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Ceremony of Remembrance Held in Albany As Part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



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  April 12, 2018

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ALBANY, NY- District Attorney P. David Soares announced that the 2018 Ceremony of Remembrance was held today at the Albany County Crime Victims Memorial in the Rotunda of the County Courthouse to honor victims of crime. The theme of this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims.” This week is a time to honor crime victims and those who tirelessly advocate on their behalf. 

The Ceremony of Remembrance was emceed by Jennifer McCanney, Senior Assistant District Attorney of the Special Victims Unit of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. Speakers included victim survivors Dorie Giovannetti and Tom Stock. Dorie spoke about her courageous journey from victim to survivor, and Tom shared his journey after losing his sister to a repeat drunk driver. The “Amy Stock Memorial” was parked outside of the Courthouse for the event today.

The event also highlighted the positive efforts of local law enforcement and community agencies in their support of crime victims throughout the year.

The Elizabeth Martin Outstanding Achievement in Victim Advocacy Award was presented to Erin Pierone, New York State Police Victim Witness Specialist, for her work on the hit and run fatal of Raijene Martinez in Albany’s Washington Park, and P v Jessica Bellarose, fatal impairment crash that killed teenager Paige Ahearn on Route 7 in Colonie.

The Sheriff George L. Infante Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Award was presented to Investigator Kevin Noto of the New York State Police for his work on the P v Edward Mero double murder case, seeking justice for the families of Megan Cunningham and Shelby Countermine.

Special Recognition in Law Enforcement Award was presented to the Colonie Police Department Traffic Safety Division, for their work on cases P v Brian Tromans fatal hit and run that killed Master Sgt. Rudy Seabron, and P v Michael Carr, the crash into Blessings Tavern that fatally wounded Niko DiNovo after over 500 days of courageous battle for attempted recovery.

“The ceremony today shines a light on crime victims in Albany County whose lives have been shattered as a result of crime, and it serves as a reminder of the men and women who everyday put the needs of others before their own to serve the greater good. I truly thank everyone who made today possibly and thank our partners in law enforcement and our allies in the community who day in and day out support victims of crime,” commented District Attorney Soares.

For more information on National Crime Victim Rights Week and the memorials, events and programs occurring throughout the Capital Region click here.

For more information please contact Cecilia Walsh (518) 275-4710.