Columbia County District Attorney’s Office Recognized for Outstanding Efforts
District Attorney Paul Czajka is proud to announce that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has honored Assistant District Attorneys Ryan Carty and Joyce Crawford with special service awards for Outstanding Enforcement Efforts In Support of Environmental Conservation Police. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and DEC Executive Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Lynch presented Joyce and Ryan with this prestigious award at a special ceremony on September 12, 2018 at Empire State Plaza.
From the DEC 2018 Awards Ceremony program:
“Special service awards are presented to those outside the Division who have, by their actions, enhanced the ability of the Division to perform its mission. A special service award is presented to Columbia County District Attorney’s Office for outstanding assistance with several significant cases brought by the Division of Law Enforcement in the past two years.
“When Environmental Conservation Officer James Davey was gravely injured on November 29, 2016, the District Attorney’s Office immediately committed to supporting the Division of Law Enforcement in bringing the case to a successful conclusion.
“During the first half of 2018 the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office successfully prosecuted a deer poaching case [out of Chatham Town Court] that resulted in over sixteen thousand dollars ($16,000) in fines and criminal convictions for four perpetrators on fifteen counts involving the illegal taking of deer, resulting in the highest-ever fine for deer poaching against a single individual in New York State.
“In June 2018, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office was instrumental in obtaining multiple search warrants resulting in the seizure of nearly 100 illegal wildlife products and obtaining [four (4)] convictions resulting in over $35,000 in criminal and civil penalties.”
PHOTO: from left to right, ADA Ryan Carty, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, ADA Joyce Crawford, DEC Exec. Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Lynch.