SANDS POINT POLICE
26 TIBBITS LANE SANDS POINT, NY 11050
516-883-3100 Fax: 516-883-8164
The Passing of Marc J. Silbert
June 8, 2019
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Village Trustee Marc J. Silbert yesterday. Please join family and friends to celebrate his life at a Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 11th at 1:30 pm at the Community Synagogue (160 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point). Immediately following the service, Shiva will be observed at the Village Club Mansion until 8:00 pm.
Marc’s commitment to the residents of Sands Point was exemplary. After serving as president of the Sands Point Civic Association, he was appointed to the the Board of Zoning Appeals before becoming a Village Trustee in 2001. As a Trustee, he served as Building Commissioner for ten years and Chief Police Commissioner for the past eight years. Marc was the Village’s Emergency Management Administrator and Deputy Commissioner of the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management.
We extend our sympathy and condolences to his wife Peggy, sons Ryan and Adam and their family.
Ed Adler, Mayor
for the Board of Trustees
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
MARCH 27, 2019
On March 27, 2019 the annual Memorial Day Parade was held in Port Washington. The parade route began on Campus Drive, onto Port Washington Boulevard, and west onto Main Street. The parade concluded at Sunset Park with memorial ceremonies held at the Sousa Band Shell.
Left to Right (Front): Sands Point Chief of Police Thomas Ruehle and Port Washington Chief of Police Robert DelMuro
Left to Right (Rear): PWPD Assistant Chief Kevin McCarroll and PWPD Deputy Chief William Zwerlein
JANUARY 31, 2019
On January 31, 2019 the Sands Point Police Department held a promotional ceremony for Chief of Department Thomas Ruehle, Lieutenant Donald Tag, and Sergeant Brian Meadows at the Sands Point Village Club.
Left to Right: Trustee Peter A. Forman, Deputy Mayor Lynn Najman, Chief of Police Thomas Ruehle, Lieutenant Donald Tag, Sergeant Brain Meadows, Trustee Kay Ullman, Police Commissioner Marc Silbert, and Mayor Edward Adler.
Left to Right: Chief of Police Ruehle, Lieutenant Donald Tag, and Sergeant Brian Meadows
CHIEF LERTORA RETIRES
JANUARY 24, 2019
On January 24, 2019 Chief Lertora retired from the Sands Point Police Department. Chief Lertora served the Village of Sands Point for 37 years and as Chief of Department since 2015. The Sands Point Police wishes Chief Lertora the best in his retirement.
Left to Right: Lieutenant Thomas Ruehle and Chief of Police Richard Lertora
DECEMBER 4, 2018
On December 4, 2018 the Sands Point Police Department held a promotional ceremony for Joe Spinosa. Officer Spinosa was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Additionally, the department swore in our newest member, Officer Aponte. Officer Aponte previously served with the Port Authority Police Department for one year and the New York City Police Department for three years. Picured below, left to right: Lt. Thomas Ruehle, Officer Aponte, Sergeant Spinosa, Police Commissioner Marc Silbert, Mayor Edward Adler, and Chief Richard Lertora.
Left to Right: Lieutenant Ruehle, Officer Aponte, Sergeant Spinosa, Police Commissioner Marc Silbert, Mayor Edward Adler, and Police Chief Lertora
SERGEANT HOWES RETIRES
DECEMBER 1, 2018
On December 1, 2018 Sergeant Howes retired from the Sands Point Police Department. The Sands Point Police Department wishes Sgt Christina Howes a long and happy retirement.
Left to Right: Officer Zith, Sergeant Howes and Police Chief Lertora
NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
OCTOBER 27, 2018
10am - 4pm
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The local collection site is available at the Sands Point Police Headquarters from 10am-4pm on Saturday October 27th, 2018.
A MESSAGE FROM CHIEF RUEHLE
School is Open - Drive Carefully
Help Us Reduce Child Injuries!
The greatest threat children face today is motor
vehicle crashes. While walking, cycling or as a
passenger in a motor vehicle, these crashes are
the leading cause of death for children ages 3
The problem escalates during the months kids are in school. Kids are vulnerable for several reasons:
They are small and less visible to motorists
It is more difficult for children to judge traffic situations, because their peripheral vision is one-third narrower than an adult’s
Children do not always possess the capability to make sound judgements
Children can easily be distracted, especially when around other kids
In short, kids are not adults – and its up to drivers to compensate for these differences
SCHOOLS OPEN CAMPAIGN
To help protect children, the Sands Point Police Department urges motorists to follow these safety tips:
Slow down near schools and in residential areas
Drive with your headlights on – even during the day – so children and other drivers can see you
Look for clues such as AAA School Safety Patrollers, bicycles, and playgrounds that indicate children should be in the area
Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs of children
Practice extra caution in bad weather
Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students
NATIONAL SEATBELT ENFORCEMENT MOBILIZATION
The 2018 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 21 - June 3, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies across the country to remind everyone to buckle up.
The annual Click It or Ticket national high-visibility enforcement campaign supports law enforcement’s efforts to increase seat belt use and prevent crash fatalities. Mandatory seat belt laws are in effect in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories.
NHTSA data shows there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States in 2016. If all passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved.
SERGEANT BOROWSKI PROMOTION
On July 11, 2017 Officer Borowski was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Borowski has been serving the Village of Sands Point as a Police Officer for the past 11 years. Picured below, left to right: Lt. Thomas Ruehle, Police Commissioner Marc Silbert, Mayor Edward Adler, Sergeant Borowski, Trustee Kay Ullman, and Chief Richard Lertora.
SERGEANT WALL PROMOTION
On April 13, 2017 Officer Wall was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, sworn in by Police Commissioner Marc Silbert (bottom left). Sergeant Wall has been serving the Village of Sands Point since May of 2011 and previously worked as a Police Officer with the Old Brookville Police Department. Also attending the ceremony (picured left to right) Lt. Thomas Ruehle, Chief Richard Lertora, Sergeant Wall, Trustee Kay Ullman, and Commissioner Marc Silbert.
SERGEANT POLLA RETIRES
On January 23, 2017 Sergeant Polla retired from the Sands Point Police Department. He was presented with a plaque from Chief Lertora stating: "In grateful appreciation for your years of outstanding service and dedication to the Sands Point Police Department and the citizens of the Village of Sands Point." Sgt. Polla served the Village for 27 years having previously worked for the New York City Police Department for four years.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE FORCE
On December 19, 2016 the Sands Point Police Department swore in its two newest members of the Force. Officer Keinath is a three year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department after having served for six years with the U.S. Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Unit. Officer Nolan is a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and will be attending the Westchester Police Academy beginning in January.
2016 DEPARTMENT AWARDS
On December 15, 2016 the Sands Point Police Department held an awards ceremony honoring eight members of the department for meritorious actions in the line of duty.
CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION
Officer Zith was awarded the Certificate of Commendation for his performance in removing a civilian from a fully involved car fire. The Officer extricated the semi-conscious victim from the driver's seat to safety. The victim survived with minimal injuries.
LIFE SAVING AWARD
Officer Spinosa was awarded the Life Saving Award in rescuing a woman who has succumbed to exercise-induced anaphylaxis. The Officer deployed the victim's Epi-Pen helping reverse the effects of her ailment prior to EMS arrival.
Officers Buettner and Grassini were awarded the Life Saving Award in performing CPR on a man who had ceased breathing and had no pulse. The man regained a pulse prior to EMS arrival and was able to recover.
EXCELLENT POLICE DUTY
Officers Cancellarich and Wall were cited for Excellent Police Duty for their actions in evacuating two residents from their home during a house fire.
Officer Iaconnetti was cited for Excellent Police Duty in the chase and apprehension of an individual convicted of Felony DWI.
Officer Schindlar was cited for Excellent Police Duty in the securing the scene of an automobile accident and concurrent medical emergency on the Long Island Expressway while off-duty.
Left to Right: Police Commissioner Marc Silbert, Officer Cancellarich, Mayor Edward Adler, Officer Wall, and Police Chief Lertora
Left to Right: Police Commissioner Marc Silbert, Officer Grassini, Mayor Edward Adler, Officer Buettner, and Police Chief Lertora
Left to Right: Police Commissioner Marc Silbert, Mayor Edward Adler, Officer Iaconetti, and Police Chief Lertora
SNYPJOA OFFICER OF THE YEAR
On September 8, 2016 the State of New York Police Juvenile Officers Association awarded Sands Point Police Lieutenant Thomas Ruehle the officer of the year award at their annual conference in Lake Geneva, NY.
NASSAU COUNTY POLICE AND FIRE RALLY
On July 24th, 2016 County and Village Police Departments of Nassau County and the Nassau County Fire Service held a joint rally to support Law Enforcement at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY. The event was attended by County Executive Edward P. Mangano (Pictured Bottom Left) and hundreds of uniformed members.
“I’m so honored to be joined by Nassau’s firefighters and EMS workers as we unite to show support for our ‘boys in blue’,” said County Executive Mangano. “With all the tragedies that have befallen our country recently, our police officers are the first line in maintaining order, safety and security. Now, more than ever, they need our support so that they can continue to protect Nassau’s residents to the best of their abilities.”