New York gun laws may limit Fort Drum impact of military’s expanded concealed carry rules

STEPHEN SWOFFORD / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Ricardo Riostirado, an Army veteran and a National Rifle Association-certified instructor with Operation Steel Rain, Pulaski, said many of the students in his Operation Steel Rain courses are Fort Drum soldiers or family members.

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Ricardo Riostirado, an Army veteran and a National Rifle Association-certified instructor with Operation Steel Rain, Pulaski, said many of the students in his Operation Steel Rain courses are Fort Drum soldiers or family members.

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March 2016 20 Questions: Colleen O’Neill, Jefferson County Sheriff

An agent of change

Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill reflects on her first year in office at the Sheriff’s Office last month. She is the first woman ever elected to a sheriff’s office in New York State history. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill reflects on her first year in office at the Sheriff’s Office last month. She is the first woman ever elected to a sheriff’s office in New York State history. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

For state’s first woman elected sheriff, spotlight is best shone on staff, deputies

After only two years of retirement from the New York State Police, an agency where she spent 32 years, Colleen M. O’Neill returned to law enforcement as Jefferson County’s and New York State’s first woman elected as sheriff. She sat down with us to share the experience of her first year in office, the challenges the Jefferson County sheriff’s office faces and what it means to lead as a woman in a historically male-dominated field. [Read more…]