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

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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Buss Family Support


  Canastota High School SADD completed a Sticker Shock for the holidays to remind people in the community that drinking and driving is not acceptable. Students utilized the stickers from STOP DWI with the messages "Wasted. Your Life. And someone else's." and "A drug is a drug is a drug!"


Victory for the Utica Comets and STOP DWI New York

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, 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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