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NYCHS held meeting/tour at
NYPD museum Feb. 16

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NYS DOCS' Supervising Superintendent for the NYC region, Brian Fischer, center, is installed as an NYCHS executive committee member at-large at the society's meeting in the NYC Police Museum. NYC DOC Warden Gerard O'Gara, society vice president, left, and Tom McCarthy, general secretary, welcome him as a fellow officer while the audience applauds.

Approximately 100 history-minded persons from diverse backgrounds participated in a special tour of the new Police Museum Feb. 16th as the New York Correction History Society (NYCHS) held its first Year 2000 meeting.

NYC Police Museum
Mission Statement:

New York City is a melting pot where people from every country have come seeking freedom and opportunity. Throughout its history, the New York City Police Department has reflected the history of the City, both through its service to the City's many communities and through the diversity of the Department's personnel.

In its new facility, the New York City Police Museum presents the members of the New York City Police Department performing their service to the community, thus enabling New Yorkers to achieve their dreams.

The Museum seeks to collect, preserve and interpret objects related to the history of the New York City Police Department, and to provide information about the Department's history through exhibitions, lectures, the Internet, publications, school events and other educational programs.

Conveniently located at Bowling Green in lower Manhattan, we are situated near other important cultural institutions, thus allowing the public an opportunity to take advantage of the many educational services provided at the Museum.

The new NYC Police Museum's long-awaited opening took place Jan. 20. It is situated at 25 Broadway, near Bowling Green, lower Manhattan, in the old Cunard Building, between Morris St. and Battery Place, on the West side of Broadway.
[Brian Fischer
Queensboro State Correctional Facility Superintendent Brian Fischer speaks after his installation as NYCHS executive committee member at-large.

Sgt. Thomas M. Gambino, the museum's executive director, greeted the NYCHS visitors in the institution's 80-seat meeting room. Virtually every seat was occupied and more than dozen standees listened from the side aisle. He discussed some of the challenges involved in setting up and running a New York law enforcement- related museum. After opportunity for some questions and answers, NYCHS visitors toured the museum with guides.

The meeting also served as the occasion for the society to add NYS Department of Correctional Services Superintendents Brian Fischer of Queensboro Crrectional Facility and Brant Kehn of Fulton Correctional Facility in the Bronx to the NYCHS executive committee as members-at-large. Fischer is also regional supervising superintendent for DOCS' New York City area facilities. A Mercy College adjunct professor, Kehn has written and been interviewed extensively on Sing Sing history.
[Sgt. Tom Gambino]
NYC Police Museum Executive Director Thomas Gambino addresses NYCHS visitors. Lt. James N. Augello, left, runs the accompanying slide display. Past era police-cycle sparkles nearby.

Besides NYC DOC and NYS DOCS uniformed and civilian executives and staffers, participants included uniformed and civilian executives and staffers from such diverse locales and agencies as the NYC Board of Correction, NYS Commission of Correction, NYC Probation, NYC Commission on Human Rights, Correctional Association of New York, Maryland State Division of Correction, Ossining PD, Ossining Historical Society, Pound Ridge PD, New York Initiative, the Auxiliary Police Benevolent Association, South Forty Corp, Friends of Island Academy, New York Council for the Humanities, the Horticultural Society of New York, EchoNYC, the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
[Leasa McLeish]
NYCHS treasurer Leasa McLeish chats with New York Initiative's founder/CEO Church Rigby, center, and its president/COO Gregg Burton.

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The museum is located within short walking distance from the Rector Street Station of the West Side IRT 1 Line, the Broad Street Station of the BMT J, M, and Z lines, and the Bowling Green Station of the East Side IRT 4 and 5 Lines. From the Bowling Green Station, the museum is one block north on the left. From the Rector Street Station, the museum is one block east and two blocks south. From the PATH at the World Trade Center, walk one block east to Broadway, then south to 25 Broadway. The M1, M6, and M15 buses stop nearby.

The New York City Police Museum web site is at http://nycpolicemuseum.org

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