IACP’s McEwen Remembers Mario Cuomo

Chief Harlin R. McEwen, chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Communications and Technology Committee, goes back a long way with Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York who died January 1, 2015.

“Upon hearing of his death last week, I immediately thought back to the day in 1984 when he came to the Turf Inn in Albany to announce he was appointing me as Deputy Commissioner of the NY State Division of Criminal Justice Services,” recalls McEwen.

The photo below shows the Governor with former Executive Director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police Joe Dominelli and McEwen as Cuomo arrived to make the announcement at the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police conference. “This is one of my favorite photographs,” says McEwen. “I enjoyed working for him.”

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McEwen also shared another favorite photo, taken in 1987, showing former NY State Criminal Justice Director John Poklemba, Governor Cuomo, former NY State Police Superintendent Tom Constantine, and himself. “How young we look!” he remarked.

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“Another era comes to an end, but I have certainly been blessed with meeting and working with many wonderful people during my career in law enforcement,” concluded McEwen, a recent recipient of the CSAA President’s Special Recognition Award for his contributions to advancing the alarm industry.

–Elizabeth Lasko, CSAA, January 5, 2015

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