ONONDAGA COUNTY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD
TO HOST 29TH ANNUAL RECOGNITION CEREMONY
The Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board will host their 29th Annual Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Lakeside Fire Department, 1002 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon and guest speaker, Honorable David Gideon, Town of DeWitt Justice. The recognition ceremony will immediately follow Judge Gideon’s remarks at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Each year the Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board recognizes those individuals or organizations that have contributed to the goal of the Traffic Safety Advisory Board: to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities related to motor vehicle crashes.
The ceremony features the presentation of awards. The awards include the Norma Coburn Traffic Safety Community Service Award presented annually to an individual or organization that made a significant contribution to reducing fatalities and serious injuries related to motor vehicle crashes. The Gerald E. Deitz Traffic Safety Individual Service Award recognizes professional individuals in the community who have made a difference in the traffic safety field. The John H. Mulroy Traffic Safety Government Service Award is bestowed upon a governmental agency or individual that has dedicated themselves to making the roads safer in Onondaga County. In addition, the Nicholas J. Pirro Chairperson’s Awards will be presented.
Again this year, the County’s STOP DWI Program will present an award to a local organization based upon their efforts to STOP DWI. Awards for Aggressive Criminal Enforcement efforts will also be presented during the ceremony. Officers will be recognized for their efforts regarding Impaired Driver Enforcement, Occupant Restraint, Speed Enforcement and the Move Over Law Enforcement from both small and large police agencies.
For the last 29 years, the Traffic Safety Advisory Board has honored community leaders in traffic safety with the Norma H. Coburn Traffic Safety Community Service Award. The Coburn Award recognizes an organization or individual for their outstanding achievement in traffic safety. This year’s Coburn Award recipient was Steve Erwin, Clinton’s Ditch Cooperative Company, Inc. Since 1996, the Gerald E. Deitz Individual Safety Service Award has recognized professional individuals in the community who have made a difference in the traffic safety field. This year’s Deitz Award was presented to Michael Johnson, Branch’s Driving School, for his traffic safety efforts. Given since 2000, the John H. Mulroy Traffic Safety Government Service Award is bestowed on a governmental agency or individual that has dedicated themselves to making roads safer in Onondaga County. This year’s Mulroy Award was presented to Officer Mike Goudy, Syracuse Police Department, for his Child Passenger Safety efforts.
In addition to these awards, the top performers from small and large police departments were honored for their efforts in the areas of Impaired Driving Enforcement, Occupant Restraint, and Speed Enforcement during the period of October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. In the small police agency category, Officer Shawn Gwilt, Manlius Police Department, was recognized for issuing 366 speeding citations. Officer Ross Carnie, Town of Manlius Police Department, was recognized for issuing 122 occupant restraint tickets in the reporting period. For the large police agency category, Trooper David Delgado, New York State Police, made 66 DWI/DWAI arrests during the reporting period. Trooper Michael Filippi of the New York State Police was recognized for issuing 582 speeding citations. Lt. Martin Nerber, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, was honored this year for his 40 occupant restraint citations during the reporting period.
The top overall performer from a village police department was Village of Liverpool Police Officer Marcus Lukins. Lukins issued a total of 444 Vehicle and Traffic tickets during the grant year, while working part-time. Trooper Richard Sadowski, New York State Police, was recognized as the top performer from a large police agency. Sadowski issued 1,131 total tickets in the reporting period.
Deputy Karen Munro, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, received the OCTSAB’s Move Over Enforcement Award. Munroe issued 32 move over citations during the reporting period.
The OCTSAB presented Aggressive Criminal Enforcement awards to officers for their efforts that went above and beyond normal vehicle and traffic stops. Town of DeWitt Sgt. Brenton White was recognized for a traffic stop in July 2015 that led to the arrest of two individuals, one for forgery and the other for drugs after discovering credit card forgery items in the car. The Crime Reduction Team (CRT) from the Syracuse Police Department was recognized for their overall traffic efforts that led to the removal of 408 grams of cocaine, 9,515 grams of marijuana, 3,721 grams of heroin, and seizure of $95,000 of drug money from the streets of Syracuse. Additionally, the CRT made 364 felony arrests, 2,130 misdemeanor arrests, 2,121 violation arrests, and the issuance of 7,324 uniform traffic tickets.
The Nicholas J. Pirro Chairperson Award was presented to William McAnelly, recently retired from the Trucking Association of New York.
The Onondaga County District Attorney’s STOP DWI Award was presented to the Luke Liedka, from East Syracuse, for his civic pride efforts in Onondaga County.
Additionally, Patricia Wortley, outgoing Chairperson of the OCTSAB, was recognized for her many years of leadership.
This year’s event was sponsored by Clinton’s Ditch Cooperative Company, Inc., Meyer’s Towing, and Just Donuts.