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Oct. 25, 2007

River Patrols Keep Hudson Valley Safe
Bridge Authority Honors Eleven for Service

Highland, NY – In a brief ceremony, the NYS Bridge Authority today honored seven Sheriffs, the City of Newburgh and state and military River Patrols for their protection of maritime assets.

“These agencies combine to provide outstanding service to Hudson River communities from Rockland County to the Catskills,” Authority Chairman James P. Sproat said.  “They patrol the rivers, protect our bridges and make sure our communities are safe and secure.”

Honored were:

Captain Robert O'Brien, Jr. - United States Coast Guard
Major Edward Raso - New York State Police Marine Unit
Major Kenneth J. Rogers, New York State Police Aviation Unit
Colonel Gregory Stewart - New York State Park Police
Sheriff David Harrison Jr. - Columbia County Sheriff’s River Patrol
Sheriff Adrian "Butch" Anderson - Dutchess County Sheriff’s River Patrol
Sheriff Richard Hussey - Greene County Sheriff’s River Patrol
Sheriff Carl Dubois - Orange County Sheriff’s River Patrol
Sheriff Donald Smith - Putnam County Sheriff’s River Patrol
Sheriff James Kralik - Rockland County Sheriff’s River Patrol
Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum - Ulster County Sheriff’s River Patrol
Chief of Police Eric Paolilli - City of Newburgh Marine Unit

Authority Executive Director George Sinnott said “Coordination between the Coast Guard, state and local police agencies is excellent.  The vigilance of these leaders and their departments is a true testament to their professionalism and the invaluable service they provide.”

USCG

Sinnott presents

“ Executive Director George Sinnott honors the US Coast Guard and Law Enforcement throughout the Hudson Valley”

The citation recognized the officers and their units for “protecting the critical infrastructure and maritime assets of the NYS Bridge Authority and the People of the State of New York”.

Quick Facts about the New York State Bridge Authority

  • The NYS Bridge Authority operates the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle bridges.       
  • The Authority is funded from bridge tolls and receives no tax monies for bridge maintenance and operation.
  • The Authority holds the highest bond rating given any public toll-transportation entity in the United States, reducing bond and annual costs.
  • The $1 passenger vehicle toll for east-bound passage on all Authority bridges is among the lowest nationwide for self-supporting transportation agencies (there is no toll for west-bound passage).
  • Tolls today are actually lower, in real dollars, than they were in 1933 when the Authority began operations.
  • Accidents on Authority bridges in 2006 were among the lowest in recent history, resulting in one accident for every 343,000 crossings.