Photos: Kiwanis and bar association present local criminal justice awards
The Batavia Kiwanis Club and the Genesee County Bar Association held their annual Law Day dinner at Bohn's Restaurant on Wednesday night.
Deputy Brian Thompson (top photo) received the Kathy Seymore Volunteer Service Award.
Winners of Criminal Justice Awards were: Andre R. Dunlap, investigator, New York State Police Troop “A”; David E. Gann, retired from the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office (second photo); Edward M. Minardo, currently jail superintendent; Michael A. Messina, chief of police, Buffalo/Batavia Veterans Administration Police Forces, and Colleen M. Marve, coordinator, Justice for Children Advocacy Center.
The Pembroke High School Mock Trial Team was honored for winning the regional championship (third photo).
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After the jump (click on the headline), the press release for the awards:
Kiwanis President David Chua announced the awards during a dinner held at Bohn’s Restaurant on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The awards dinner was held in partnership with the Genesee County Bar Association during its observance of Law Day. The honored speaker at the dinner was Hon. Robert C. Noonan, Genesee County Court judge.
Description of the Award
The Kiwanis Club of Batavia Criminal Justice Award is presented to a member of the community, law enforcement, or a criminal justice agency serving the citizens of Genesee County whose exceptional career achievements and conscientiousness to citizenship have demonstrated a spirit of selfless public service or demonstrated an act of exceptional valor or heroism.
2012 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Andre R. Dunlap – Investigator, New York State Police Troop “A”
Investigator Dunlap is a 21-year veteran of the New York State Police. Throughout his illustrious career, Investigator Dunlap has received numerous letters of appreciation from the public and partner police agencies for his professionalism and superlative law enforcement service. Investigator Dunlap is a recipient of the Lila McNall Award for his outstanding contribution to the Children’s Services Division of the Genesee County Department of Social Services and a past recipient of Genesee County MADD award for superb DWI enforcement. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Batavia and a participant in the Ride for Roswell. Investigator Dunlap continues to serve the citizens of Genesee County in a professional and civic manner and was nominated for this award by New York State Police Captain Steven Nigrelli.
David E. Gann – Genesee County District Attorney’s Office (retired)
David E. Gann was a member of the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office for 31 years prior to his retirement on December 30, 2011. Mr. Gann served as Sr. Assistant District Attorney and had vast trial and case appeal experience. He was responsible for the prosecution of several major felony drug cases and was an authority on D.N.A. evidence. David Gann was an ultimate public servant, never shying away from extra work. He was available on a 24/7 basis for law enforcement agencies and was regularly called out in the middle of the night to draft search warrant applications and provide legal advice to police. His ethics, intelligence, knowledge of the law and dedication to his job earned him the well-deserved respect of the judiciary, law enforcement and colleagues. In January 2012, Mr. Gann was awarded the prestigious Robert M. Morgenthau Award presented to him by the District Attorneys’ Association of the State of New York in recognition of his many accomplishments. Mr. Gann was nominated for this award by District Attorney Lawrence Friedman.
Edward M. Minardo – Genesee County Sheriff’s Office
Edward M. Minardo currently serves as jail superintendent of the Genesee County Jail. He served as director of Genesee Justice from 2005 through 2010 when he voluntarily relinquished his job in order to meet budgetary constraints and keep Genesee Justice programs intact. Mr. Minardo kept a positive attitude and was instrumental in establishing the Genesee Justice Foundation in hopes of raising funds for Genesee Justice. He also plays an important role in raising funds for the Child Advocacy Center and is a believer in restorative justice. During his tenure as director of Genesee Justice, Ed served as chair of the Genesee County Criminal Justice Council, promoting cooperation and collaboration of all criminal justice and support agencies within Genesee County. Mr. Minardo is president-elect of the Kiwanis Club of Batavia and was nominated for this award by Sheriff Gary T. Maha.
Michael A. Messina – Chief of Police, Buffalo/Batavia Veterans Administration Police Forces
Michael A. Messina is currently chief of police for the Buffalo and Batavia Veterans Administration Police Forces. Under Chief Messina’s leadership, the Batavia V.A. Police Force has become an important partner in our local criminal justice community. Chief Messina has established relationships with area law enforcement and service organizations, which benefits our community. During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Chief Messina provided resources and information on the topic of “Coming Home….Challenges and Opportunities for Returning Veterans." He also assisted with organizing and participating in this excellent program. Chief Messina exemplifies the conscientiousness to citizenship and spirit of selfless public service. Chief Messina was nominated for this award by Batavia City Police Detective Sergeant Patrick Corona.
Colleen M. Marvel – Coordinator, Justice for Children Advocacy Center
Colleen Marvel started working for Genesee Justice in 1999. In 2000, she was assigned to the Justice for Children Advocacy Center and in 2001 became its coordinator. Colleen put her heart and soul into the Child Advocacy Center and worked tirelessly to assist and serve sexually abused children from the GLOW area. She worked very closely with law enforcement, social services, district attorneys and other support agencies in the quest to prevent sexual child abuse and to prosecute those who committed such crimes. She made herself
available 24/7, whenever the Child Advocacy Center was needed. Colleen has a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies from SUNY Plattsburg and resides in the Town of Pavilion with her 5-year-old daughter, Grace. Colleen will be leaving the Child Advocacy Center on May 11, 2012, as she has accepted a position in Wyoming County. Ms. Marvel was nominated for this award by Sheriff Gary T. Maha.
Kiwanis President Dave Chua presented the awards on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Batavia.
CHARLES L. MANCUSO AWARD
The Charles L. Mancuso Award was presented to the members of the Pembroke High School Mock Trial Team as winners of the 2012 GLOWS (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming and Steuben counties) District Competition in the New York State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Tournament. The award reads “Dedicated to the Memory of an Outstanding Attorney-Citizen”, Mr. Mancuso, a Batavia lawyer, served as coordinator of the local competition until his untimely death six years ago. The Pembroke High School team members honored at the dinner include: Patrick Burns, Dean Cullinan, Cale Fryer, Rachel Seweryniak, Joelle Fugle, Brett Jones, Andrew Reynolds, Brandon Kohorst, Benjamin Reiner, Christian Burns, Justin Sformo, Eva Reda-Kendrick, Sabrina Sanner and Karen Glomb.
Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, who serves as coordinator of the local Mock Trial Program, and Genesee County Bar Association President Durin Rogers presented the award.
KATHY SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
The Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA) presented its Kathy Seymour Volunteer Service Award during the dinner. This award is presented to a citizen, volunteer, law enforcement officer or emergency medical service provider whose actions and commitment have helped to make our community a safer place. This year’s award was presented to Deputy Brian A. Thompson of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Thompson has served for many years as a volunteer on the DWI Victim Impact Panel and speaks of the consequences of being arrested for DWI.
The award was presented by Barbara Maryniak, Victim Impact Panel coordinator, GCASA.