Former state police investigator running for Greene County Sheriff
Feb 11, 2019 2:30 pm
Bill Williams is reporting for WCTW-FM Cairo resident Pete Kusminsky has declared his candidacy for Greene County Sheriff. Kusminsky is a retired New York State Police supervisor with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. In a statement posted to Facebook, Kusminsky wrote, "I have strived to bring all law enforcement agencies in Greene County together in a collaborative effort to serve the public. I retired in order to run for Sheriff in hopes to continue to my efforts to bring a united, collaborative and professional approach to Greene County’s issues, including the opioid epidemic, crimes against children and the elderly." Kusminsky was born in Queens, NY, and his family moved to Palenville when he was 7 years old. He graduated from Catskill High School and later attended SUNY Buffalo and Columbia-Greene Community College. As a state trooper, he patrolled the roadways of Greene and Orange counties; following his promotion to the BCI, he handled a variety of serious crimes including homicide, robbery and assault. Kusminsky was named Greene County Lawman of the Year in 1998. "I am dedicated to public service and believe that I have the temperament, organizational skills, compassion and sense of fairness to bring the Sheriff’s Office to the next level. I believe in building lasting relationships and sharing services for the common good," Kusminsky wrote. Another state police investigator, Diana Benoit, announced her intention to run for sheriff in July. Incumbent Sheriff Greg Seeley has not as yet declared his intention to run. Read Kusminsky's full announcement at 985thecat [dot] iheart [dot] com.