CAMPAIGN NEWS

January 02, 2019

SMITH TAKES THE REINS AT MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

By WINNIE BLACKWOOD

Recorder News Staff

FONDA — Montgomery County rang in the new year Tuesday with swearing-in ceremonies for two officials.

Ceremonies were held Tuesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse to swear-in Brittany Kolbe as Montgomery County clerk and Jeffery Smith as Montgomery County sheriff. 

Both were elected during the November  general election. 

Smith, a Republican, defeated his Democratic opponent James Glorioso Jr. 

Law enforcement and government officials from across the county and state attended Smith’s ceremony to pay their respects to the new sheriff. 

November 08, 2018

SMITH: EXCITEMENT, APPRECIATION AFTER SHERIFF POSITION WIN

By WINNIE BLACKWOOD

Recorder News Staff

Montgomery County Sheriff-elect Jeffery Smith is ready to make a difference in the department. 

Smith, a Republican, defeated his Democratic opponent James Glorioso Jr. in the general election for the sheriff seat Tuesday night. Smith secured 10,826 votes, while Glorioso gathered 3,589 votes, according to unofficial election results from the Montgomery County Board of Election. 

“Honestly, I’m just feeling extremely excited,” Smith said Wednesday. “Excited, honored that the people of this county are giving us a chance. Thrilled that I had so much support. So many people that helped with the campaign and so many positive comments from people from the public. Even picking up signs today people were waving, blowing horns and saying congratulations. It just shows that hopefully people have the confidence in our ability to create a team that has the positive influence in our community.” 

October 17, 2018

CSEA Endorses Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is proud to share the endorsement of many hardworking Montgomery County residents and employees of many different municipalities!

CSEA represents workers throughout our county, we are very appreciative of the support.

After completing a written questionnaire and an in person interview we are thankful to have obtained this endorsement.

"This endorsement now means that EVERY bargaining unit at the Sheriff's Office has endorsed our campaign, showing that they have the confidence and belief that we are best suited to become the next Sheriff of Montgomery County! Thank you!" - Jeff Smith

Click Here To Read Full Endorsement from the CSEA Capital Region 4 Political Action Committee

Click Here To Read Full Endorsement from the CSEA Capital Local 829 Political Action Committee

September 20, 2018

Jeff Smith announces Carl Rust as choice for Undersheriff

“As a candidate for sheriff, I believe it is important for our constituents to know who their leadership team will be come January if elected,” The sheriff and undersheriff work together to provide leadership within the agency, develop programs and protocol, ensure that our residents, students and visitors are safe, and direct staff so that emergencies are handled in a timely fashion resulting in an effective partnership with our communities. I am pleased to announce that Carl Rust will be appointed Undersheriff." 

Carl, who has worked for the Amsterdam Police Department for 30 years, has been sergeant since 1999. In addition to his oversight and supervisory responsibilities within the department, he has been involved with the K-9 unit for 24 years. He is responsible for the training and selection process of the K-9 unit.

“With Carl’s vast experience, ability to adapt and willingness to learn, I am confident he will be a great undersheriff and an invaluable asset to staff and members of our community,”Smith said in the release. “I look forward to him being on our team and serving in such an important and instrumental position.” Jeff said.

August 29, 2018

Western Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association Endorses Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent endorsement from the Western Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association.

"We are very honored and thankful for this week's endorsement! The men and women of our fire service are second to none. The Chiefs associated with each department work very hard and are extremely dedicated to our communities. Having the support of the Western Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association means the world to us! We look forward to expanding our working relationship, increasing communication, and improving our ability to become the best partner we can be! Thank you!." - Jeff Smith 

August 22, 2018

Montgomery County Sheriff's Corrections Officer's Union Endorses Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent support from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Correction Unit, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 294.

"Our Correction Officers are second to none and work very hard. They deserve the necessary tools and support to manage an effective facility. With our proposed "three R" program, Recruitment, Reward and Retention combined with experience as a Correction Officer and Undersheriff I intend to provide them just that." Jeff said of the endorsement. 

August 08, 2018

New York State Conservative Party Endorses Jeffery T. Smith for Montgomery County Sheriff.

"Today we are thankful to the Montgomery County Conservative Party, especially our locally registered Conservatives, committee members, Chairperson Pete Phelps and friend Cheryl Reese." - Jeff Smith

New York State Conservative Party Executive Director Shaun Marie states the following:

"I am pleased to announce that the New York State Conservative Party has endorsed Jeffery T. Smith for Montgomery County Sheriff. Jeff's entire career has been dedicated to public service. Jeff worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department for just over 25 years, working his way up the ranks from correction officer to second in command as your Undersheriff. He has 30 years’ experience as a volunteer firefighter and he is currently the Montgomery County Emergency Services Director. Jeff understands public safety and is committed to protecting his community." 

July 25, 2018

Ames village board announces support for Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent support from the Ames Village Board. 

July 09, 2018

Jeff Smith files petitions to run for the position of Montgomery County Sheriff

Jeff announced the news via his Facebook page, "Well tonight, with my family by my side, I officially filed petitions to run for the position of Montgomery County Sheriff!

I am so excited, thankful, hopeful and ready to work hard for the people of this county!

Thank you to my family, friends/supporters/volunteers and fellow committee members for all of the assistance during this process. A special thank you to the public, the people we met throughout this process who took the time to sign, talk to us, encourage us and wish us well!

We submitted the following:

1,351 Republican signatures (needed 473)
174 Independence Signatures (needed 76)
3 Reform Signatures (needed 1)

There is still at least one more party to file, we will be doing that later this week."

July 04, 2018

Montgomery County Town Highway Superintendants Association endorses Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent support from the Montgomery County Town Highway Superintendents Association

"Our Highway Superintendents and DPW leaders work hard continually to help keep our roads in good shape, especially throughout the winter.

They are a partner and I appreciate their support! It is vital to have an ongoing working relationship with this group. Their knowledge, equipment and willingness to help during emergencies and disasters makes them an invaluable tool within our county!" Jeff said of the endorsement.

May 30, 2018

Amsterdam Police Benevolent Association Inc. endorses Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent support from the Amsterdam Police Benevolent Association Inc.

"I appreciate the fact that they recognize the great working relationship we have had for years and that they see the potential of what we can do together in the future!" Jeff said of the endorsement. 

May 23, 2018

Amsterdam Police Superior Officers Association Endorses Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent support from the Amsterdam Police Superior Officers Association.

"Thrilled to have the support of these hard working dedicated Law Enforcement leaders!" I am so happy to see that the leaders in this community are supportive and look forward to working with me as a candidate for Sheriff." - Jeff Smith 

May 16, 2018

Montgomery County Correction Supervisors Union Endorses Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent support from the Montgomery County Correction Supervisors Union.

"Extremely proud to have received this endorsement. Working in the Correctional Facility is one of the most important and difficult jobs there is. Starting my career as a Correction Officer was challenging, rewarding and laid the foundation for my future." Jeff said of the endorsement. 

May 09, 2018

Town of Minden Town Council announces support for Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent support from the Town of Minden Town Council.

April 18, 2018

Montgomery County Road Patrol Deputies Endorse Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent support from the Montgomery County Deputy Sheriffs Police Benevolent Association Inc.

"I am honored to receive and announce this endorsement. Super excited that with your help I can become the leader of these dedicated men and women." said Jeff about the endorsement. 

April 08, 2018

Jeff Smith congratulates Sheriff Amato on retirement

Congratulations to Sheriff Michael J. Amato on his retirement announcement. Sheriff Amato has had an amazing 39 year career with the Sheriff's Office--21 of those years he has served as our Sheriff. The Sheriff and I have worked together for 30 years when I served in the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in various capacities and my current position. For 11 of those 30 years, I was his Undersheriff. Sheriff Amato has achieved many accomplishments during his career. Please join me in thanking Sheriff Amato for his service and dedication to Montgomery County.

Sheriff's Amato's announcement of his pending retirement marks a milestone in our county. After 21 years, Montgomery County residents will be electing a new Sheriff in November 2018. The newly elected Sheriff will take office in January 2019.

The decision as to who will be the next Sheriff should not be taken lightly. Given the fact that the County Sheriff is responsible for the safety of all county residents, it is important that the residents of our community elect an individual with extensive law enforcement experience, a pristine work ethic and leadership abilities to work with the men and women of the Sheriff's Office to ensure that the community's safety is always maintained and never compromised. A competent Sheriff possesses a special skill set and ability to effectively communicate with the public, represent all first responders and always serve the public with dignity, respect and compassion. Historically, the role of the Sheriff has always been synonymous with keeping the peace. Fast forwarding to the 21st century, the Sheriff's ability to protect its citizens and allow them to live safely and peacefully in their respective communities is critical to the quality of life all our residents deserve!

I want to be your next Sheriff. I have the professional experience to keep our community safe, the administrative experience to make a seamless transition as the next Montgomery County Sheriff and the work ethic and dedication to serve this community 24/7. I have the necessary leadership skills and relations with our first responders to ensure that all the emergency and non-emergency calls are handled quickly and efficiently, the jail is run professionally, our road patrol is out on our roads and highways ensuring that travel is safe and the civil office continues to work with our courts and the public in a timely fashion.


Please visit my website, www.jeffsmithforsheriff.com. Learn more about my candidacy; take the time to join the team, be a part of something positive and rewarding. Share with friends and family, help me and my family to realize a longtime goal and become your next SHERIFF!

March 21, 2018

Village of Fort Plain Board of Trustees announces Support for Jeff Smith for Sheriff

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent support from the Village of Fort Plain Board of Trustees.

March 18, 2018

Jeff Smith receives official endorsement from the Amsterdam Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2825

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent official endorsement from the Amsterdam Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2825.

"These firefighters work extremely hard every day to keep Amsterdam safe. They also assist the County, County departments and other fire departments throughout.  It is my pleasure to partner with them; they are true professionals and deserve the respect and support of everyone!  I pledge my dedication to communication, cooperation, accessibility and partnership with all of our first responders. It is imperative that our first responders understand and know that they have a qualified partner working with them 24/7 to protect and serve!" - Jeff Smith

February 12, 2018

SMITH STARTS CAMPAIGNING; MEET THE CANDIDATE EVENT IS FEB. 22

By CHANTELLE DEROSE

Recorder News Staff

Following an official campaign announcement in November, Jeffery T. Smith has set his sights on running for the position of Montgomery County sheriff.

A Meet the Candidate event with Smith will be held Feb. 22 at the Century Club in Amsterdam from 6 to 9 p.m. It will be the second major fundraiser Smith and his team have organized together.

“It’s basically just kind of an open house meet and greet. It’s an opportunity for people to come and ask questions. I’ll speak — shortly — so that I don’t bore people too long,” Smith said. “But that three hour period is just come and go, ask me questions, talk about my ideas for the office, and it’s doubling as a fundraiser for the campaign.”

Smith said he is hopeful that his second fundraiser will be as successful as his first.

“We had a golf tournament back in September, prior to the official announcement. That went very well,” Smith said. “We were ecstatic. We filled the entire course — maxed out at the Canajoharie Country Club. We couldn’t fit anybody else. Hopefully we’ll have a large crowd on the 22nd as well. Any time you run a campaign, there’s costs. It can be expensive.”

The Century Club will not require the public to RSVP, Smith said, meaning that members of the community can stop in and out as they wish.

“Right now I’m just doing as much as I possibly can to meet and greet people,” Smith said.

He noted that he has knocked on a few doors at this point and plans to continue doing so as the weather becomes warmer.

“I have gone to some doors. It hasn’t been methodical yet, which it will be,” Smith said. “I have knocked on, I would guess, maybe 30 to 50 resident doors roughly. They were specific ones that I wanted to reach out to early on in the campaign. As soon as the weather breaks a little bit and we get more into it, I’m going to methodically go to every door. I’m going to try to hit every door I possibly can.”

Smith, who is the director of Emergency Management for the county and has several years of experience in law enforcement, is currently running unopposed in the race for sheriff.

“Technically I’m the only candidate right now,” Smith said. “I want to make sure it either stays that way or — if there is an opponent — that people think I’m the best one. That’s what I believe and that’s what my team believes. That’s just because we’ve worked so hard and we’ve got so much experience.”

Smith said his campaign goal is helping people realize that “it’s time for a change at the top of the sheriff’s office.”

“We just think we can do a better job at bridging that gap between the sheriff’s office and the public,” Smith said. “It’s really about introducing myself, talking about my ideas, getting the message out and hopefully encouraging people to support me.”

January 15, 2018

Meet the Candidate Fundraiser set

Please join us for a "Meet the Candidate" fundraiser!

February 22, 2018 6p-9p at The Century Club of Amsterdam, 130 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam, NY 12010. 

$25 per person, $40 per couple

January 12, 2018

Jeff Smith receives official endorsement from the Fort Plain Teachers’ Association.

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Sheriff is pleased to announce the recent official endorsement from the Fort Plain Teachers’ Association.

 

The Fort Plain Teachers’ Association held a meeting of its Board of Representatives and voted to officially endorse Jeff Smith and his campaign for Montgomery County Sheriff. President Patrick L. Hanifin said, “The members and staff appreciate all that Jeff has done for our school. His commitment to the DARE program, various safety trainings provided to staff, commitment through the local fire department and his recent role as Montgomery County Emergency Management Director all have been instrumental in helping our school community meet its safety needs and goals. ”

After receiving the endorsement Jeff shared his deepest appreciation, stating, “I have always felt at home assisting students, staff and school districts across the county. Becky, our children and I graduated from the Fort Plain Central School District. The staff is exemplary and always put the children first. I am very appreciative for their support.”

Jeff continued by stating, “I pledge my dedication to communication, cooperation, accessibility and partnership with all of our schools. It is important for our schools, the students, staff and school leadership to know who their Sheriff is!”

November 20, 2017

By CHANTELLE DEROSE

Recorder News Staff

www.recordernews.com

FONDA — Jeffery Smith, the current director of Montgomery County Emergency Services, officially announced his candidacy for Montgomery County sheriff on Saturday in front of the Old Montgomery County Courthouse on Park Street.

Prior to the ceremony, Smith said he feels the timing is right to run for the position, currently held by Sheriff Michael Amato.

“To be honest with you, this is something that I’ve worked toward my entire life,” Smith said. “I’ve worked very hard and I’ve waited for this moment and now is the time.”...Click Here to read entire article.

November 18, 2017

Jeff Smith announces his candidacy for 2018 Montgomery County NY Sheriff

November 04, 2017

Official Announcement of Jeff Smith’s Candidacy to become the 66th Sheriff of Montgomery County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

          

The Committee to Elect Jeff Smith for Montgomery County Sheriff is pleased to announce his candidacy on Saturday November 18, 2017 at the Old Montgomery County Courthouse, Park Street, Fonda, NY 12068 at 11:00 am.   The public is cordially invited to attend this event.

 

          "It is with great pride and excitement that I am entering the race to become the 66th Sheriff in our great County!  I am uniquely qualified for this very important Office.  I have the work ethic, dedication and sound moral principles to be your next Sheriff.  My twenty nine year employment history consists of serving the public as a law enforcement officer including serving as your Undersheriff for eleven years.  I also served as a corrections officer and am a thirty year volunteer firefighter.  I am your current Montgomery County Emergency Management/Services Director.  I have the skill set to oversee a Department entrusted to protect this community.  Throughout my career, I have done my very best to protect this community when criminal activity has been afoot.  I can assure all the residents of this County that my number one priority as your sheriff will be to continue to keep our families and community safe."

June 29, 2017

Jeff Smith kicks off Sheriff campaign with a golf tournament!

The committee to elect Jeff Smith Sheriff 2018 has announced that they will hold a golf tournament On Saturday, September 16th at the Canajoharie Country Club.  

June 30, 2017

SMITH ANNOUNCES INTENT TO RUN FOR COUNTY SHERIFF IN 2018

By MORGAN FRISCH

Recorder News Staff

www.recordernews.com

 

After 30 years of public service experience, hard work and opportune timing, lifelong county resident Jeff Smith announced his intention to run for Montgomery County Sheriff in 2018.

 

“This is something I have been thinking about my entire public safety career,” Smith said. “It’s been a goal of mine for many, many years. I’ve been patient and I’ve just waited for the right time and my turn, so to speak. There are no guarantees in life, but I’ve worked very hard and try to do the right thing for the people of this county. I think now is the time to take a shot.”...Click Here to read entire article.

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