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InfraGard Hudson Valley Members Alliance Meeting

New York December 01, 2009

This evening, the Hudson Valley Chapter of InfraGard gathered at Mercy College to discuss their contributions to the program in the one year the chapter has been established. There were over fifty members and attendees present for this evening’s event. 

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Assistant Director in Charge Joseph Demarest Addressing InfraGard
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InfraGard is a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) program whose mission is to partner with academic institutions, businesses, state and local law enforcement agencies and others who are dedicated to contributing intelligence on criminal and terrorism threats inside and outside the region.

At this evening’s event, FBI Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) Joseph Demarest met with Hudson Valley InfraGard Chapter President Tom Levanti and InfraGard Hudson Valley members to thank them for their support and contributions over the past year.  InfraGard coordinators have referred multiple tips received from InfraGard members to numerous squads including: Cyber Crime, Counterterrorism Threats, White Collar Crime, and the Domain Program.

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Supervisory Special Agent James O’Connor
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Special Agent MaryAnn Goldman
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Tom Levanti, President of the Hudson Valley InfraGard Chapter said, “Partnering with the FBI and our other partners in the InfraGard chapter has been a big success.  We have an open line of communications on important issues and that is the first step to keeping us all safer.  We look forward to the chapter growing and continued interaction with the FBI.”

Demonstrating his enthusiasm for the program and gratitude to all members of the Hudson Valley team, ADIC Demarest stated: “In the one year since the Hudson Valley Chapter has been established, we have had multiple success stories.  One accomplishment is the identification of key individuals who are currently providing information on criminal and terrorism threats inside and outside the region.  As always, communication from our members remains a vital resource for the FBI.  We thank our InfraGard partners for their continued commitment and dedication to our community and country.”

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Assistant Director in Charge Joseph Demarest Addressing InfraGard
Photo credit: FBI

Special Agent Richard Kolko who has oversight of the InfraGard Program in the New York office of the FBI added, “This is a vital program for our area’s protection and we recognize the need for the program to thrive.  Special Agent InfraGard Coordinators MaryAnn Goldman and Jim Capozzi work with our partners every day in three local InfraGard chapters to keep this important liaison active and ongoing.”

For more information on InfraGard go to www.fbi.gov. You can sign up for email alerts about the FBI’s New York office by clicking on the red envelopes.