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November 9, 2013

OPD reaching out through social media

Denise Richardson
The Daily Star

---- — The Oneonta Police Department is reporting news and reaching out to the community through more social media avenues.

Police Chief Dennis Nayor recently posted a message on YouTube. The department’s Facebook and website offer other information, including updates on recent training and officer accomplishments, and some reports are illustrated with photographs.

Officers Anthony Capristo and Officer David Schulte graduated Nov. 1 from the Broome County Law Enforcement Academy. They spent eight months in training and received more than 1,200 hours of academy instruction. They are completing their field training, after which time, they will be released for solo assignment, the department site said.

Also, on Oct. 8, Scott Sheldon was sworn in as Oneonta’s newest police officer.

To check Nayor’s message, visit The department’s website is at


The State University College of Technology at Delhi is offering an online baccalaureate degree program in criminal justice and is accepting applications now for the spring semester.

This program is the first online criminal justice Bachelor of Science degree to be introduced within the SUNY system, a media release from SUNY Delhi said. The program is available to transfer students with associate’s degrees in criminal justice or a related field, and students may study full- or part-time.

Graduates will be prepared to enter employment or graduate study in the areas of criminal justice, public safety, criminal investigation, private security, political science or law. Course areas include administration of justice, corrections, criminology theory, law adjudication, law enforcement and research and analytical methods.

Faculty members include Associate Professor Scott Swayze, who has served in law enforcement for several years; Patricia DeAngelis, assistant professor of criminal justice for SUNY Delhi and former Rensselaer County district attorney; and Assistant Professor Paul Rogan, who has extensive experience practicing law in many state and local courts.


The State University College of Agriculture and Technology is further promoting support and recognition of veterans — with a dinner Monday and also through a scholarship program.

Thomas Cronin, associate professor in the department of natural sciences and mathematics, has established an endowment with an initial donation of $10,000 in memory of his father, Thomas J. Cronin Jr.

The gift will support the Thomas J. Cronin Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which will benefit a returning male veteran of the military who has not completed his education. Cronin’s father attended Tufts University after serving in the Army as an air traffic controller during World War II and was motivated to excel at college after his time in the military, a release from the college said.

The scholarship recipient will be highly motivated as a result of his military and life experiences and understand the importance of academic achievement, according to the release. Candidates pursuing degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, geology, astronomy or mathematics will be given preference, particularly those in the biotechnology programs or someone who has expressed interest in pursuing a professional or teaching career in chemistry.

On Monday, veterans are invited to dinner on Veterans Day at SUNY Cobleskill in the Bouck Ballroom on campus from 5 to 7 p.m.

Veterans may dine free of charge, and the cost of the buffet-style pasta dinner for others will be $5. Proceeds will be donated to Wounded Warrior, a notice from the college said.

The event is made possible through the efforts of the SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Program, Student Veterans Association and the Community Service Club and is to express appreciation to veterans for their service to the country, organizers said.

Denise Richardson, staff writer, may be reached at (607) 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext., 213.