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Office of County Executive Steve McLaughlin

News Release: January 17, 2018

COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE MCLAUGHLIN ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF JOHN HOURIGAN OF SCHODACK AS STOP-DWI COORDINATOR

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin today announced the appointment of John Hourigan as STOP-DWI coordinator for the county.

Hourigan is a retired Albany Police Department detective, a resident of Schodack and a lifelong resident of Rensselaer County.

As coordinator of STOP-DWI, Hourigan will play an important role in public safety and health education in the county, noted McLaughlin.

“John will be an important of the effort by the county, law enforcement and concerned members of the public to erase drunk driving from our streets and neighborhoods,” said McLaughlin.

“I have known John Hourigan for years, and know he is hard-working and dedicated to public safety and the community as a whole. I am confident John will do a great job for our county,” said Bill Dikant, whose family was a victim of a DWI crime and today is an anti-DWI advocate.

“The STOP-DWI program is an important line of defense in our county, and I look forward to working with John to fight this crime and protect our residents,” said Dean Bodnar, whose family was also victim of a DWI crime and is also an anti-DWI advocate.

STOP-DWI stands for “Special Traffic Operations Program for Driving While Intoxicated”. As coordinator, Hourigan oversees the county Victim Impact panels, which are court-ordered, educational efforts, administration of court-ordered interlock devices, interaction with local police agencies and other interactions.

“DWI and substance abuse has damaged innocent residents and communities. We are counting on John’s years of valuable service in law enforcement to protect and educate our residents,” said McLaughlin.

Before retiring as detective, Hourigan was a master instructor with the APD, and provided instruction to police on the dangers of alcohol abuse, along with working prior as a patrolman. He also worked for the Rensselaer, Nassau and Schodack police departments.

The STOP-DWI position is part-time and carries with it a salary of $29,800, as set forth in the adopted 2018 county budget. The position was vacant following the transfer last year of former STOP-DWI coordinator Tom Hoffman to another position in county government.

For more information, regarding this press release, call County Director of Operations Richard Crist, 518-270-2955 or 518-928-1920.