Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [second from right] greets New York State Troopers Sgt. Jay Cook [far right] and Maj. Charles Guess [second from left] along with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R,I-Peru)[center] in Albany Monday.

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) commended Sgt. Jay Cook and Maj. Charles Guess in the Assembly Chamber Monday for their exemplary service to New York State. Cook is responsible for capturing Clinton County Correctional Facility escapee David Sweat in late June. Guess was the primary supervisor of the manhunt that lasted more than three weeks.

            “These two police officers displayed tremendous courage and determination in their efforts to bring the two Dannemora escapees to justice,” Hawley said. “The New York State Legislature, North Country residents and all New Yorkers owe them a token of gratitude for their efforts. This is yet another timeless example of the willingness of our devoted law enforcement officers to put themselves in harm’s way to help others and protect their community. I was pleased to recognize their efforts in Albany and wish them success in the future.”

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