2020 Investigators and Prosecutors of the Year

The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF) is proud to announce the 2020 recipients of the Thirtieth Annual Prosecutors and Investigators of the Year. These awards honor representatives from the law enforcement community on the federal, state, and local levels; as well as the offices of the United States Attorney and the District Attorneys from the metropolitan New York and New Jersey areas. The awards are designed to recognize excellence in service during the preceding year. The personnel selected for these awards are recommended by the head of each agency and approved by the FLEF Board of Directors and Advisory Board members.

The selecting officials for this year’s candidates are:

Inspector-in-Charge Philip R. Bartlett, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Special Agent-in-Charge Keith Byrne, U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service
Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, New Jersey State Police
Superintendent Edward T. Cetnar, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Superintendent Keith M. Corlett, New York State Police
Special Agent-in-Charge John DeVito, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (NYFO)
Special Agent-in-Charge Raymond P. Donovan, Drug Enforcement Administration (NYFO)
Acting U.S. Attorney Seth D. DuCharme, Eastern District of New York
Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, Homeland Security Investigations (NYFO)
Special Agent-in-Charge Susan A. Gibson, Drug Enforcement Administration (NJFO)
Commissioner Geraldine Hart, Suffolk County Police Department
Special Agent-in-Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, Department of the Treasury, IRS Criminal Investigation (NYFO)
Director Jared Maples, New Jersey Homeland Security & Preparedness
U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos, Jr., District of New Jersey
Special Agent-in-Charge Mark F. McKevitt, U.S. Secret Service (NJFO)
Special Agent-in-Charge Kathy Michalko, U.S. Secret Service (NYFO)
Special Agent-in-Charge Michael C. Mikulka, U.S. Department of Labor
Director Troy Miller, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (NYFO)
Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Modafferi, USPS Office of Inspector General (Northeastern Field Office)
Special Agent-in-Charge Jason Molina, Homeland Security Investigations (NJFO)
Commissioner Daniel Nigro, New York City Fire Department
Special Agent-in-Charge Charlie Patterson, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (NJFO)
Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder, Nassau County Police Department
Honorable Timothy Sini, Suffolk County District Attorney
U.S. Marshal Ralph I. Sozio, Southern District of New York
Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss, Southern District of New York
Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney, Federal Bureau of Investigation (NYFO).     

The honorees selected to receive the annual FLEF Prosecutors and Investigators of the Year Award represent the finest in the law enforcement community. It is also important to note that in many cases, numerous investigative personnel contributed to the success of the investigations for which the recipients are being cited. The selected recipients not only represent their agencies but also represent those individuals who have contributed to the many highly successful investigations highlighted in this year’s awards ceremony. The Foundation applauds the local and state agencies that have partnered with federal law enforcement personnel in the pursuit of safer communities and a more secure nation.

Prosecutors of the Year

Tracey Agnew
United States Attorney’s Office

Shawn Barnes
United States Attorney’s Office

Kathleen Barry
Department of Justice (Tax Division)

Melisa Bliss
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Timothy Capozzi
United States Attorney’s Office

Nanette Davis
Department of Justice (Tax Division)

Todd Ellinwood
Department of Justice (Tax Division)

Kaitlin Farrell
United States Attorney’s Office

Leah Gould
United States Attorney’s Office

Gillian Grossman
United States Attorney’s Office

Patrick Hein
United States Attorney’s Office

Matthew Hellmann
United States Attorney’s Office

Whitman Knapp
United States Attorney’s Office

Michael Longyear
United States Attorney’s Office

Christiana McSloy
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Kim Ravener
United States Attorney’s Office

Sagar Ravi
United States Attorney’s Office

Jonathan Rebold
United States Attorney’s Office

Jason Richman
United States Attorney’s Office

Justin Rodriguez
United States Attorney’s Office

Laura Sarowitz
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Sheb Swett
United States Attorney’s Office

Jacob Warren
United States Attorney’s Office

Investigators of the Year

Donna Algieri
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Oscar Alvarez
United States Marshals Service

Pedro Alvarez
United States Marshals Service

James Amorosi
New Jersey State Parole

Sergio Arias
US Customs & Border Protection

Chad Assenmacher
DEA Task Force

Frank Benicasa
Homeland Security Investigations

Matthew Bernstein
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jorge Betancur
United States Marshals Service

Justin Blackwell
New Jersey State Police

Courtney Bongiolatti
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jesus Bonilla
Nassau County Police Department

Vincent Borgia
DEA Task Force

Christopher Breuer
Suffolk County Police Department

Jarryd Butler
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Daniel Chmura
Suffolk County District Attorney

Joshua Croft
Homeland Security Investigations

Joe Cruz
DEA Task Force

Andrew Daher
Bureau of Alcohol Tabacco & Firearms

Michelle Delahanty
Homeland Security Investigations

Joseph DiGiacomo
Fire Department City of New York

William Dionne
Federal Bureau of Investigation TFO

Brian Duffy
Homeland Security Investigations

Jared Eannucci
Customs & Border Protection

Robert Eickenberg
DEA Task Force

Raymond Esposito
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Michael Fernandez
Homeland Security Investigations

Danielle Florentino
Diplomatic Security Service

Nicholas Geroulakis
New York Police Department

Gulio Giardini
New York State Police

Jeremiah Gussoni
Homeland Security Investigations

Matthew Herbert
DEA Task Force

Lance Herbert
Homeland Security Investigations

Ryan Hines
Nassau County Police Department

Jonathan Jimenez
U.S. Postal Service

William Kirkland
U.S. Secret Service

Todd Kowalski
Homeland Security Investigations

Guy LaMazza
New York Police Department

Philip Lee
Bureau of Alcohol Tabacco & Firearms

Josh Leslie
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Amy Lindner
Internal Revenue Service

Frank Lomonico
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Chad Macones
Federal Bureau of investigation

Greg Madden
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Sotirios V. Malamis
Drug Enforcement Administration

Anthony Mannarino
Port Authority Police Department

Thomas Marengo
Suffolk County Police Department

Justin Meadows
DEA Task Force

Craig Minsky*
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Robert Moraca
Bureau of Alcohol Tabacco & Firearms

Jason O’Day
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Bernice Ordonez
NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor

Ergin Ormin
New Jersey State Police

Alan Ottarson
U.S. Secret Service

Theodore Otto
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Rory Palmer
Homeland Security Investigations

Constantine Papadopoulos
FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force

Cindy Peil
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ramon Perez
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms

Christopher Petrellese
Federal Bureau of Investigation

David Pinto
DEA Task Force

Jeffrey Raymond
Nassau County Police Department

Donald Reilly
DEA Task Force

Joseph Rivera
Homeland Security Investigations

Anthony Rossi
United States Marshals Service

Michael Savnik
New Jersey State Police

Adam Schultz
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms

Isaac Shannon
New York Police Department

David Sheridan
Belleville NJ Police Department

Robert Steuber
Suffolk County Police Department

Peter J. Strauss
Drug Enforcement Administration

Damien Suarez
Nassau County Police Department

Jesus Torres
New Jersey State Police

Sean Tumulty
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Paul Turo
New York State Police

Kenneth Tysdal
New York Police Department

William Uhler
United States Marshals Service

Nikolas Vuksanovich
Port Authority Police Department

Daniel Wehrle
Drug Enforcement Administration

Lawrence Williams
New Jersey State Police

James Woods
U.S. Department of Labor

Robert Wronski
Drug Enforcement Administration

Dennis Wunsch
Nassau County Police Department

Group Awards

New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
Biotechnology Threat Focus Cell (BTFC) – Investigators of the Year

Anthony Correll, Sergeant

Edward Kelly, Detective

Kyle Wilson, Detective

Gerard Martin, IA

Christopher Lynam, IA

Walter Pullen, Chief of Detectives

Michael Podolak, Lieutenant

Mike Pohl, IA

Jisenia Baez, IOA

Christopher Stangl, ASAC

David Miller, SSA

Christian Schorle, SSA

Tammy McHugh, SA

Timothy Cho, SA

Scott R. Nawrocki, SA

Jesus Lopez, IA

Benjamin Allen, SA

Norman Pallotto, Bureau Chief

Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Squad C-26
Ardsley Motel Shooting – Investigators of the Year

Brendan Kenney, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI New York

David Fisher, Sergeant, Ardsley Police Department

Thomas O’Sullivan, Sergeant, Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department

Steven Deastis, Sergeant, Greenburgh Police Department

Joseph Barosa, Supervisory Special Agent, Tarrytown Police Department

Michael McGee, Detective, Tarrytown Police Department

Michael Neczesny, Detective, Greenburgh Police Department

Wayne Popovitch
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Police Officer, Greenburgh Police Department

Travis Colvin, Sergeant, Dobbs Ferry Police Department

Eric Vlasaty, Sergeant, Greenburgh Police Department

Jason Vlasaty, Police Officer , Greenburgh Police Department

Joseph Zech, Detective, Greenburgh Police Department

Joaquin Algaba, Police Officer , Greenburgh Police Department

Jean Paul Lara, Police Officer , Greenburgh Police Department

Michael Cookingham, Police Officer , Greenburgh Police Department

Douglas Brady, Police Officer , Yonkers Police Department ESU