Madison County

Matthew White

Office of the Sheriff
P.O. Box 16 - North Court Street, Bldg. #7
Wampsville, NY 13163
United States


2019 Victim Impact Panel Schedule

Wednesday, February 13th

Wednesday, April 17th

Wednesday, June 12th

Wednesday, August 14th

Wednesday, October 16th

Wednesday, December 4th


Requirements For All Participants:

¨ Must bring a money order for $20, payable to “Madison County Treasurer” and a  picture ID, such as license, passport, etc.

¨ Attendees can sign in beginning at 5:00PM and the session starts promptly at 5:30PM. No admittance to the class after 5:30 p.m.

¨ Will be breathalyzed upon arrival.  Readings cannot register over 0.00 BAC.


*Pre-registration IS required by calling:     (315) 697-3947 Space is limited.  If you are unable to attend, please notify us immediately so we can fill your spot.


Questions please call or email: Debbie Cassidy,  VIP Administrator


(located above the Chase Bank)

112 Farrier Ave., Suite 314, Oneida, New York   13421

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Some people use the term “Blackout Wednesday” or “Drunksgiving” to describe the day before Thanksgiving as it has become one of the largest drinking nights of the year. As a result DUIs and DWIs continue to be of concern to many.

The Utica Comets hosted the Laval Rockets at home in the Adirondack Bank Stadium on the night before Thanksgiving. STOP DWI programs from Madison, Oneida, and Herkimer County were represented to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.  Fans experienced different events throughout the night to get them thinking about their plan to get home safely.

The first 350 people through the gate were given a stress hockey puck with the STOP DWI logo, provided by Madison County STOP DWI. As fans walked through the foyer, an educational table was set up where fans could enter to win a jersey by answering a question regarding driving under the influence.

Madison County STOP DWI Prevention Education Specialist, Jennifer Cottet, and Oneida County STOP DWI Coordinator, Tom Giruzzi, facilitated the questions and provided handouts such as stadium cups, koozies, pens, and flash lights to remind the fans of sober driving. Alongside them was a driving simulator regarding driving while intoxicated provided by Alliance where virtual reality gave people the opportunity to see their ability while impaired.

Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood, Herkimer County Legislator Jim Bono, and Oneida County Probation Director Dave Tomidy escorted Mr. Dalton Buss to the ice for the puck drop in honor of his brother Kane Buss. Kane Buss, a 2013 graduate of Oneida High School, was killed by a drunk driver in January 2015. Buss was an aspiring law enforcement student.

Dalton was accompanied by Mike and Claudette Buss along with his fiancé, Morgan Simmons they watched him drop the puck. The four of them were given the opportunity to ride the Zamboni in honor of Kane.

Fans saw various PSAs throughout the night featuring the Sheriffs from Madison and Oneida County, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and Utica Police Chief regarding drinking while driving. There was also a puck shoot where participants were asked to wear beer goggles and shoot into the net. Participants struggled and realized how alcohol can truly impair their ability.

Comets took the night home with a 3-2 win over Laval Rockets. Madison County STOP DWI Coordinator Sergeant Matt White, said “I want to remind everyone to not drink and drive and get a safe ride home”. Have A Plan and be safe this weekend.

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October 23

In collaboration with University Police at SUNY Morrisville, STOP DWI Prevention Education Specialist, Jennifer Cottet, educated students and faculty about the consequences of DWIs. This included costs associated with DWIs and risks they are taking when choosing to drive under the influence. Students were given the opportunity to interact with the University Police through an ice cream social and playing games while wearing beer goggles to understand the impact of alcohol on coordination. AT&T also was present with the texting and driving simulator for students and faculty to experience firsthand how dangerous it can be to take their eyes off the road and look at their smartphone.

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SADD%20conf%202018%20websize.jpg  Oneida, N.Y. — Sixty high school students from all over Madison County came together on Friday, Oct. 5, to the annual SADD Conference, sponsored by Madison County STOP DWI.  Madison County was represented by student leaders from Canastota, Cazenovia, Chittenango, DeRuyter, Holy Cross, Madison, Oneida, and Stockbridge.

National Speaker Harriet Turk presented the keynote speech, “Just Be A Resource”, where she focused on teen issues. She empowered each student by challenging their negative thoughts of self-value. She reminded each student that they are not only valuable, but can make a difference in the lives of their peers.

“I am somebody special, if you don’t like me, tough," Turk said, as students took up the chant. "Cause I am cool enough, smooth enough, and doggone it, I am hot enough to be who I want to be."

Students were given the opportunity to rotate around the Kallet Theater and do hands-on activities they can implement in their school. Each activity focused on educating and preventing peers from using alcohol and other drugs. The students and advisors were given resources to do these activities in their schools and communities. Some stations included: chalk the walk; cups in the fence; and airing out tobacco and alcohol’s dirty laundry.

Representing the Sheriff’s Office, STOP DWI Coordinator Sgt. Matt White opened the day with welcoming remarks. Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood also attended the conference and spoke to the students briefly about his experiences regarding underage drinking and DWIs. Hood reminded them they are important and encouraged them to take what they learned back to their schools.

“The conference’s primary purpose was to empower students to be a resource, friendly, kind, and a role model”, said Jennifer Cottet, a prevention education specialist for BRiDGES-Madison County Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Inc. Reality Check provided a T-shirt for every student and advisor present with the message “Just Be.”

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As a sector for the Hamilton Area Community Coalition and sponsor of Sgt. Matt Janczuk's race car, STOP DWI was represented Hamilton Open Greens night. Sectors of the coalition came together to represent the coalition's mission, to empower youth, parents and the community to work together and reduce the impact of substance abuse in the Hamilton, NY. Children were given a "pit pass" with activities on it to complete before winning a prize. Activities included taking the drug-free pledge, answering trivia questions, and meeting Sgt. Matt Janczuk or Sgt. Matt White. After they completed the pit pass, the children were given the opportunity to pick out a prize.



  July 28th

STOP DWI Prevention Education Specialist, Jennifer Cottet, partnered with the Wild Animal Park in Chittenango for the Brewfest. Vendors from around the country were represented and food was provided by Texas Roadhouse along with pizza from a various places. As an effort to prevent underage drinking, ID scanners were used to check IDs at the entrance. Each person received a wrist bracelet, red or yellow, which informed the vendors who could be served. Banners hung throughout the Wild Animal Park with the "STOP DWI. Have A Plan." message to remind those who attended. Prevention Education Specialist, Jennifer Cottet, set up a table and raffled off a free day pass to the Wild for those who took the pledge to drive sober and/or had a plan to get home through a designated driver or Uber/Lyft.

July 12th

As a sector for the Hamilton Area Community Coalition, a booth was set up in Hamilton for First Responders Night. Children were given the opportunity to interact with First Responders including law enforcement officers, fire fighters, campus security, and EMS. They were given the chance to spin the wheel at the STOP DWI table and answer trivia questions about how First Responders help keep their community safe along with tracing their hands on a banner to thank them for their efforts. Parents and young drivers took the pledge to drive sober and were given STOP DWI lanyards and pens for doing so. 


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