Marchione endorses Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett for re-election

Senator Marchione says Sheriff Bartlett’s “hard work, professionalism and dedication has made Columbia County a safer place for everyone”

Columbia County, NY – New York State Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I,Reform-Halfmoon) today announced her strong endorsement of Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett for re-election this fall to another four-year term.

“Sheriff Bartlett has done an outstanding job serving and protecting families, providing honest, ethical, highly effective law enforcement and treating everyone with respect, dignity, fairness and equal treatment under the law. Without question, Sheriff Bartlett’s hard work, professionalism, and dedication have made Columbia County a safer place for everyone,” Senator Marchione said.

“When Columbia County was confronted by the rising, deadly tide of heroin and opioid abuse that has swamped New York State and claimed countless lives, Sheriff Bartlett took strong steps to successfully meet this challenge head-on. Sheriff Bartlett committed additional resources to drug investigations, initiated the County’s first Narcan Response Program that has saved lives, and raised community-wide awareness of the growing threat of heroin abuse and addiction. Sheriff Bartlett also implemented the Vivitrol Program to help addicts stay sober upon their release from incarceration, one of the few such programs operating in our state,” Senator Marchione stated.

In hailing Sheriff Bartlett’s many successes, Senate Marchione also noted that Sheriff Bartlett led the creation of the Columbia-Greene Shared Services Response Team (SWAT), upgraded equipment and readiness, including equipping all patrol vehicles with computers and video cameras. Each of these positive steps improved coordination, communication and will save lives in the event of an emergency.

When running as a candidate in 2013, David Bartlett pledged to enhance intra-agency cooperation, increase community policing, and work with local sportsmen to promote hunter safety education and awareness. In just four short years serving as Columbia County Sheriff, David Bartlett accomplished each of these important goals.

Serving and representing all of Columbia County as part of the 43rd Senatorial District, Senator Marchione has continually partnered with Sheriff Bartlett on a variety of important community initiatives, including securing state funding for a search-and-rescue ATV for the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bartlett and his office also have been tremendous partners for the “Golden Gathering,” the free senior citizen health care fair that Senator Marchione annually sponsors with Columbia-Greene Community College. Sheriff Bartlett and his team will be at this year’s Golden Gathering taking place Saturday, October 14, at CGCC, once again providing free Senior Citizen ID Cards for Columbia County senior citizens.

“Under Sheriff Bartlett’s strong and steady leadership, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has maintained a consistent, positive and highly visible presence throughout the community. This effort has been critical to helping ensure a proactive law enforcement role throughout the community and strengthened bonds between Columbia County taxpayers and the brave men and women who serve and protect them,” Senator Marchione said.

“Honest, ethical, highly effective law enforcement. Hard work. A strong, visible, positive presence in the community. Proactive steps to tackle the heroin challenge and save lives. Keeping his promises. Sheriff Bartlett has done all of these things and much more. He truly is the ‘People’s Sheriff.’ I am proud to endorse his re-election and urge everyone in Columbia County to support him this November. Sheriff Bartlett is a terrific public servant who has earned another term to continue serving and protecting the lives, property, and well-being of Columbia County families,” Senator Marchione concluded.

For more information regarding Senator Kathy Marchione’s endorsement in support of Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett’s re-election, please call (518) 542-2413, or visit Senator Marchione’s official campaign website: