PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Sheriff David Favro will seek re-election this year for another four-year term.
"I enjoy the challenges of this job, and I look forward to solving problems each and every day, and I want to continue on and hopefully help make this county a better place," Favro, 52, told the Press-Republican.
A Democrat, Favro was elected sheriff in 2002 after serving with the City of Plattsburgh Police Department for 20 years. He was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2010.
With him as sheriff, Favro said, the county has been able to save substantially by obtaining grants and participating in state and federal law-enforcement programs designed to tighten security at the U.S.-Canadian border at Champlain.
The Sheriff's Department, like other law-enforcement units, receives asset-seizure funds that are taken from criminals who are arrested in the region.
Involvement in those programs not only saves the county money but improves the quality of life, Favro said.
"We've helped bring a lot of criminals to jail, and we've interfered with their activities — I won't say stopped all of their activities but interfered with them a lot," he said.
The department has also implemented programs to alert parents to the dangers of sex offenders.
That includes an effort each Halloween to have a 100 percent accounting for all registered sex offenders that night.
"We make sure then that all sex offenders are living at the addresses they are supposed to be and that people are aware of them so they can avoid those places," Favro said.
The department also is involved with the Yellow Dot program, which alerts emergency services responders to medications elderly patients may have in their refrigerators.
"If they come in and a person is down and the responders see a yellow dot on the fridge, they know to look inside and there will be a box with their medications and all the information they need, which can save them time and hopefully someone's life," Favro said.