Madison County

Matthew White

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


2020 Victim Impact Panel Schedule

Wednesday, February 12th 

Wednesday, April 15th

Wednesday, June 17th

Wednesday, August 19th

Wednesday, October 14th

Wednesday, December 9th


Requirements For All Participants:

¨ Must bring a money order for $50, 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 and ends at 7:00 PM. 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

BRiDGES (located above the Chase Bank)

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


Table.jpg    Some people use the term “Blackout Wednesday” to describe the day before Thanksgiving as it has become one of the largest drinking nights of the year. It is one of the busiest bar nights across the country and especially in Central New York. As a result, DUIs and DWIs continue to be of concern to many.

The Utica Comets hosted the Syracuse Crunch at home in the Adirondack Bank Stadium on the night before Thanksgiving and focused special attention on stopping DWI. STOP DWI Programs from Madison, Oneida, and Herkimer County were represented to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. With a full house, fans enjoyed hockey and received safety messages to get them thinking about their plan to get home safely. Banners were displayed around the concourse, bathrooms had STOP DWI stickers placed on the mirrors, police cars were displayed outside, and STOP DWI stress hockey pucks were given to the first fans through the door. An educational table was set up where fans had the chance to win a Comets 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, Ed Stevens, asked fans questions and provided handouts as a reminder to drive sober. Alongside them was Alliance who offered a driving simulator where virtual reality gave fans the opportunity to see their ability while impaired.

Oneida County Sheriff Maciol, Madison County Sheriff Hood, and Herkimer County Legislator John Stephens escorted Dalton Buss to the ice for the puck drop ceremony to honor his brother, Kane Buss. Kane, a 2013 graduate of Oneida High School, was killed by a drunk driver in January 2015. Buss was an aspiring law enforcement student. Mike and Claudette Buss were in attendance for the game and watched as their son dropped the puck. Fans saw various PSAs throughout the night regarding drinking while driving from the Sheriffs from Madison and Oneida County.

Comets took the night with a 4-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch. Madison County Coordinator, Sgt. Matthew White, said “Drinking and driving is illegal and a serious issue, that is why we are here tonight. Have a plan to get home safe and enjoy your weekend.”

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Ice%20Cream%20SUNY%20Morrisville%202019.jpg    Students had the opportunity mingle with the New York State University Police at SUNY Morrisville while enjoying a bowl of ice cream together. Students were walked through a series of sobriety tests that would be done on the roadside to educate them about standard processes. Jennifer Cottet, Prevention Education Specialist, and Sgt. Matthew White, STOP DWI Coordinator, had an educational table set up to teach the students the consequences of driving under the influence. Students were asked to answer a question and received free STOP DWI chotskies as a reminder to not drive under the influence. AT & T participated and allowed students to experience distracted driving through virtual reality.







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DeRuyter Central School and Cazenovia High School students and parents were given the opportunity to hear Marianne Angellilo's story to learn about the dangers of drinking and driving through the story of her son. Stockbridge Valley High School, Canastota High School, and Holy Cross Academy had the opportunity to hear Karen Torres tell her personal story of the dangers of distracted driving. Students felt the impact these stories had in their lives and were able to ask questions at the end.


Conference%202019.jpg    High school student leaders from Madison County were invited to attend the 2019 Youth Leadership Conference on Thursday, October 3rd, sponsored by Madison County STOP DWI. Madison County was represented by student representatives and advisors from Canastota, Cazenovia, Chittenango, DeRuyter, Hamilton, Holy Cross, Madison and Oneida Schools Districts.

Mr. Shaun Derik presented a dynamic speech “Dreams & Detours” with the powerful message to never give up. Through comedy, music, and dance he taught students and inspired them to never give up on their dreams, regardless of the challenges they are faced with. He told personal experiences to connect with students and help them understand success is not an accident but success takes work and is achieved with purpose.  

Once Derik was finished, students were empowered by Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood as he shared his commitment to the STOP DWI program.  He told the students how much he believes they can make a positive difference in their schools and communities. To follow, the students engaged in various activities to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping, tobacco use, marijuana use, and driving while impaired. They were given the chance to plan for their school year and collaborate with other schools for ideas to implement in their own schools.

“The purpose of this conference was to help the students understand they have the power to achieve their dreams, regardless of all of the pressures around them”, said Jennifer Cottet, STOP DWI Prevention Education Specialist for Madison County. Reality Check provided tshirts with the message “#DITCHJUUL” to each student to give the students a platform to make a difference on the upcoming effort on Wednesday, October 9th to reduce the number of students juuling and vaping. Reality Check works to reduce youth exposure to tobacco marketing in stores and on screen. They also educate communities about the benefits of tobacco free housing and outdoor spaces.


Madison County's STOP DWI Program organized a STOP DWI Prevention Bowl alongside the Tri-Valley Warriors football team in Oneida. The game was dedicated to Kane Buss and his family, in remembrance of him. Kane was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2015. He was an aspiring law enforcement officer and loved football. Each person who attended, including the players received bracelets that say "#KB31" and "STOP DWI Madison County". 


To kick off the game, Sheriff Todd Hood told the story of Kane and how it has impacted the community. He reminded each of the players not to drive under the influence of anything. The team presented a jersey to the Buss family that was signed by each of them to honor Kane. Dalton Buss did the coin flip in honor of his brother along with Sheriff Todd Hood, Sgt. Matthew White, and representatives from Oneida Police Department. Throughout the night, the crowd heard different statistics about drinking and driving over the PA. One life taken is one too many, have a plan to get home safe. 

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The schools in the County conducted mock crashes prior to prom. They were given the opportunity to hear from police officers, firefighters, first responders, and coroners after the event to hear the perspective when someone has to report to the scene of an accident. Two liquor stores donated brown paper bags for the students to sticker with STOP DWI messaging. The students talked about the decisions they would be making on prom weekend and how this small effort will make a difference in their community.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the STOP DWI Program in Madison County partnered with multiple businesses in the community to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while impaired. Businesses who took part in the efforts included NYE Ford, University Dodge, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Board of Elections, the County Clerk's Office and HIPstir Café. Oneida City Fire Department and Police Department participated by continuing their strong enforcement and dedication to keeping the community safe. In addition, Kane Buss's family and friends recorded videos and shared their story of loss. They reminded those who viewed to think about Kane before they get behind the wheel. In addition, STOP DWI Madison County took part in the Health Fair at SUNY Morrisville with the Nursing Students to raise awareness about drunk and impaired driving. The attendees participated in field sobriety tests with the University Police and answered questions regarding DWI to remind them about safe driving practices.

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For the month of April, NYE Ford in Oneida and University Dodge in Hamilton will be running a campaign in recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month through STOP DWI Madison County.  Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood was impressed by the effort in Hamilton last year through the Hamilton Area Community Coalition and thought it would be wise to bring the effort around the county further. With each car sold, the sales representative or manager will place a STOP DWI Promo Goody Bag in each car prior to giving the new owner the keys. Each person who buys a new car will be told why the dealership is participating and remind them of the consequences of driving while impaired. Cars serviced throughout the month will receive a lanyard or keychain when they receive their keys back at University Dodge as another reminder not to drink and drive. Informational materials regarding DWI and Drug-Impaired Driving have been placed throughout the dealership for customers to read as they wait.


Police Chiefs from all of Madison County were invited to participate and help kick off the event at NYE Ford in Oneida. Many came to show their support and dedication to the cause. Law enforcement and first responders are on the front lines every day and would like to remind people not to drive under the influence because they have reported to many tragedies and have seen the impact. Remember to have a safe and sober plan to get home safe if you choose to drink. Sales representatives and managers were asked to give a bag to each new car owner and explain the purpose of the giveaways to the customer to raise more awareness around the driving while under the influence.


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Morrisville Mustangs Men’s Ice Hockey fell to the Brockport Golden Eagles on Saturday but rose to the occasion and continued to raise awareness regarding STOP DWI.  SUNY Morrisville’s Athletic Department and Chief Paul Field, Chief of University Police, believed this was a great way to reach and educate the student population, especially the day before the Super Bowl.

As supporters entered, they received a stress hockey puck with the STOP DWI logo on it, provided by STOP DWI Madison County. As fans walked through the foyer, a table was set up for educational purposes. Fans were able to participate in hockey trivia regarding driving while intoxicated to enter to win Mustang apparel, provided by the athletic department.

Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood, University Police Chief Paul Field, and President David Rogers escorted Mr. Dalton Buss to the ice for the puck drop to honor 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, his fiancé, Morgan Simmons, and close friends as they watched him drop the puck in honor of Kane. The Buss family was available to meet and talk with people throughout the game to share memories and talk about how their lives have been impacted. They gave out pins with pictures of Kane along with bracelets that say #KB31, in remembrance of him. 

Fans heard PSAs throughout the game from the players about safe practices and reminders to have a plan to get home safe when consuming alcohol. Other players talked about driving under the influence of marijuana and how dangerous it is. At the end of the game, Morrisville athletics opened the ice for “Skating with the Mustangs”. People of all ages got on the ice and enjoyed skating along with the team. Even though the team lost, they were winners in a lot of people’s eyes on Saturday. Always remember to have a plan when you are going out because one life taken is one too many.

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