Ryan Law, a State University of New York at New Paltz Police Officer, has been elected by the Police Benevolent Association of New York State board to lead the 1,200-member union.

Officer Law, 40, is a 10-year SUNY-New Paltz Police Officer who been active in the PBA since 2009, most recently as a union director. Prior to becoming a Police Officer, he served as a Corrections Officer at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Ulster County from 2005 to 2009. He also served in the United States Army from 1998–2001, stationed at Fort Drum outside Watertown and, for a time, in Bosnia.

4 Different Units


RIGHT NAME FOR JOB: Ryan Law, the new president of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State,  said his top priority will be securing a contract for his members to replace the one they’ve been working under although it expired more than four years ago. He is also looking for Governor Cuomo to sign into law a bill approved by both houses of the State Legislature that would permit his 1,200 members to retire after 20 years on the job and qualify for a full pension.

He succeeds Lieut. Scott Marciszewski of the SUNY-Buffalo Police Department, who led the union for a year, but was recently promoted to Deputy Chief of Patrol Operations and obliged to step down from his union slot. Officer Law will finish out Lieutenant Marciszewski’s three-year term which concludes in 2021.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected by my peers to represent the PBA,” Officer Law said in a statement from the union. “While our union is composed of 1,200 men and women from four different police units—patrolling every corner of the state—we are united in our commitment to one another. I look forward to building on the work of my predecessors and working with the board to ensure that the men and women who protect our parks, campuses and natural environment continue to have a strong union looking out for them.”

His priority will be to secure a new contract for his members, who are working under an agreement that expired in 2015. The union also awaits Gov. Cuomo's signature on a 20-year retirement bill that passed both houses of the State Legislature earlier this year. 
The PBA-New York State is the bargaining agent for the state’s University Police, Environmental Conservation Police, Park Police and Forest Rangers.

Officer Law earlier in his PBA tenure, he created a program for recognizing PBA-NYS members who served in the U.S. military and was instrumental in getting the SUNY Police Commissioner’s Office and the SUNY Chiefs Association to approve a “U.S. Military Veteran” service pin.

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