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Longtime Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Captain Retires

Jason Lukasiewicz served as volunteer for 23 years

 

Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Captain Jason Lukasiewicz saluted his auxiliary officers for the final time Tuesday night as their commanding officer.  Lukasiewicz retired from the volunteer position he held for 13 years.  He joined the auxiliary police force in 1988 and was elected captain in 1998.

Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan and other department officials joined the Town Board to honor Lukasiewicz at his retirement.

Council member Shirley Lasker said, “Jason, you’re all about what volunteerism is all about in this town.  We owe you a debt of gratitude we can never repay.”

Town Supervisor Alex Gromack said, “ You have led and set such a high standard.”

Gromack thanked Lukasiewicz for showing how effective the partnership can be between the police department and the auxiliary police.

, whose volunteerism included nine years with the Nanuet Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps, thanked the 30 auxiliary officers.

“It is so easy doing the job I do when you have a group like this,” he said.  “I’m going to miss my crew.”

Lukasiewicz encouraged others to volunteer and help their community.  He said after the events of September 11 he heard a lot of people say, “I wish there was something I could do.”  The West Nyack resident said there is something they can do: volunteer for the police department, fire department, and ambulance corps.

Lieutenant Darryl Draper was elected the auxiliary’s new captain.  The Congers resident joined the organization 14 years ago.  He explained the auxiliary’s responsibility is working community policing details to provide traffic and crowd control during parades and at school and holiday events.

Draper said the auxiliary members come from varied backgrounds and include a doctor and school administrator.  The 30 volunteers have worked 5,000 hours over the course of a year. 

“We are one of the most active departments in the county if not the most active,” Draper said.   

 

Mike Hirsch December 14, 2011 at 05:07 PM
We all owe a big thank you to Mr Lukasiewicz and the other members of the Auxiliary Police. 5,000 hours x $75/hr (average CPD pay not including benefits, which probably add close to another $40/hr) = $375,000/ year (or $575,000 if you include benefits). This is money that the citizens don't have to pay in taxes because of these volunteers. I have been pushing the Town Board to expand this program very significantly for over a year now without any serious response. 5,000 hours/30 volunteers = 3+ hours/week each. I would like to see the program expanded to 100 volunteers as a start. We could give the volunteers a property tax credit of $15/hr up to a maximum of $5,000/yr, or the full value of their property taxes, whichever is lower, These volunteers could take over some desk duties of some of the CPD officers. If we can save 20,000 hours/year, that translates into about $2,000,000 (Difference between PBA average cost of $115/hr and volunteer cost of $15/hr).
hardtimes December 15, 2011 at 02:37 PM
i worked for nys for 30 years.when times where bad and good during the last 20 years i beleive we receivedat least 10 - 00contacts We pay 27%0f our health package.WE still live a decent life.but in the county with the police having binding arbitration-making cartoon salaries.guys you say you took the job to protect and severve,not to become millionaires.i appreciate the work you do,but please stop looking to rape this county. i know all about your chief with a$ 350,000 PENSION TAX FREE LIVING ON HIS YAUGHT IN FLORIDA.AND A HELL OF ALOT MORE.AND THIS APPLYS TO MOST COUNTY WORKERS.YOU BETTER CHANGE THES CICIL SERVICE LAWS AS FAST AS YOU CAN OR MOST ROCKLANDERS WILL HAVE TO MOVE TO POOR NEIGHBOORHOODS WHERE I GUARANTEE YOU WONT BE HAPPY
elaine December 16, 2011 at 06:29 AM
i never knew that there were volunteer auxiliary police! we all owe you a debt of gratitude for all that you do. thanks.

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