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Local law enforcement agencies receive patrol vessels to enhance safe boating

ALBANY – Six new Brunswick "Justice" Patrol Boats have been assigned to State and local law enforcement agencies across New York. The watercraft will be used to to assist with marine law enforcement efforts on waterways throughout the State. 

“New York is blessed with an abundance of waterways that offer unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation – and by increasing the presence of law enforcement agencies on the water we are ensuring that they continue to be as safe as they are enjoyable,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “These patrol boats help local organizations across the State maintain order on the waters in and around their communities. I am pleased that the State was able to provide these resources to our local partners, and I encourage all New Yorkers to get out and have a safe and enjoyable time on the water this year.”

"Tourists and residents alike enjoy New York State for its plentiful lakes, rivers and coastal waters, which provide many spectacular and diverse places for boating and fishing," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "And with so many boaters taking advantage of these great destinations, it is crucial that the State supports local law enforcement efforts to help keep boaters safe, and ensure a fun and enjoyable experience on the water."

This year's patrol vessels were assigned to the Columbia County Sheriff's Department, the Long Island municipalities of Hempstead and Shelter Island along with the New York State Police, the New York State Park Police and the Lake George Park Commission. The vessels, valued at approximately $125,000 each, were made possible through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, which provides funding to the states to assist with recreational boating safety. The primary mission for these vessels will be the safety of recreational boaters and enforcement of New York State Navigation Laws.

The State has allocated a total of $2.1 million this year to defray the costs of marine safety efforts for 53 law enforcement agencies across New York. Since 1959, New York State has supported boater safety through financial assistance in support of marine law enforcement patrols.

The State Parks Marine Service Unit is responsible for the general coordination of boating safety programs and supports marine law enforcement efforts across the State, including patrols, training and funding for local marine enforcement activities. For more information about boating safety – including listings of boating safety courses – and marine recreation in New York State, visit www.nysparks.com/recreation/boating.