Agencies Team up for Alcohol Awareness Campaign

To the Editor:

(Madison County, NY – April 2013) BRiDGES, the Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc., in partnership with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement, school and government officials, would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the coming of spring and summer in our community and to […]

Department vs. Office

To the Editor:

(Wampsville, NY – March 2013) There has been some discussion in recent times on why we are a sheriff’s office and not a sheriff’s department. Throughout New York state, sheriffs transitioned away from being referred to as a ‘Department.’ What is the difference between a department and an office, and why it […]

Heavy Police Presence Planned for St. Patrick’s Day

Madison County Sheriff’s Office news

Submitted by John Ball

(Wampsville, NY – March 2013) As St. Patrick’s Day and its associated activities approaches, Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drugs.

During this time period, law […]

End of Watch: Sheriff’s First Canine Officer was to Retire Next Month

Pictured Deputy Zaleski and Lida.

(Wampsville, NY – Feb. 2013) Madison County’s first narcotic canine team, known throughout the law enforcement community as unit K9-1, is no longer available. The team, consisting of canine Lida and her handler, Deputy Lance Zaleski, were coming close to the end of their joint efforts with Lida due […]

Holiday Crackdown Activities Planned

Madison County Sheriff’s Office

(Wampsville, NY – Dec. 2012) Madison County Law Enforcement Agencies have announced that a coordinated series of drunken-driving enforcement activities are planned for Madison County for the holiday season. These activities will include traffic stops, saturation and dedicated patrols. These efforts will be deployed to deter activity that could threaten public […]

Sheriff Urges Driver Safety with Season Change

Madison County Sheriff’s Office

Submitted by John Ball

(Madison County, NY – Sept. 2012) Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley is urging motorists to be aware that with the change of seasons, challenges in your daily driving will increase:

Stay Alert

The arrival of the fall season brings colorful foliage, and crisp clear days and nights. […]

Agency Introduces Yellow Dot Program


By Undersheriff John Ball

(Wampsville, NY – June 2012) Sheriff Allen Riley and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association are partnering to offer Yellow Dot, a free program that provides vital medical information to first responders. In an effort to better serve and protect the citizens of Madison County, Riley is promoting the program, […]

Law and Order Program Dinner Held

(Munnsville, NY) Recently, the Madison County American Legion held its annual Law & Order Program dinner at the Munnsville American Legion. The program, held each year, honors those who protect our communities day and night.

This year’s recipients are Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley and the Munnsville Fire Department, which was called out to […]

Ball Attends Program on Protecting Children


Madison County Sheriff’s Office

(Wampsville, NY – March 2012) Madison County Undersheriff John Ball recently attended the prestigious Chief Executive Officer Training Seminar, held just outside of the nation’s capital, at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children located in Alexandria, Va.

After receiving an invitation to attend the specifically designed training […]

Sheriff’s Deputies Investigating Fire; Seeks Public’s Help

(Town of Lenox, NY – Jan. 23, 2012) The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help into the investigation of a fire that occurred on Briggs Bay Road in the town of Lenox on Saturday evening, Jan. 21. The fire is labeled suspicious.

A passer-by reported a fire on Briggs Bay Road […]

Canastota VFW Wraps Up Year

(Canastota, NY – Jan. 2012) On Nov. 29 Canastota VFW Post 600 received many thanks from the participants of the AARP Drivers Safety Course that was put on by Robert Haehl and available free to the veterans and their spouses. We thank our Ladies Auxiliary for their help putting on the free meal and refreshments. […]