In a united front against crime, Congressman Mike Lawler stood alongside Senator Chuck Schumer, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, and law enforcement officers from across the Hudson Valley for a roundtable discussion and press conference addressing the crucial issue of funds owed to local law enforcement agencies. The gathering focused specifically on the outstanding payments owed to the dedicated officers who worked tirelessly to dismantle crime rings as part of the Westchester Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) task force.
The event shed light on the urgent need to expedite the allocation of funds owed to law enforcement officers, who consistently put their lives on the line to protect our communities. Congressman Lawler emphasized the critical role these officers play in maintaining public safety and highlighted the significance of ensuring they receive the financial support they rightfully deserve.
“Our law enforcement officers are the backbone of our communities, bravely confronting crime and safeguarding the well-being of our citizens day in and day out,” Congressman Lawler declared. “It is absolutely imperative that they receive the funding they are owed as swiftly as possible. These funds are not just a monetary compensation; they are a symbol of our appreciation and support for their selfless dedication to upholding the rule of law.”
Law enforcement agencies in the Hudson Valley, including the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, have been instrumental in combating organized crime. The Westchester DEA’s task force has seen significant success in dismantling criminal networks involved in drug trafficking, money laundering, and other illicit activities plaguing the region.
During the roundtable discussion, Senator Schumer echoed Congressman Lawler’s sentiments, pledging his support for swift action to resolve the issue. “Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our neighborhoods safe,” Senator Schumer remarked. “They deserve not only our gratitude but also the resources necessary to effectively carry out their duties. We must work together to ensure that the funds owed to these officers are allocated promptly.”
Sheriff Louis Falco and Sheriff Kevin McConville, representing their respective counties, shared their firsthand experiences and expressed gratitude for the strong collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Both sheriffs stressed the need for adequate funding to sustain and enhance their agencies’ efforts in combating crime.
The press conference provided an opportunity to raise public awareness about the challenges faced by law enforcement officers and to garner support from the community. The event underscored the importance of recognizing the dedication and sacrifices made by these officers, whose work is essential for preserving the peace and security of our neighborhoods.
Congressman Lawler concluded the event with a call to action, urging citizens to rally behind their local law enforcement agencies. “Let us stand united in support of our brave men and women in uniform,” he said. “Together, we can ensure that they have the necessary resources to continue their crucial work in protecting our communities and eradicating crime.”
As the issue gains momentum, Congressman Lawler and Senator Schumer, alongside their fellow officials, are determined to secure the owed funding for Hudson Valley law enforcement officers. Their collective efforts aim to reinforce the commitment to public safety while acknowledging the invaluable contributions of those who put their lives on the line for the greater good.