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Thank You Chief From The Former Mayor (Posted January 16, 2024)

Dear Chief,

On behalf of the entire Village of Tuxedo Park, thank you for your outstanding service and leadership during your tenure as Chief of Police, which included the COVID-19 pandemic. From internal improvements to external enhancements, you and your department of full and part-time officers have strengthened the department's capabilities.

Leading community’s nation-wide, safety and security are why we have enjoyed high real estate values and attracted many new families to Tuxedo Park. For example, community policing, the introduction of the Safe Passage Auto Gate system, cutting-edge CCTV Cameras, and the reinstatement of the police booth vividly exemplifies your dedication to advancing and fortifying our community.

Working closely with you to implement these and other forward-thinking initiatives has been an honor and one of the highlights of my time as Mayor. Please accept our best wishes and gratitude for your positive impact on the Village of Tuxedo Park.

With deepest appreciation,

David McFadden, Mayor (2005-2007, 2017 – 2023)

Village of Tuxedo Park

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Open Letter to The Community of Tuxedo Park: A Heartfelt Tribute to Chief David Conklin's Remarkable Legacy (Posted 1/14/24)

Open Letter to the Community of Tuxedo Park

A Heartfelt Tribute to Chief David Conklin's Remarkable Legacy

Dear Chief David Conklin,

As you embark on a well-deserved retirement, I am compelled to express my deepest gratitude for your unwavering commitment and exceptional leadership during your tenure as Chief of Police for the Village of Tuxedo Park.

Throughout the past four years, under your guidance and with the steadfast support of the former Mayor and Trustees, you have not only steered the police department through a transformative journey but also elevated it to new heights of professionalism and efficiency. Your dedication to modernizing every aspect of the department has left an indelible mark, creating a cohesive and high-functioning unit with morale and efficiency at its core.

Your vision and strategic initiatives have established a 24-hour police department staffed by a team of New York State-certified and highly trained Police Officers. This accomplishment ensures that the residents of Tuxedo Park can rest assured that they are protected by the best-in-class professionals dedicated to safeguarding life and property.

Your outstanding service has not only benefited the department but has also had a profound impact on the community. The legacy you leave behind is one of excellence, integrity, and a commitment to the well-being of the residents you've served.

As you enter this new chapter of your life, I extend my heartfelt thanks and best wishes to you and your family. May your retirement be filled with the joy, fulfillment, and success you brought to the Village of Tuxedo Park.

With deepest respect,

William L Bortnowsky

Retired Chief of Police, Tuxedo Park, NY

[1976 to 2002]

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Village Police Chief David Conklin Tenders Resignation (Posted January 10, 2024)

Dear Tuxedo Park Residents,

I write to inform you that I have tendered my resignation to the Village Board, providing a sixty (60) day notice, with my resignation becoming effective on February 24, 2024. In January 2023, I initially submitted my resignation from the department, effective March 15, 2023, due to my family's relocation to North Carolina. However, in February 2023, the Village Board approached me to reconsider and temporarily oversee the day-to-day operations of the department remotely while they sought a replacement Chief. The delay in finding a successor was primarily due to the Civil Service Police Chief’s exam results, which were not available until September.

Over the past four (4) years as Chief, I am proud to have accomplished various internal improvements, including training and equipping our officers. Collaboratively with the Village Board, we implemented significant external enhancements, reinforcing security measures and increasing protection for our residents. Key achievements include the reinstallation of the police booth, the installation of state-of-the-art CCTV Cameras, and the implementation of the Safe Passage Auto Gate system, replacing the TP Tags. This system, pre-vetting all entries, grants the police department better control over who enters Tuxedo Park, when, and through which gate.  
Additionally, we established a Police Reform Committee, drafted, and adopted a comprehensive Police Reform Plan, introduced revised and new department Policies and Procedures, and emphasized Community Policing and Transparency. 

We strengthened relationships with and worked closely with TPS, the Tuxedo Club and St. Mary’s Church.  We also focused on traffic enforcement, resulting in a substantial increase in traffic stops for speeding and safety violations. Our commitment to public safety extended to the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator and comprehensive CPR training for all officers. 

I would like to highlight an excerpt from Mayor McFadden’s Newsletter dated March 4, 2023, outlining several key accomplishments:

- The department consistently adhered to its budget.
- Overtime expenses were reduced by over 300%.
- Staff turnover was decreased by 100%.
- Increased officer training without impacting the budget.
- Significant strides towards adopting a community policing model.
- Inclusion of enhanced safety features and operations of the new booth.
- Strong public safety record, evidenced by a year-over-year decrease in speeding and vehicle accidents.
- Improved morale within the force.
- Enhanced personnel files and procedures.
- Design, installation, and operation of the new automatic security gates.
- Improved resident accessibility and effective complaint management.
- Strengthened communication with the Board of Trustees and residents.
- Development of content for the police department website and social media.
Moreover, the department introduced various community-oriented initiatives, such as Hope Not Handcuffs, Prescription Drug Disposal, Safe Kids National Child Passenger Safety Seat Program, Project Child Safe (gun safety at home), vacant house checks, and the Police Reform Committee. We successfully secured grants for Bullet Proof Vests and Body Cameras, acquired new Defibrillators, NARCAN® Emergency kits, and established Emergency Alert Protocols for residents in need. 

While serving as Chief of Police in Tuxedo Park, I took great pride in my work. Many of you are aware of my deep family history in Tuxedo Park, and it was truly an honor to continue that legacy. The role was both rewarding and poignant, particularly given that my late brother, Jason, served in the same police department and lost his life in the line of duty on August 21, 1997.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each of you for your unwavering support during my tenure as Chief of Police. It has been a blessing to get to know many of you.

In conclusion, I proudly and respectfully prepare my departure as Chief of Police knowing that all the residents of Tuxedo Park will be safe, secure and well protected, by our experienced, highly trained and fully empowered Police Officers of the Tuxedo Park Police Department. 

Best of Luck To All,

Dave Conklin

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Appreciation for National Police Week 2023 (Posted 5/18/23)

Dear Officers,

As we commemorate National Police Week 2023, I want to express my most profound appreciation and gratitude to the remarkable men and women of the Tuxedo Park Police Force. This week allows us to honor and recognize your daily contributions to our community.

I am also profoundly grateful for the strong partnership between the police force and our community. The trust and mutual respect between our officers and the residents of Tuxedo Park are essential to maintaining a safe and harmonious environment. Your proactive efforts in community outreach, education, and engagement initiatives have fostered a sense of unity and collaboration that many envy.

During National Police Week, we celebrate your accomplishments and recognize the sacrifices you and your families make to keep us safe. Your commitment to service extends far beyond the call of duty, and we are forever indebted to you for the sacrifices you make on behalf of our community.

On behalf of the entire village, I extend my heartfelt thanks to each of you. Your unwavering dedication, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to the values of justice and community make us proud to have you as our protectors. As we express our gratitude this week, please know that all recognize, appreciate, and cherish your efforts.

Thank you for your service, and may you continue to find strength and inspiration as you carry out your noble mission. Wishing you all a safe and successful National Police Week.


Mayor Mac

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Swearing in of Jacob Goldstein as Village Police Officer (Posted March 16, 2023)

Chief Dave Conklin requested the Village Board's approval to hire Jacob Goldstein as a part-time police officer, effective March 15, 2023, granted at yesterday's meeting.

Mr. Goldstein is currently attending Phase 1 of the Rockland Police Academy, and with his hire, we will be sponsoring him to attend Phase 2 of the police academy. Upon completion of Phase 2, Mr. Goldstein will be assigned 160 hours (20  shifts) of Field Training.  Upon completion of Field Training, Mr. Goldstein will be a certified police officer and begin working in the Village. Before joining our Police Department, you may have met Jacob last summer at the Wee Wah Park & Beach Club, where he was the on-site manager.

Congratulations Jacob. It is good to have you on board.

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Village Chief of Police Moves On (Posted 3/4/23)

On Saturday, March 4 Village Mayor David McFadden announced to the community via email that Chief of Police David Conklin would be relocating to North Carolina and will be leaving his post effective March 16.


Village Police Chief Dave Conklin and his family are moving to North Carolina, a move he delayed 3-years ago to take his position here. I am sad to see him go, as are the Trustees and many of you.

The journey to find a new Chief, which began several months ago, can be challenging. The Chief will continue to manage the Police Department until we find his replacement by using Zoom and monthly visits. While this is not a permanent solution, we greatly appreciate his willingness to help us during the transition.

The Chief accomplished many things during his tenure. Here are several I would like to highlight:

  • The department stayed within budget each year
  • Overtime expenses were lowered by over 300%
  • Staff turnover reduced by 100%
  • Increased officer training with zero impact on the budget
  • Significant strides in moving Tuxedo Park toward a community policing model
  • Participated in the inclusion of enhanced safety features and operations of the new booth
  • Strong Public Safety record including the year-over-year decrease in speeding and vehicle accidents
  • Improved morale in the force
  • Enhanced personnel files and procedures
  • Design, Installation, and operation of the new automatic security gates
  • Practical resident accessibility and complaint management and resolution
  • Greatly enhanced communications with the Board of Trustees and residents
  • Developed content for the police department web page and social media

The department brought us the following:

  • Hope Not Handcuffs
  • Prescription Drug Disposal
  • Safe Kids National Child Passenger Safety Seat Program
  • Project ChildSafe (gun safety at home)
  • Police Reform Committee
  • Grants for Bullet Proof Vests and Body Cameras
  • New Defibrillators
  • NARCAN® Emergency kits
  • Emergency Alert Protocols for residents in need

The Chief’s last day is Thursday, March 16, 2023. Please join the Trustees and me in thanking the Chief for doing a tremendous job building our Police Department.

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Village No Solicitation List (Posted February 2, 2023)

The Village Police Department would like to take this moment to update our No Solicitation List, which a prior Village Board approved. This applies to limiting unannounced and unapproved solicitations at your doorstep.

The list does not reflect changes to home ownership and requires the new owner's consideration, as well as owners who wish to submit the form for the first time. If you are on the list and are not a new owner, there is no need to resubmit the form. Completed Forms may be sent to the Police Department of Village office.

Please download the No Solicitation Form & List from the Village website by clicking here

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Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department Annual Report for 2022 (Posted 1/9/23)

Click here to read the report

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Safe Kids National Child Passenger Safety Seat Program (PostedJuly, 2022)

I am pleased to announce that the Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department is now part of the Safe Kids National Child Passenger Safety Seat Program. This is a free service that we are offering to our residents to help keep children as safe as possible while riding in your vehicle.

One of our police officers recently attended a week-long training course and became certified as a Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician. His certification included inspecting already installed car seats, properly installing your car seat(s), recommending the safest location to install the car seat depending on the make and model of your vehicle, recommendations of the safest car seats on the market and he has an extensive list of car seats that have been recalled. Make an appointment to have your child’s seat inspected and installed properly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the following statistics related to child passenger safety seats:

  • On average, three children are killed and an estimated 487 are injured every day in the U.S. in traffic crashes.

  • When the driver is buckled, children are restrained 92% of the time.

  • When the driver is unbuckled, children are restrained about 68% of the time.

  • Car seats decrease the risk of a fatal injury by 71% among infants, and 54%

    among toddlers.

  • Booster seats reduce the risk of nonfatal injuries by 45% among four- to eight-

    year old children when compared to the seat belt alone.6

  • Car seats and booster seats are often used or installed incorrectly. One study

    found that almost 46% of observed car seats and booster seats were misused.

    Misuse increases risk of injury or death.

  • In 2017, it is estimated that 325 children under age five were saved because of

    restraint use. Over the period of 1975 through 2017, 11,606 lives of children under age five have been saved because of child restraint use.

    To have you child passenger safety seat(s) inspected or properly installed, please call me at: 351-4741 or email:


    David Conklin Chief of Police

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Pedestrian and Vehicle Safety in Tuxedo Park (Posted 5/2/22)

Dear Tuxedo Park Residents, the long winter is finally over. More residents enjoy the beautiful outdoors that Tuxedo Park offers with the warmer weather. As a result, we see an increase in pedestrian activity and vehicular traffic.

Our goal is to reduce accidents for motorists and pedestrians throughout Tuxedo Park through enforcement and education.  All drivers know or should know the significant contributors to motor vehicle/pedestrian accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the number one cause of accidents is speeding, distracted driving, and driving while intoxicated.

The speed limit throughout the Village of Tuxedo Park is 30 Miles Per Hour. Most of the roads are narrow and winding and, in many areas, provide limited sight visibility, especially at dusk. Navigating these roads is challenging, even at 30 miles per hour. We recommend that everyone drives slower than 30 Miles per hour at a more reasonable and prudent speed to operate their vehicle safely.

To encourage safer driving, we plan to increase enforcement of speeding and other safety violations by issuing more tickets and giving fewer warnings. From September 21st until now, we have issued 87 warnings and 33 tickets to provide perspective. Seven of those tickets were for speeding. We will take a zero-tolerance approach to gain compliance and ensure the safety of our residents. And remember, you pedestrians play a role, too - Flow against traffic, don't drown out vehicle noise with your headphones, form a single file when vehicles approach, and wear bright clothing.

I will be sharing this safety information with our landscape contractors, vendors, and delivery companies.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Chief Dave Conklin and The Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department.

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Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department Annual Report for 2021 (Posted 1/21/22)

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The Chief Talks Automatic Gate (Posted 11/18/21)

Dear Residents,

Our new Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) system is fully approved and will be in place sometime in December / January.

Last month the board approved the vendor SafePassage and yesterday evening, they allocated the charges. I have jotted down some thoughts that touch on some of the questions I have received. First, I would like to thank the board and community for their support. In return, you will be more secure and enjoy a smoother, more efficient entry into Tuxedo Park. The ALPR system will replace the car tags. The Mayor said yesterday that he suggested plans to offer a commemorative TP Tag for those who get nostalgic over the Tag.

To date, one thousand two hundred residents and two hundred forty-one Non-resident Tags have been issued. Yet many more vehicles than that drive through the gates daily.  Only 41% of non-resident Tuxedo Club Members and 28% Tuxedo Park School employees and members have tags plus the daily contractors. 

The new system will not add additional traffic; it will provide for more controlled access. 

Some problems with the Tag system:

Stickers are switched to different vehicles. Some former residents who have moved from the village and former employees or members of the Tuxedo Club and parents of TPS Students have discontinued their memberships or employment but retained the stickers. 

The new system will allow the Police Department to deactivate entry once someone's business in Tuxedo Park ends.

How does the new system work?

No more stickers or passes.  The vehicle's license plate number will be entered into a Tuxedo Park computer database by the Tuxedo Park Police Department.  This information is not shared with anyone, and no one else would have access to the database.

Residents will NOT be able to enter any license plates into the database; it must go through the police department.

When we enter the license plate into the database, we can set custom parameters:  Main Gate or South Gate Access, time of day that access will be permitted, days of the week access is enabled, and a date range that entry will be allowed.  Residents will have non-restricted access where for example, a TPS Parent would only have access Monday-Friday between 7:00 am - 4:00 pm from September to June.

When a vehicle approaches the gate, a camera will read the license plate. If there is a match of the license plate, day of the week, and times set up in the database, the gate will open, and a permanent record of the date and time of entry is recorded, which will provide valuable historical data.

Benefits of the new system:

  • Security enhanced 
  • Non-residents and contractors will have to provide us with information to include their driver's license.  We will know much more information about the person than we do now.
  • We will be able to pre-vet all non-residents and know who they are.
  • If the gate does not open, then our officers know that the person is not in the system, and they can spend more time with stricter vetting as to their reason for entering Tuxedo Park.
  • Entry will be more efficient for those that are in the system.
  • The new system will remove the human error that sometimes occurs at the booth.
  • We can enter data such as the days of the week, dates, and times permitted access will enhance security.

Let me address some of your common questions:

Q.           Who will be eligible to register for the ALPR?
A.            Residents, non-resident property owners, renters, domestics (guests if the host chooses to sign them up ), TPS parents, teachers and employees, Tuxedo Club members and employees, St. Mary's church members and employees, landscapers, contractors, and seasonal guests including Hamlet members of the Wee Wah Fishing and Boating Club and Hamlet members of the Wee Wah Park and Swimming Club.

Q.           Can I stop at the police booth and talk with the police officer on duty after the new system is operational?
A.            Yes. There is no change in behavior required under the new system.

Q.           What happens if a non-resident violates the law by speeding or another driving infraction? Will the pass be taken away?
A.            No change to the way it is done now. If a non-resident violates any traffic laws observed by a police officer, they are stopped and issued a traffic ticket or warning (Officer's discretion).  Their driving privileges in Tuxedo Park are not revoked and cannot by law be revoked as long as they have legitimate business within Tuxedo Park.

Q.           What if a resident gives a worker a pass and then dismisses that worker? Will the pass be taken away?
A.             ?Residents will not have access to give anyone a "pass," and all entries will go through the police department.  One of the benefits of this system is that we can activate and deactivate as needed, something we cannot do now.

Q.           Can these passes be moved from car to car? What if a worker takes the pass from their work vehicle and transfers it to their vehicle? How will we know?
 A.           There are no passes. It works by the license plate number.  One of the past and current issues with Gate Security is that the TP Stickers have been switched from vehicle to vehicle, and we had no way of knowing.  Also, most Tuxedo Club and Tuxedo School employees and members who have purchased Stickers do not return them when their business is done in the Park.  Some people had given us a hard time when we attempted to get the stickers back because they said they had purchased the sticker and the metal plate, so it is theirs.  This is a legal battle that has not been pursued.  The new system will allow us to deactivate entry.

Q.           There was great concern about too much traffic last year when Wee Wah was discussed. Is there no concern here?
A.            ?Traffic safety is one of mine and the Mayor's top priorities.  The Wee Wah Beach and Fishing Club members will be driving in Tuxedo Park no matter what system we have in place.  The new system will allow us to set time and duration parameters on each license plate we enter.  A Beach Club member will be permitted to use the main gate only and only during the days and times that the Beach Club is in operation.

Q.           Can we be sure that opening this up to non-residents will legally not be held against the village? Can the gated community status be lost?
A.           ?There will be nothing different than it is currently.  Non-Residents drive in Tuxedo Park daily, and an individual's vehicle operation is their responsibility, not the Villages'.  The village cannot be held responsible for the actions of a motorist, whether they are a resident or not.  We will not lose the gated community status. It will just be more secure.

Q.           If a non-resident becomes a club member and leaves membership, will the pass be taken away?
A.            ?Currently, if a non-resident, non-tagged vehicle approaches the gate, the officer asks where the person is going.  If they say they are going to the Tuxedo Club, they are let in.  This new system will require all Tuxedo Club members to enroll annually, and their access will be controlled through the database.  We will know who they are and that they are approved to enter.  If their membership ends, we will deactivate them.

Q.           Are residents able to give a pass to a worker who is only working for a short period, like one month? What happens to the pass after the month?
A.            ?Residents will not be given any passes.  In the case of a short-term worker, the police department will enter their license plate into the system, and after confirming with the resident on the length of time entry is approved, we will activate them and set parameters that they can only enter Monday-Friday between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Village Code on work in the Park). The range of dates will be entered.  So, if you have a worker that will be there for three weeks starting tomorrow through December 10, we would enter those dates in the system, and from December 10 at 4:00 pm, the gate will no longer open for them, which would cause the need for vetting and verifying with you.

?Q.           When a school year ends, will the village collect the passes, or do those people get to continue to have pass entry?
A.            There are no passes. TPS employees and parents will be entered into the system annually, with entry permitted Monday-Friday during school hours and the dates that school is in session.  Once school is closed for the summer, access will not be allowed.

Q.           Can a parent have a substitute pick up their child from school at a moment's notice?
A.            Yes, if the School is notified and the parent asks the police to enter the person's license plate into the system. The system will be set for that pickup date only.

Q.           Do you support this system?
A.           Yes, Wholeheartedly. I have been on the team investigating these new systems from the beginning. I have been fully immersed in the purchasing decision, including talking to community managers who are current customers. This new system is robust and allows access for specific dates and times and entry through Main Gate, South Gate, or either gate.  We will have much more control of entry and will know and pre-vet all non-residents.  This will provide more robust security in the village.  This system will not put any additional vehicles on the streets in Tuxedo Park. It will be the same amount, just more controlled.

Please get in touch with me directly if you still have questions or would like me to clarify anything on my memo.

To register your vehicles, contact Denise at 845-351-4741.

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Village PD Installs Prescription Drug Disposal Box (Posted 6/9/21)

The Tuxedo Park Police Department has installed a prescription drug disposal box where residents can dispose of their leftover, expired or unwanted medication, no questions asked.
The disposal box, which is about the size of a USPS mailbox and designed to securely prevent theft, was provided to our department free of charge by the CVS Health Program through a grant aimed at reducing abuse of prescription drugs.
More often than not, teens and adults who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, sometimes taking them from an unattended medicine cabinet. Keeping an eye on your medication and disposing of it as soon as you no longer need it goes a long way to preventing abuse.
In addition to preventing abuse, disposing of leftover medication in a local drop box prevents accidental poisonings of young children and pets who may go through trash bins, which is one of the most common Poison Control calls. Improper disposal of medications such as disposing in garbage or flushing down the toilet can result in the drugs getting in the wrong hands or going into the water supply.
We are happy to provide this service to our residents and we strongly encourage our residents to use it. Residents can access our Kiosk 24x7 or for residents who are not mobile, we can send an officer to your house to take your unwanted medications and we will dispose of them in the Kiosk.

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Tuxedo Park Police Partner with Hope not Handcuffs (Posted 5/26/21)

The Tuxedo Park Police Department has joined several other police departments in Orange and Rockland Counties to aid those with addiction problems by partnering with the Hope Not Handcuffs initiative. The program is designed to help people with drug or alcohol abuse problems.
This is another resource we are providing to the Tuxedo Park Community. We are going to help them while treating them with respect and compassion when they walk through our door seeking help. Addiction is a chronic disease that is compulsive and very difficult to control.
While Tuxedo Park has very little to no crime and no identified drug problem, any community can have residents who have an addiction regardless of their social or economic status.
In addition, with the Hope Not Handcuffs program and the Criminal Diversion Program through the Orange County District Attorney's Office, we will be using criminal diversion for low-level, non-violent crimes. If a person who commits a low-level crime has a substance abuse addiction and agrees to enter the program, they will be placed in a Treatment and Recovery program in lieu of being arrested and possibly incarcerated.

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Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood? Get To Know The Village Police / Part Time Officers (Part 3 - Posted 5/25/21)

Police Officer Jim Ascione 

Officer Ascione has been a police officer since 1985.  He retired as a full-time officer from this department and immediately began working as a part time officer here.  In addition, he is a full-time realtor with Keller Williams Realty and is their top agent and member if the Keller Williams Agent Leadership Council. 

Officer Ascione became a police officer because he was seeking a rewarding and satisfying career.  He likes to focus on public relations and community policing. 

Police Officer Joe Panzica  

Officer Panzica served 8 years in the United States Navy Reserves.  He obtained an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and was a police officer in the Town of Woodbury for 20 years where he retired.  After retirement Officer Panzica missed putting on his uniform and being part of a team and came to work part-time in Tuxedo Park.  He enjoys community policing and is very approachable and likes to talk to residents.  


Police Officer Johnny Motz 

Officer Motz served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and as a Police Officer with the Village of Harriman Police Department where he retired from after 24 years of service.  Officer Motz was a Field Training Officer, Tactical Response Team Member and he assisted with the NYS Accreditation program. After retirement, Officer Motz wanted to continue to serve and was hired by the Tuxedo Park Police Department as a part time officer. 

Officer Motz grew up with his father being a Police Sergeant.  He thought it was the greatest to see his father in uniform and come home with the police car during his meal breaks.  Officer Motz was often at the police station with his father, had tours of the police station and even went to the firing range with his father.  That is what inspired Officer Motz to be a police officer.  Officer Motz stated that being a police officer is both challenging and rewarding and each day you go to work expecting the unexpected. 

What Officer Motz enjoys about Tuxedo Park is that it is a small community setting. 

Officer Motz is married with four children so during his off time he spends it with them. 


 Police Officer Thomas Bonkowski 

Officer Benjamin graduated from the Rockland Police Academy in 2019 and started his career working part time in Tuxedo Park.  He is also a volunteer fireman in his hometown. 

Officer Benjamin enjoys being a police officer because he likes to help people in their time of need.  What he likes about Tuxedo Park is the small uniqueness of a small village with a connection with the residents. 

When off duty, Officer Benjamin enjoys working on different types of cars and trucks. 


Police Officer Giana Capone 

Officer Capone was hired in Tuxedo Park in late February 2021.  She is a recent graduate from the Rockland Police Academy and is just starting her career.  Officer Capone has several family members in law enforcement and she wants to be able to help people. 

What drew her to Tuxedo Park is the community policing policy and being able to interact with residents. 

When off duty, Officer Capone enjoys going to the gym and making memories with friends and family. 


 Police Officer Ken Sanford

Officer Sanford is known by many residents as he served with the Tuxedo Park Police Department from 2002-2016 as a full-time officer and served as Chief of Police from 2008-2016.  What drew Officer Sanford to tuxedo Park was, he was born and raised in the Town of Tuxedo and wanted to serve his community.  When off duty Ken enjoys spending time with his children.


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Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood? Get To Know The Village Police / Part Time Officers (Part 2 - Posted 5/6/21)

As part of an on-going effort to help Village Residents get to know the officers who serve them, below find bios for four of the Departments' part-time officers.


Police Officer Cliff Ader 
Officer Ader obtained a Masters of Science Degree and a Bachelors of Science Degree.  He joined the NYPD in 1988 and retired there as a Homicide Detective. Officer Ader enjoys working in Tuxedo Park because it is a small and safe community and he has met some interesting people. 
When off duty Officer Ader enjoys bike riding, gardening and spending time with his family.   
Officer Ader would like people to know that he is very friendly and approachable and enjoys talking with others. 

Police Officer Timothy Lowry 
Officer Lowry retired from the Town of Warwick Police Department where he was a police officer for more than 20 years.  He became a police officer because he truly likes to help people. 
Officer Lowry likes working in Tuxedo Park because it is a beautiful area with a lot of history and he enjoys talking to the residents. 
When off duty, Officer Lowry enjoys fishing and riding his motorcycle. 
What Officer Lowry would like people to know about him is that he is always willing and available to help the community. 

Police Officer Eric Johnson 
After graduating Cum Laude from St Thomas Aquinas College with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Officer Johnson attended the Orange County Police Academy.  He served twenty years as a Police Officer and Investigator for the Town of Woodbury Police Department before retiring in 2016.  
His favorite thing about working in Tuxedo Park is that he loves the architecture of the old houses. 
When off duty Officer Johnson enjoys renovating houses and completing DIY projects. 


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Goshen. DA Announces Funding For Body-Worn Cameras for Tuxedo Park Police

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Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood? Get To Know The Village Police / Part Time Officers (Part 1 - Posted 4/5/21)

As part of an on-going effort to help Village Residents get to know the officers who serve them, below find bios for four of the Departments' part-time officers.


Police Officer Tyler Stark 

Officer Stark obtained a Bachelors degree from the University of Buffalo.  He graduated the Rockland Police Academy in 2020 and became a police officer with the Village of Tuxedo Park.   

Officer Stark became a police officer for the sense of teamwork and brotherhood. 

Officer Stark enjoys working for Tuxedo Park because it is a small, tightknit community with the opportunity for community policing and building relationships with residents. 

When off duty Officer Stark enjoys Golf, hunting and coaching ice hockey. 

What Officer Stark would like people to know about him is that he loves playing hockey and is currently on the Rockland County PBA Hockey Team as well as the NYPD Hockey Team. 

Police Officer Ryan Smith 

Officer Smith graduated from the Rockland County Police Academy in 2016. He was awarded the Val Swartwout Memorial Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Care. Officer Smith was appointed as a part time Police Officer with Tuxedo Park Police Department in February of 2017. 

Officer Smith said that he became a police officer because he wanted a career that constantly changes on a daily basis. I wanted a rewarding job that can make a lasting impact on the community I serve. 

One of the best things about working in Tuxedo Park is that he is intrigued by the history of the Park and enjoys the small community where he can get to know the majority of residents. 

When off duty Officer Smith enjoys being outside, specifically fishing and rafting. 

Police Officer Brian Levy 

Officer Levy works 3 jobs which includes owning his own business. He has been in law enforcement for 7 years and EMS for 16 years. In 23 years, he has worked in EMS, Humane Law Enforcement and as a Police Officer.  

His career started in EMS as he always had an interest in helping people. He was in EMS for a total of 16 years. During this time, he interacted with many different public safety agencies which caught his eye on law enforcement as it was another way to help people and this is why today he is a police officer. 

What drew Officer Levy to Tuxedo Park was the uniqueness of this village of being the only gated village in Orange County.  His favorite thing about working here is the community in how close the police department works with the residents and how the residents work closely with the police department.  

When off duty Officer Levy likes to relax and watch movies. 

Police Officer Rodney Krinke 

Officer Krinke began his police career with the New York City Police Department in 1986 and he retired in 2006.  Shortly after retirement he began working as a part time police officer for the Tuxedo Park Police Department.  He enjoys working for a smaller department because it allows for more community-based policing. 

Officer Krinke chose Policing as is profession because he was interested in law and wanted to serve the community. 

When off duty Officer Krinke enjoys camping and woodworking. 


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Get to Know the Village Police (Posted 3/16/21)

When the traffic booth at the Front Gate of the Village went down back in 2017, Village residents lost an important component of community policing in Tuxedo Park in the form of consistent fact-to-face interaction with their police officers.  At the same time, the Village chose to eliminate their traffic guards and hire more part-time police officers, resulting in a somewhat dramatic increase in the number of officers serving the Village.  The Department now employs a total of 23 officers including it’s Chief.  Although they have continued to operate very successfully and with the upmost efficiency from the Keep, the associated loss of direct interaction has created a void of sorts, whereby many of the residents don’t know the officers and many of the officers don’t know the residents.  
It is important for the police to not only be visible in the community but also to know their residents. Strong relationships of mutual trust between police and the community are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing.  With the new Traffic Booth nearing completion, it won’t be long before the officers are once again more visible to residents as they enter the Village and this, combined with several other initiatives laid out in the recent Reform and Reinvention Plan, should go a long way in helping to strengthen community engagement and build these important relationships.  
In the meantime, in an effort to help the community get to know a little bit more about the Officers who serve them, TPFYI will be posting Bios for each officer here on our website.  Please check back regularly as we will add new officer info every couple of weeks.
We will begin with our 3 full-time officers. 

Full Time Police Officers

Chief Dave Conklin
I retired from the Monroe Police Department in 2018 after serving 28 years in law enforcement.  I started my career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and then transferred to the Town of Tuxedo Police Department where I became the Youth Officer and K-9 Officer.  I subsequently left Tuxedo and transferred to the Monroe Police Department where I worked my way through the ranks from Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Lieutenant and ultimately to Chief of Police.  I had a very rewarding and satisfying career as I reached all of the goals I had set out for myself.

When the Chief’s position in Tuxedo Park became vacant, I pursued this opportunity as I have history and roots in the Tuxedo area.  My Father was born and raised in Tuxedo and I still have family who reside in Tuxedo.  In addition, My Great Uncle, Dwight Conklin was Chief of Police with the Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department in the 1950’s-1970’s and my cousin Robert Morrow was a police officer here as well in the 1970’s-1980’s.  My brother Jason, was a police officer here in 1997 and died after a tragic accident while on duty.  More recently my son Jake was a gate guard in the police booth and was on duty the night that it was crashed into.  I feel blessed and honored to be able to carry on my family tradition of serving the fine residents of Tuxedo Park.   When off duty I enjoy spending time outdoors with my grandchildren.

Police Officer Daniel Sutherland
Officer Sutherland obtained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors degree in Management.  He started his police career in 2000 with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office on the Road Patrol.  He then transferred to the Woodridge Police Department for 3 years and left to become a police officer with the Town of Tuxedo Police Department for 4 years and subsequently transferred to the Tuxedo Park Police Department where he have been for almost 9 years now.

“What drew me to Tuxedo Park was that I enjoy the “small town” feel and Community Policing interests me, I enjoy the public relations part of the job most of all”.   

Police Officer Max Sirrine
Officer Sirrine was an Infantryman in the United States Army from 2008-2017.  Upon completion of his military service, Officer Sirrine became a Police Officer with the Tuxedo Park Police Department in July 2017.

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Village Seeks Community Input on Police Reform Plan (Updated 3/2/21)

On June 12, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 203 entitled New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.  Established shortly after the death of George Floyd and the resulting nation-wide protests, the order requires every local government that maintains a police department in the State of New York to conduct a comprehensive review of that department’s use of force, strategies, policies, procedures and practices and to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes these things based on community input. The purpose of the plan is to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, through community engagement as well as to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color where it may exist.  The plan must be adopted by the governing board no later than April 1, 2021 and order authorizes the Director of the Division of the Budget to condition State aid on the adoption of such a plan.
The Governor issued formal guidelines for the process in August.

Many local towns and villages have responded to the order by putting together advisory committees inclusive of government officials, the police, the clergy and various representatives of the community considered to have a stake in policing. Several municipalities have also distributed surveys to their residents in an effort to gauge how they feel about their interactions with the police and where improvements might be needed.  In January, the Village of Tuxedo Park chose to do both.  The committee reviewing police practices consisted of Police Chief David Conklin; Mayor David McFadden; Trustee Chris Kasker; Serena Mueller, Associate Head Tuxedo Park School; Rev. Rick Robyn, St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo Church; Joshua Scherer from the Tuxedo Club, attorney Stewart Rosenwasser and TPFYI Reporter/life-long Village resident, Meg Vaught.
The executive order required that certain topics be reviewed and discussed and that a number of evidence-based policing strategies such as use of force policies, implicit bias awareness training, community-based outreach and conflict resolution, de-escalation training and practices, problem-oriented policing and ttudies addressing systemic racial bias or racial justice in policing be considered.  The Village committee touched on all of these and more also taking the time to consider the desired roll of police in the community and various methods of improving community engagement, how the department is staffed and a variety of methods for employing smart and effective policing standards and strategies moving forward.
These discussions were aided by the distribution of a community survey, which was completed by 80 some-odd residents.
The final result of this work is a solid Reform and Reinvention Plan, which was posted to the Village website on February 17..  The Village is asking residents to review the plan and come forward with comments and suggestions prior to the March 17 Board of Trustees meeting.  After careful consideration of any and all public comments, the Board will move to adopt the plan at that meeting.

The Town of Tuxedo has approached the process in a slightly different way, forming a larger committee, which is open to any and all interested residents.  At a recent meeting on Wednesday, February 24, the group formed a number of subcommittees each of which will spend the next several weeks focusing on key ares such as Responding to Injustice Issues & Inequities, Community, Department Policies, Practices, Staffing, Recruitment & Training and Menral Health Interactions with Youth and Schools. The next joint meeting (all subcomittees) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 24 from 6:30-8:30pm via WebEx and is open to the general prublic. At that time the committees are expected to present their findings and recommendations.   No information has been provided to date as to who will be drafting the final report for the State or when a copy will be made available to the general public for comment.

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Village Police Reform Planning (Posted 1/12/21)

Dear Neighbors,

Established by Governor's Executive Order in June; Localities Must Adopt a Plan by April 1, 2021, to Be Eligible for Future State Funding.
The recent guidance from the NYSPRRC builds on the Governor's actions following the death of George Floyd. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed into law a series of reform policy items - called the "Say Their Name" agenda - including allowing for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by reforming 50-a of the civil rights law; banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers; prohibiting false race-based 911 reports and making them a crime; and designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement.

With more than 500 law enforcement agencies in our large and diverse state, there is no "one size fits all" solution.  To rebuild the police-community relationship, each local government must convene stakeholders for a fact-based and honest dialogue about their community's public safety needs.  Each district must envision for itself the appropriate role of the police.  Policies must be developed to allow the police to do their jobs to protect the public, and these policies must meet with the local communities' acceptance.

Village of Tuxedo Park Police Reform Plan – The Chief and I have put together a committee of community stakeholders (the Police Reform Committee) to develop the plan. The plan will focus on community policing. The committee members are Village Police Chief Dave Conklin, Village Mayor David McFadden, US ARMY Ret Col & Village Trustee Chris Kasker, Serena Mueller, Associate Head of School at Tuxedo Park School, Joshua Scherer, Governor of the Tuxedo Club, and Richard "Father Rick" James Robÿn, St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo Episcopal Church. Our collaborative process will:

  • Review the needs of the community served by its police agency, and evaluate the department's current policies and practices;
  • Establish policies that allow police to effectively and safely perform their duties;
  • Involve the entire community in the discussion;
  • Develop policy recommendations resulting from this review;
  • Offer a plan for public comment;
  • Present the plan to the local legislative body to ratify or adopt it, and;
  • Certify adoption of the plan to the State Budget Director on or before April 1, 2021.

If you have constructive suggestions you would like to share with the Committee, please send an email to

Stay safe.

Thank you,
Mayor Mac

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Tuxedo Park Police Department Annual Report (Posted 1/9/2021)

Click here to view the report

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FALL DRIVING TIPS (Posted 10/13/2020)

When leaves accumulate on the roadway and become wet, they can get extremely slippery, making the driving conditions similar to driving on ice.
• Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves,
especially when driving around turns.
• Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency. Keep
a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.
• Leaves make it difficult to see potholes and bumps in the
• A pile of leaves raked to the side of the road is an inviting
place to a child. Children enjoy jumping into the leaf piles or
burrowing down into them and hiding. Never drive through a
leaf pile. Use caution going around turns and where children
are playing.
• Keep your windshield leaf free to avoid wet leaves getting
stuck under the windshield wiper blades.
Deer-vehicle collisions increase dramatically between October and December, during their breeding season.
There are steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of being involved in a deer-vehicle collision:
• Deer are unpredictable, especially when faced with glaring
headlights, blowing horns and fast-moving vehicles. They
often dart into traffic.
• Deer often move in groups. If you see one, there are likely
more in the vicinity.
• Always wear your seat belt and stay awake, alert and sober.
• When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is
no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the
eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
• Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the
hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest
risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.
• Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but
stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers
swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control
of their cars.

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Health and Safety Public Announceent (Posted 10/7/2020)

Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Orange and Rockland Counties. It is expected that the rise in Covid-19 positive case will increase this fall.
The Tuxedo Park Police Department is reminding our residents that we all need to continue stringent social distancing practices, wearing of face coverings and frequent washing of hands. We have all done a great job in this community to keep Covid Positive Cases at a bare minimum and would like to continue that trend.
A message from the Center of Disease Control (CDC).
This Season a Flu Vaccine is More Important than Ever!
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients. September and October are good times to get a flu vaccine.

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From the Office of the Chief - Promoting Pedestrians & Vehicle Safety - Posted 6/30/2020


In an ongoing effort to improve road safety for vehicles and pedestrians, the Mayor has instructed the Police Department to temporarily halt all package delivery trucks/vans entering the Park after 5:00 p.m. as well as asking them to exit the Park no later than 6:00 p.m.

If this presents a problem for scheduled delivery, please contact the Mayor or the Police Department so that we can make an exception for you.

The Mayor also informed me the Tuxedo Club non-resident members and Club employees would use East Lake Road for accessing the pool, tennis, and main club area when arriving and departing through the south and main gates. East Lake Road is the preferred route because West Lake Road is more narrow and winding, making it more difficult to see pedestrians.

The current posted speed limit is 30 mph, but we strongly recommend driving at 25 mph at all times. Please be advised the Police Department is strictly enforcing the current speed limit with little or no warning tickets given. Additionally, we have advised the landscapers and our garbage company not to disobey the speed limit. Let's keep it safe for all.
Thank you

Chief Dave Conklin

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Village Hires New Chief of Police (Posted 1/20/2020)

At their meeting on Wednesday, January 16 the Village Board of Trustees voted in favor of hiring Dave Conklin as the next Chief of Police in Tuxedo Park.  Chief Conklin comes to the Village with 28 years of Police experience including time spent as an officer, detective and Sheriffs deputy in addition to two years as Chief of Police in the Village of Monroe.  
Although a life-long resident of Monroe, Conklin is no stranger to Tuxedo, having served five years with the Town of Tuxedo Police (1995-2000) prior to his service in the Monroe department.   He is also no stranger to the Village as his younger brother Jason Conklin, a Tuxedo Park Police Officer, was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident in the line of duty in 1997.
In a recent letter to the community, Mayor McFadden cited Conklin’s experience as a certified police instructor with strong human resource skills and record of reducing both sick-time and overtime expenditures.  The Mayor also highlighted Conklin’s track record of developing both community policing programs and various communications platforms for the purpose of keeping residents well informed.  Monroe Town Supervisor, Tony Cardone, is quoted as having said “Dave has been nothing short of upstanding, honest and diligent as a Police Officer and Chief over the many years he served Monroe. He represented all of us well, served us with honor, and has been involved in the Monroe Community as a person of integrity.”
Conklin’s prior experience as a Police Chief coupled with his knowledge of the Tuxedo community should allow him to “hit the ground running” when he begins work in early February. 
Welcome to Tuxedo Park Chief Conklin!  The Village is lucky to have you!

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Tuxedo Park Gets New Top Cop

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Melchiorre Steps Down as Tuxedo Park's Top Cop

Posted 6/4/19

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Chief Melchiorre Resigns

Posted 6/1/19

Dear Neighbors,
Yesterday the Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Chief Alex Melchiorre on or about July 31, 2019.  Alex has served as our Chief since July 1, 2016. We thank Alex for his years of hard work and dedication to the Village and wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.
A Search Committee has been formed to find Alex’s replacement. Within 60-90 days our Committee hopes to present several qualified candidates to the full Board for review and comment.


Mayor Mac

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Double Duty?

Posted 1/19

At their meeting on January 15, the Village of Monroe Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of hiring current Village of Tuxedo Park Police Chief, Alex Melchiore, as their full-time interim Chief of Police. 

(Meeting minutes can be found here)

Additionally, the Village of Monroe Police Department website is now listing Alex Melchiore as their Chief.

When asked for comment, Mayor McFadden stated via email “We are aware that the Chief is working for the Village of Monroe.  The Board recognizes the potential issues of working two full-time positions and is closely monitoring and reviewing the situation.”


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Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department Packet

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Tuxedo Park Public Safety Day

Village of Tuxedo Park Community Members,

We look forward to welcoming our residents and visitors of all ages to honor the Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department, along with the Tuxedo Park Fire Department, and the Tuxedo Volunteer Ambulance Corps. There will be police as well as fire and EMS rescue vehicles and equipment plus staff and volunteers on-hand.

The event will take place Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the St. Mary's-In-Tuxedo Episcopal Church parking lot. 

The Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department has proudly served the residents of Tuxedo Park since 1886, as have the Tuxedo Park Fire Department since 1901, and the Ambulance Corps for more than 50 years. All these organizations strive to provide emergency services in partnership with the community to contribute to a safe environment with the highest quality of life for all of us. There will be limited beverages and light fare.

Mayor David McFadden

For questions pertaining to Public Safety Day please contact David McFadden at or (917) 576-2484.

Weather permitting.

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Thank You To The American Red Cross

March, 2017

For their assistance in supplying the Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department with a trailer containing cots, blankets, food prep, cook set up, First Aid Kit, etc. so we can better prepare our community for an emergency situation.


Village Chief of Police Retires

February, 2016

Congratulations to Chief Ken Sanford on his retirement!  We thank you for your years of hard work and dedication to the Village and wish you the best of luck in all future endeavors.

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