The New York State Police Academy held its 204th graduation exercises in Albany on Thursday.

More than 200 new Troopers were honored.

"After 26 weeks of hard work and perseverance, these Troopers will join the honorable tradition of serving and protecting the people of New York," Governor Cuomo said. "I commend these men and women for their pledge to keep New Yorkers safe and congratulate them as they start their careers in the New York State Police."

Among the new Troopers is Jeffery Blazek of New Hartford.  Blazek will be assigned to Troop B in Ray Brook.

The 27-year old Blazek was the winner of the Joseph T. Aversa Physical Training Award.   During the physical agility testing, he achieved the highest score of all 226 Members of the 204th Session.


Other local graduates include:

  • Jasmin Veiz, Utica
  • Jennifer Daignault, Rome
  • Samantha Hartman, Remsen
  • Cory Sprague, Clinton
  • Christopher Thayer, Dolgeville
  • Richard Kosakowski, Lee Center
  • David Lyubezhanim, Oriskany
  • Kyle Ready, Boonville
  • Michael Siegfried, Utica
  • Justin Weakley, Cold Brook
  • Eric Lojba, Herkimer

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