three Lakes Council, which was formed to protect Lake Waccabuc, Lake Oscaleta, and Lake Rippowam. The board consists of representatives of all the lake associations in the Three Lakes plus the Waccabuc Country Club and the Waccabuc Landowners’ Council. Anderson said, “I am pleased that the three lakes in our community are included in the Lewisboro lakes which were added to the list of designated inland waterways. This listing is the essential first step to be eligible for state funds to maintain and improve the water quality and environmental status of Lakes Oscaleta, Rippowam, and Waccabuc.”

Commonly known as the Three Lakes, Lake Waccabuc, Lake Oscaleta, and Lake Rippowam are interconnected natural lakes. Lake Waccabuc is the largest and most well known, and is a prime spot for boating, fishing, and swimming. Lake Oscaleta and Lake Rippowam are also called the Twin Lakes because of Twin Lakes Village, a development that runs between them. Along with the other lakes, Lake Kitchawan, Lake Katonah, and Lake Truesdale, these six bodies of water are home to some of Westchester County’s most pastoral lakefront communities.

Assemblyman David Buchwald sponsored the legislation in the Assembly. The bill was signed by Governor Cuomo on August 27th.

Hudson Valley Senator Miffed No Westchester Meeting Has Been Set

Sleepy Hollow, NY – Another month goes by and the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) plan to install storm barriers around the New York City metropolitan area took another step backwards today According the USACE website, the pubic comment period has once again been extended to November 5th with a draft report anticipated to be released in late November and early December of 2018. Shockingly, the agency also announced a last minute scoping meeting for this Thursday, September 20th, at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn.

After trying to fast track a plan that left government officials, local communities and environmental advocates in the dark this is the second abrupt setback in as many months. With more questions than answers State Senator Terrence Murphy renewed his demand for the federal agency to hold an informational meeting in Westchester County.

“The federal government is ignoring our requests for transparency,” Senator Murphy charged. “There are multiple plans proposed, we don’t know what studies they are using and our region can’t even get a seat at the table. It is unacceptable and we will continue to demand proper communication, an open process and accountability.”

In July, Senator Murphy launched online petition to demand a meeting be held in Sleepy Hollow. A series of meetings were already held in New York City, New Jersey and Poughkeepsie. The Westchester-Rockland region is home to the largest population along the Hudson River outside of New York City.

Paul Gallay, President and Riverkeeper said, “We are glad that the Army Corps heard the massive public outcry and granted an extension to the comment period. But these last minute extensions that come in fits and starts are not addressing the fundamental weaknesses in their process: a lack of transparency and information sharing and their severe lack of community engagement. The Army Corps needs to start this process over with truly meaningful engagement.”

John Cronin, former Riverkeeper and senior fellow for Environmental Affairs at Pace University added, “The federal government has done little to protect and restore the Hudson, compared to other major estuaries. Instead it has a long history of reckless proposals that would further damage the river. The latest Army Corps proposal is the worst I have seen in my 45 year career.”

Peekskill, NY – The Peekskill Youth Bureau is known as a haven for children looking to expand their cultural and educational horizons. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Senator Terrence Murphy, Peekskill will have a remodeled, modern facility where they can relax and learn.

The Executive Director for the Peekskill Youth Bureau, Tuesday Paige McDonald, summed up her organization’s delight at the announcement: “People don’t know how much you know until you know how much they care.”

“The effort to rebuild the Youth Bureau’s facility comes through communication,” Senator Murphy noted. “It doesn’t happen without an open dialogue and keeping everyone involved so I can get the funds the Youth Bureau needs. My job in Albany is to fight for the 40th Senate District. I’ll always try to help this city in any way I can. Peekskill will never be forgotten.”

Reverend Robert E. Young, Pastor for Mt. Olivet Church said, “Senator Murphy has continued to show his care and concern for the community, especially our youth and their enrichment. He’s a model for what a politician should be. He provides hope and opportunity for our youth and their families. We’re grateful he’s chosen to continue to invest in our community.”

Murphy secures 50000 grant for Peekskill Youth Bureau Building Renovations2

Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey stressed the importance of the Youth Bureau being a safe place not just for kids, but the staff as well. “These children come to the Youth Bureau and build strong and lasting relationships with the all the staff here. It is important that we have a place for everyone involved to be secure and comfortable in their surroundings. Watching the staff mentor the children has been inspiring. The success of the Youth Bureau is an example of the positive direction Peekskill is headed in.”

County Legislator John Testa was excited to see the project grow, which was started during his tenure as Councilman and Mayor for Peekskill. “Having also been a teacher for 33 years, I know that students need a place to go where they can feel at home,” he said. “It is important that the Youth Bureau continues to reach out to our young people. Fifty Thousand dollars can go a long way in refurbishing the building.”

Ms. Paige McDonald was overjoyed with the grant, thanking Senator Murphy. And she was not alone. Her team was there to celebrate the moment. “There is no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM'” she proclaimed, as she introduced her staff. “They deserve so much credit for the day in and day out hard work.”

“All the adults here are invested in helping our children build better lives for themselves,” stated DFC Coalition Coordinator Danielle Satow. “We want the youth of Peekskill to know that we built this space for them and they are always welcome here.”

Darryl Francis, Senior Youth Advocate said, “I thank Senator Murphy for the grant and Mayor Rainey for his continued support. It gives us all a sense of accomplishment knowing we’ve created a place the kids can be proud of.”

Valhalla, NY – This past May, Governor Andrew Cuomo granted conditional pardons to more than 24,000 criminals, including a number of dangerous level 3 sexual offenders. The controversial move allows them to vote in today’s election primaries along with other ruthless felons like Herman Bell, who ambushed and murdered two police officers in 1971 and was paroled in April. Worried that a deviant level 3 sexual offender registered to vote at the Hawthorne Elementary School would show up to vote there, concerned parents inundated Senator Murphy’s office with calls looking for answers.

Standing in the lobby of the Mt. Pleasant Police Station on September 12th, Senator Murphy, supported by a group of elected officials, members of law enforcement and anxious parents, offered answers and shared his own concerns.

“New York State has left our local schools, law enforcement and municipalities in the dark,” said Senator Murphy. “There has been zero communication from any state agencies, leaving school officials, local police and local government grappling with how to handle a potentially dangerous situation. We have a level 3 offender who raped a five-year-old, being allowed to vote in an elementary school. Yes, a parole officer has to be with a sex offender, but there too many unanswered questions. Is he meeting the parole officer there? Is he waiting at the school? Does the parole officer escort him off school property? How do we know he won’t return? This current situation is unacceptable.”

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne added, “This was done by executive order and without any consent or debate by the legislature. It’s insane to think we would allow a violent sexual predator to simply walk into one of our schools in the presence of children. The lack of communication has put teachers, children and staff at schools in jeopardy.”

“Public safety has always been our top priority,” said Mt. Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi. “No one was notified. It would have made more sense to bring people together to discuss the Governor’s intentions rather than allowing him to issue conditional pardons that will allow sex offenders access to children.”

Westchester County Board of Elections Commissioner Douglas Colety commented, “We are concerned that this Governor is more interested in protecting felons than our children. We have put together a legislative agenda package requesting that all schools be closed on Election Day. This legislation will help keep children safe from predators.”

“Over two hundred felons that were set free have already had their paroles revoked,” noted Putnam County Board of Elections Commissioner Anthony Scannapieco. “This has been a poorly planned move from the beginning, and it will only get worse at the expense of innocent children and their families.”

Lakeland School Superintendent George Stone said, “We’ve been saying for quite some time that public gatherings and school children don’t mix. We’re dealing with people who have shown they don’t follow by the rules. A sex offender has to ask and be granted permission to come into one of our schools. So far, no one has asked.”

“We’re going to be proactive and make sure this danger is dealt with properly,” said Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Paul Oliva. “We’re going to station officers in each school, including between the hours of 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. when registered sex offenders have been directed to vote.”

“We want to make sure our polling places and our children are safe,” Senator Murphy concluded. “If we had this debate in the legislation in the first place, we wouldn’t be standing here now.”

Also standing in support with Senator Murphy were Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble and Mt. Pleasant Town Councilman Anthony Amiano.

HAWTHORNE, NY – LiUNA, which represents more than 40,000 members of New York State Laborers and the Mason Tenders District Council formally endorsed the re-election bid of New York State Senator Terrence Murphy on Monday. LiUNA consists of workers who are highly skilled, trained and experienced in all aspects of infrastructure development including roads, bridges, water treatment plants, aqueducts, dams, sewer drainage and natural gas pipelines.

Since taking office in 2015 State Senator Terrence Murphy has been a staunch advocate for state investment in New York’s crumbling infrastructure. In 2018 alone Murphy voted in favor of a state budget that included nearly $14 million in funding to help local municipalities repair roadways after another tough winter.

State Senator Terrence Murphy accepted the endorsement saying, “When members of LiUNA are working that means New York is working. Residents in Westchester and the Hudson Valley pay among the highest property taxes in the nation but our infrastructure does not reflect that. New York should be investing more in maintaining and advancing our infrastructure needs to reflect a 21st Century society. That also means more jobs for the hard working people of LiUNA who have a skillset unlike another other. I thank them for their support and look forward to our continued work together.”

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John Hutchings, Executive Director of LiUNA said, “The hard-working men and women of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) officially endorse Senator Murphy’s candidacy for New York State Senate. Our endorsement reflects Senator Murphy’s support of workers and their families.”

Anthony Ascenceo, Business Manager of Laborers’ Union Local 60 added, “We proudly endorse Senator Murphy’s re-election campaign. He has been an unwavering advocate for the hard working men and women of the 40th Senate District and New York State. Senator Murphy understands that by investing in our infrastructure means safer roads, bridges and clean water, and not to mention good paying jobs. He has been a true leader in Albany working on both sides of the aisle and we look forward to our continued partnership together.”

Senator Murphy approved a record $2.5 billion investment in clean water initiatives for New York State. In addition, he supported a $1.2 billion tunneling project by DEP in Westchester County, delivered $55.2 million to repair and repave 23 miles of Interstate 684, $4.4 million for improvements along 15 miles of the Saw Mill River Parkway and $1.7 million to address 5 miles of Route 6 in Carmel.

Senator Murphy has already garnered numerous endorsements including:

  • Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • Asbestos Workers Local 91
  • Boilermakers Local 5
  • Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
  • Bridge & Structural Steel Painters Local 806
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of New York State AFL-CIO
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
  • Civil Service Employees Association of New York State Local 1000
  • Civil Service Employees Association of Westchester County Local 9200
  • Council of Administrators & Supervisors
  • Detectives Endowment Association
  • Elevator Constructors Local 1
  • Empire State Supervisors & Administrators Association
  • Fire Marshal Benevolent Association of Nassau County
  • Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO
  • IAFF Local 2956 Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters
  • IAFF Local 628 Yonkers Fire
  • IBEW Electrical Workers Local 3
  • IBEW Electrical Workers Local 363
  • IBEW Electrical Workers Local 363
  • Iron Workers Local 40
  • Iron Workers Local 417
  • Ironworkers Local 197 Derrickmen and Riggers
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 137
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 15
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 30
  • IUPAT Local 262 Operative Plasterers
  • IUPAT Local 7 Title, Marble & Terrazzo
  • IUPAT Local 8A-28A Metal Polishers
  • IUPAT Local Union 1087 Glaziers
  • IUPAT Painters District Council 9
  • LiUNA Local 235 Building Laborers
  • LiUNA Local 60 Road Laborers
  • LiUNA Local 669 Road Sprinkler Fitters
  • Mason Tenders District Council Of Greater New York & Long Island
  • Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
  • MTA Police Benevolent Association
  • Nassau County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association Inc.
  • Nassau County Police Medic Association Inc.
  • Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association
  • New York City Uniformed Fire Officers Local 854 AFL-CIO
  • New York State AFL-CIO
  • New York State Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers
  • New York State Laborers Union
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York State Pipe Trades Association
  • New York State Public Employees Federation
  • New York State Troopers PBA
  • Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Painters District Council 9
  • Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
  • PBA of NYS
  • Police Conference of New York
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 JATC
  • Suffolk County Correction Officers Association
  • Supreme Court Officers Association
  • Teamsters Joint Council 16
  • Teamsters Local 456
  • Teamsters Local 813
  • Teamsters Local 814
  • UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
  • UBC Millwright & Machinery Erectors Local Union 740
  • UBCJA Local 1456 Dockbuilders
  • UBCJA Local 2287 Resilient Floor Coverers
  • UFA of Greater New York (FDNY) Local 94 IAFF
  • Unfiromed EMS Officers Union, L ocal 3621 – FDNY
  • Uniformed EMT’s, Paramedics and Inspectors Local 2507 FDNY
  • Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatcers Benevolent Association FDNY
  • United Cement Masons Union Local 780
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 8
  • Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
  • Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association
  • Westchester County Correction Superior Officers Benevolent Association
  • Westchester County PBA
  • Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO
  • Yonkers PBA

Pulled Woman and Her Beloved Pet From a Burning Car

Yorktown, NY – NYPD Police Officer James Talbert doesn’t call himself a hero. Talbert, who pulled a woman and her beloved Yorkshire Terrier from her burning car, credits his instincts with inspiring him to act. But everyone else, particularly his proud family, was awed by his quick-thinking, selfless lifesaving act.

In July, while driving to his home in Mahopac from a friend’s house, Officer Talbert saw a vehicle overturned and on fire on the Taconic Parkway. Punching out the sunroof, he pulled a 59-year-old woman to safety. At the woman’s request, he ran back to free her Yorkshire Terrier.

In recognition of his bravery, Senator Terrence Murphy presented Talbert with a New York State Liberty Medal at a ceremony held at the Yorktown Town Hall on September 12. The Liberty Medal is one of the highest civilian honors a New Yorker can receive.

“Presenting this award to Officer Talbert is one of those moments in politics that is a pleasure,” said Senator Murphy. “He has one of the toughest jobs there is. He disregarded his own safety to help someone else. Even when he was off duty, he was still doing his job. What Officer Talbert did was literally save someone’s life.”

“I want to thank my fellow officers and family for their support,” said Talbert. “I’m sure anyone who found themselves in the same position would do what I did. My training kicked in when I saw the overturned car. When I pulled the woman out, she was semi-conscious and startled, but was all right. She was yelling for ‘her baby,” so I didn’t hesitate to go back in and get her dog.”

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2018 Talbert Liberty Medal
Officer Talbert’s fellow NYPD members joined Senator Terrence Murphy & Assemblyman Kevin Byrne at the presentation ceremony.

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, a former volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, spoke of the dangers associated with responding to an accident. “It can be very difficult and dangerous to deal with a car fire. The word ‘hero’ is often overused in politics. That’s not the case with Officer Talbert. He’s absolutely a hero.”

Yorktown Town Councilman Ed Lachterman added, “When is Officer Talbert joining our department? Officer Talbert is the type of Police Officer that would make any Police Department proud. All joking aside, our Police Department is filled with great officers. Like Officer Talbert, they know how to respond to emergency situations.”

Among the guests attending the ceremony were Talbert’s fellow NYPD members including Sergeant Sergio De La Mota and Police Officers Ryan Sheehan, Amir Cepeda, Michael Derosa and Kevin Navarro. His proud family members and friends on hand included his parents, Tim and Robin, his brother, Jake, grandparents, Ginger and Bill, his uncle, Matt, his girlfriend Brittney Bennett, and his friend, Kim Bennett.

The New York State Liberty Medal is given to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers. Senator Murphy presented Lewisboro resident Riley DeJong with a Liberty Medal in May 2015 at his annual Women of Distinction Ceremony. Riley, a certified EMT was recognized for coming to the aid of injured passengers at the scene of the Metro North Train Crash in Valhalla on February 3, 2015. In July 2016, Michelle Margilaj, a bartender at Il Laghetto Restaurant in Mahopac, was awarded a Liberty Medal for rescuing an 8-year-old boy from drowning in Lake Mahopac. In December 2016, Senator Murphy presented then 19-year-old student, Cullen Malzo, with a Liberty Medal. Malzo had rescued two teenaged girls from an overturned car that had skidded into Lake Mahopac.