Westchester County

Patricia McCarthy Tomassi

112 East Post Road, Third Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
United States


Victim Impact Panels 2018                         Click for "VIP frequently asked questions"

Sponsored by the Westchester County Probation Department.  Presented by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Thursday,  August 9, 2018
Thursday,  October 4, 2018
Thursday,  December 13, 2018

All panels will be held at the Westchester County Center located at 198 Central Ave, White Plains, New York.  Persons attending are requested to sign-in at 6:15 PM No one will be admitted after 7:00 PM.  There is a $100.00 fee for persons mandated to attend and a $20.00 fee for family members or guests.  Persons required to attend are encouraged to bring family members or guests.   All attending must present I.D.  Seating will be limited; you can guarantee your seat by registering and paying online up to one day prior to event using code PLC 7370:  (If registering on-line please print and bring receipt) For additional information please call 914-995-8338

Panel de Victimas de Conductores Ebrio 2017

Patrocinado por el Departamento de Probacion   Presentado por Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD. 

Jueves 1 de Febrero de 2018
Jueves 26 de Abril de 2018
Jueves 28 de Junio de 2018
Jueves 9 de Agosto de 2018
Jueves 4 de Octubre de 2018
Jueves 13 de Diciembre de 2018

Todos los paneles seran presentado en el Westchester County Center  198 Central Ave.  en la ciudad de White Plains New York.  Admisión comenzará a las 6:15 p.m.  Nadie será permitido entrada después de las 7:00 p.m.  Hay un precio de entrada de $100 para las personas requerida en atender y $20 para los miembros de familia o invitados.  A las personas requerida en atender se les permite traer a su familia o amigos.  Asientos serán limitados; usted puede garantizar su asiento registrándose y pagando en línea hasta un dia antes del evento usando el codigo PLC 7370.  (Los que se registren en linea, favor de traer el recibo) Para obtener información adicional por favor llame al 914-995-8338

On October 9th at the Police Academy In Westchester County, over 60 law enforcement personnel were  given a training by Mary Tanner-Richter on Effective Courtroom Testimony. Mary, who was named by the GTSC as one of two Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors for  NY State, helped law enforcement officers prepare for issues and challenges that may confront them before, during, or after their presentation of decisive testimony and evidence in a judicial court setting or deposition.
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Westchester Office of Drug Abuse Prevention & STOP-DWI in conjunction with the Westchester Coalition for Drug & Alcohol Free Youth sponsored a two day DITEP (Drug Identification Training for Education Professionals) for 24 Westchester County middle and high school  resource officers,  nurses and health care workers at Student Assistance Services Conference in Tarrytown.   DITEP Instructor, Doug Paquette, a NY State Trooper and  Coordinator-Impaired Driving Enforcement Programs, conducted the training.  Continuing Education credits were issued. 





APRIL 18, 2018

Vaping has exploded among Westchester teens but most youth are still making the healthy decision to remain vape-free.  In celebration of these healthy teens, Westchester County and the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth in conjunction with the Office of Drug Abuse Prevention and STOP-DWI celebrated these teens and their lung healthy decision on April 18th. Hosted by Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, the event included a giant inflatable lung exhibit, student testimonials and important health information about vaping’s dangerous effects on developing lungs. The event was scheduled just two days before April 20 (4/20).  In recent years, April 20th has become known as a day when some people across the country gather to use marijuana, including vaping marijuana concentrates. The event was part of a campaign to reclaim the day, support teens who choose not to use, and highlight the potential dangers of marijuana and vaping on the developing body and brain.

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Westchester County has over 50 proms with 10,000 + students

VIP Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Is there a cost to attend a Westchester County Victim Impact Panel?  YES.  For those requiring proof of attendance there is a non-refundable $100.00 fee (cash or money order).  For guests there is a $20.00 fee.
  2. How long does the panel last?  Panels routinely last approximately 2 ½ hours.
  3. Will I be breathalyzed upon entering the panel location?  YES. everyone attending the victim impact panel will be breathalyzed after making payment and prior to entering the panel room.  Anyone testing positive will be denied entry to the panel room and forfeit payment.
  4. Can I pay online or by phone?  YES.  Telephone/online payments can be made at GOVPAYNOW.COM or call (888)604-7888 and pay the required fee using PLC# 7370.  It is recommended you print the receipt and bring it with you to registration.
  5. How do I verify to the Court that I attended?  At the end of the panel you will receive a non-replaceable certificate verifying your attendance.
  6. What happens if I lose my certificate?  If you lose your certificate you must attend another victim impact panel and pay the fee again.  There are no exceptions.
  7. What if I don’t have the money, can I still attend the panel?  YES. however you will not receive a certificate of attendance until you have paid the fee.  More information will be available on site.

Panel De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio: Preguntas y Respuestas

  1. Hay un costo para asistir a un Panel De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio?  Si. Para aquellos que requieren prueba de assistencia hay una entrada de $100.00 (efectivo o giro postal) para los huespedes hay una entrada de $20.00. Los Ninos menores de 12 anos no seran admitidos.  
  2. Cuanto tiempo dura el panel? Los paneles duran aproximadamente 2 horas y media.
  3. Tendre que tomar una prueba de alcohol al entrar en el panel? Si. Usted tendra que someterse a una prueba de alcohol despues de pagar la entrada pero antes de entrar al panel. Cualquiera que pruebe positivo se le negara la entrada al panel y perderan el pago de entrada.
  4. Puedo pagar en linea o por telefono?  Si. Puede ir a GOVPAYNOW.COM o llamar al (888) 604-7888 y pagar la entrada requerida utilizando PLC#7370. Se recomienda que imprima el recibo y lo traiga con usted.
  5. Como puedo verificar ante el tribunal que asisti?  Al final del panel, usted recibira un certificado verificando su asistencia
  6. Que sucede si pierdo mi certificado?  Si pierde su certificado tiene que asistir a otro Panel De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio y pagar la entrada de Nuevo. No hay excepciones.
  7. Que pasa si no tengo el dinero puedo todavia asistir el Panel De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio?  Si. Sin embargo no recibira su certificado de asistencia hasta que haya pagado la entrada. Mas informacion estara disponible en el lugar donde se ubican los Paneles De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio.

On Wednesday and Thursday, August 16 and 17, Tall Cop, Jermaine Galloway, presented a series (4) of trainings in Westchester County.   Over 375 local Mid-Hudson Region law enforcement personnel, educators, prevention providers, coalition members, school administrators and counselors were trained to recognize and understand what is going on in their individual communities about alcohol and drugs.  Officer Galloway’s High in Plain Sight presentation gave the attendees the latest information on alcohol and drug trends, drug identifiers, drug clothing, party patrols, party drugs, non-traditional ways of alcohol consumption, cough medicine abuse, popular culture music, and other community based alcohol and drug initiatives. His presentations were relevant and well received.


Police Officer Jason Behar

On May 3rd, at the 2017 MADD Awards Banquet in Schenectady, Police Officer Jason Behar from the Port Chester Police Department was given the 2017 New York State MADD STOP-DWI Recognition Award.  Officer Behar is an outstanding police officer who represents his community with honor and dignity.  His skills and abilities are outstanding and he brings professionalism to the work he does in Port Chester. In 2016, Officer Behar has kept the roads in that community (Port Chester covers 2.2 square miles) safe by affecting 128 arrests for driving while intoxicated. Officer Behar is always eager and willing to participate in countywide details and can be counted on to give 100% and issues tickets and effects arrests on a regular basis. Officer Behar is also quick to impart his expertise and encouragement to less experienced officers. His efforts have had a ripple effect, motivating fellow members to improve their DWI enforcement efforts.   He is a team player who acts as a role model to his fellow officers.

Port Chester Police Department

The Port Chester Police Department in working closely with the Westchester County STOP-DWI office was able to address the growing problem within Port Chester is a 2.2 Square mile village in southeastern Westchester County. With a world class concert venue and dozens of popular International restaurants, cafes and bars, the village has become a bustling nighttime destination.

In 2016, our partnership with STOP-DWI allowed the department to dedicate officers to directly confront DWI offenses. We participated in every joint agency DWI enforcement detail available and utilized annual funds from STOP-DWI to coordinate enforcement teams throughout the year. The department has one daytime traffic officer and does not have a dedicated safety or traffic team. Most DWI arrests were made by officers assigned to patrol sectors that are responsible for calls of service throughout their shifts.

The Port Chester Police Department made 248 DWI/DWI Drugs arrests in 2016. This represents a 230% increase from 2015. We attribute this increase to the partnership with STOP-DWI and the vigilant efforts of our officers, particularly the core group that participated in the many DWI enforcement details.

Congratulations to the men and women of the Port Chester Police Department.

Westchester County, the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth and the Office of Drug Abuse Prevention and STOP-DWI declared 4/20 as “Healthy Teen Brain Day” to help combat the use of marijuana. The event included a giant inflatable brain exhibit, student testimonials and important information about marijuana’s dangerous effects on developing minds. In recent years, April 20th has become known as a day when some people across the country gather to smoke marijuana and promote cannabis culture; “Healthy Teen Brain Day” is a way of reclaiming the day and celebrating those who choose not to use the drug while highlighting its potential dangers. (click here for complete press release)