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December 5th, 2012

Orange County Mourns the Passing of Correctional Administrator Dominick Orsino

Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois sadly announces the passing of Orange County Jail Administrator Dominick Orsino. Mr. Orsino, 68, passed away on December 5, 2012. Dominick Orsino was a lifelong Orange County resident, most recently residing in the City of Newburgh. He was a 1962 Graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, Orange County Community College and graduate of State University College at New Paltz with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Economics. He served in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1969 and spent most of his tour in Viet Nam. Mr. Orsino started his career in corrections as a part time Deputy Sheriff/Jailer in 1970 at the Orange County Jail. A year later he was made full time and remained with the Department until January 1977 when he became a Corrections Officer with the New York State Department of Correctional Services. He worked for twenty six years with DOCS, serving in various titles and administrative positions including Assistant Deputy Superintendent at Rikers Island, and Deputy Superintendant at Ulster and Downstate Correctional Facilities. During his career with DOCS he served on various committees developing policy and procedure relating to emergency management for that department. He also worked on department wide projects involving automated systems and the restructuring of the department's transportation system. He initiated the Crises Intervention Unit which monitors and analyzes conditions and inmate activity in the facility and investigates all serious incidents.

Since his appointment to Correctional Administrator of the Orange County Jail in 2003, Mr. Orsino worked to professionalize the operation of the Corrections Division. He initiated several programs to improve safety and security, to develop and clarify policy and procedure and to strengthen accountability. During his tenure, the facility became the first local jail in New York State to be accredited by the American Correctional Association and one of only eighteen facilities in the State to receive accreditation by the New York State Sheriff's Association. In addition, the facility recently received accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

In 2007, Mr. Orsino became an auditor for both the American Correctional Association and the New York State Sheriffs' Association, and conducted audits at many state and local facilities throughout the United States.

 Sheriff DuBois stated “Cannot replace a Dominick Orsino.  His professional demeanor, ambition, and innovative contributions to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and to the people of Orange County will be difficult to match.  Our condolences to his wife Barbara, his children and grandchild.”

 Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana stated “Over the years, I have had the opportunity to get to know Dominick, and I am proud to have called him my friend.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Dominick was a valued member of the Orange County team.  Under his leadership the County Jail became the first local jail in New York to be accredited by the American Correctional Association, and one of only eighteen facilities in the state to receive accreditation by the New York State Sheriff’s Association.  His accomplishments were meaningful to the County and to our residents.  He will be sorely missed. ”     

 Mr. Orsino is survived by his loving wife Barbara and two children.

 Funeral Arrangements have not yet been finalized.

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