Governor Kathy Hochul has nominated Steven G. James as the Superintendent of the New York State Police. Currently serving as Acting Superintendent, James awaits Senate confirmation to officially lead the state’s police force. Governor Hochul, emphasizing her commitment to fighting crime and supporting law enforcement, expressed confidence in James’ ability to guide the New York State Police into a new era of effective policing.
Acting Superintendent James, with over 32 years of service in the New York State Police, including two decades in leadership roles, brings a wealth of experience to the position. His educational background includes a B.S. in Psychology and a master’s degree in Public Administration, equipping him with the skills necessary for this leadership role. Governor Hochul highlighted the recent increases in funding and expansion of the State Police’s role in combating crime under her administration.
The State’s public safety initiatives have seen significant investment, including the creation of specialized units, technological advancements, and increased staffing to address various crime-related challenges. Governor Hochul’s proposed FY25 Executive Budget continues these efforts with new initiatives focused on retail theft. Leaders in law enforcement and public safety, including State Police Investigators Association President Tim Dymond and New York State Guardians Association President Marcus A. Walthour, have praised James’ appointment, acknowledging his expertise and leadership qualities.
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