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Race for Madison County Sheriff begins

Democratic nominee: Al Riley

Making his retirement from the New York State Police official as of Sept. 25, Al Riley, 49, has been named the Democratic candidate to run for Madison County Sheriff. Riley, a lifelong county resident and an 18-year resident of the town of Lebanon, served in the NYS Police Force for 27 years.

Riley was born in the city of Oneida where he grew up with his five sisters and three brothers. He attended schools in Oneida and Canastota and graduated from Canastota High School in 1981. He then entered the academy for the NYS Police in 1982. His service began in canine handing in the town of Morrisville. Since there are very few canine divisions in the state, Riley was transferred to Oneida to provide his services in the city. He also served in the canine unit in the town of Sullivan and Cazenovia.

"I have worked all over the county," Riley said. "I have a good working relationship with everyone I have met in every town and village in the county."

Recognizing Riley's honest and ethical character, town of Lebanon Supervisor Jim Goldstein said the candidate has a unique perspective on law enforcement because he has served throughout the county.

"It's amazing how many people he knows," Goldstein said. "He is well-known and regarded."

Goldstein said that he is not only proud to have a constituent from the town of Lebanon running for county sheriff, but that Riley's nomination is a "historic candidacy," because he brings so much to the table.

"Voters will take a look at the candidate's expertise and experience and decide who will serve the community best," Goldstein said when asked about former Madison County Sheriff Ronald I. Cary's appeal to both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Riley stayed in Cazenovia for some time as it was close to his family. This department was also the newest troopers' station, and it was in need of a canine unit. Training in narcotics, tracking and search and rescue, Riley worked with his German Shepherd Burnie until he was retired. Riley began training another German Shepherd Wheeler in search and rescue, tracking for homicide victims and several areas of explosives.

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