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Columbia, Rensselaer Counties get new ECO supervisor

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    Lt. Jason DeAngelis
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    Ryan Arp with a nearly six-pound lunker bass caught in a local pond while fishing with his dad, ECO Mike Arp.
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    Contributed photoLt. Jason DeAngelis' daughters, Grace (left) and Zoey, hold up a fish caught by his son, Gabriel.
August 10, 2018 10:00 pm Updated: August 21, 2018 11:55 am


Lieutenant Jason DeAngelis is taking over the reigns as DEC’s Region 4 Division of Law Enforcement ECO supervisor covering Columbia and Rensselear Counties.

Lt. Liza Bobseine, who has done an outstanding job in the zone across the river, has transferred to the Albany/Schenectady Zone.

Lt. DeAngelis was most recently an ECO in Montgomery County where he lived and worked out of Duanesburgh for 10 years until his promotion earlier this month. DeAngelis, 42, is married and the father of two girls and one boy. He enjoys taking the family fishing and camping.

Born and raised in Richmond County, the youngest of three brothers, DeAngelis joined his father and uncles in their avid pursuit of deer hunting and fishing. After years of hunting whitetail deer with them in the Catskills, DeAngelis has spent his time deer hunting in the Adirondacks for the past 15 years.

As a youth, he spent summers in Delaware County, roaming the woods of Deposit, scouting for deer and other game. He received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and biology and studied conservation and ecology in Botswana.

Lt. DeAngelis began his career in law enforcement in 2001 and was a New York City Police Officer for nearly three years. He was a graduate of NYPD’s “9/11” Academy. In 2003 he fulfilled his dream of becoming an ECO and graduated DEC’s 15th Basic Police Academy.

He was assigned as an ECO in Richmond County and after four years, transferred to the Montgomery/Schenectady County sector in 2007.

During his 10-plus years there, DeAngelis became the local ECO known for his concentration on significant fish and wildlife offenses as well as quality environmental arrests. One notable case in Montgomery County in 2011, involved the jacking of 10 buck deer. His persistence in the investigation, arrest and conviction of members of a deer jacking ring is a testament to his commitment to the fight against serious wildlife crime.

Always seeking ways to improve his capabilities to get the job done, he continued relevant training and became a member of the Division’s Chemical Immobilization Team (CIT).

I personally observed his expertise in that role as he successfully pulled off a difficult shot, tranquilizing the infamous “Albany Bear” back in 2013.

Lt. DeAngelis is a Division Firearms Instructor, a member of the Special Operations Group (SOG) and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). In 2015, then ECO DeAngelis was elected to be the Director of the ECO and Investigator Union. During his nearly three years as a PBA director, Lt. DeAngelis successfully lobbied for the heart bill and, most recently, succeeded in getting the ECO 3/4 Disability Bill passed in both houses awaiting the Governor’s signature to become law.

Fiercely independent and an ardent patriot who fully supports our fundamental right to hunt, fish, trap and use firearms in those and other pursuits, Lt. DeAngelis is a great fit for Columbia and Rensselear Counties.

Please join me as I congratulate Lt. Jason DeAngelis on his promotion. I urge your support for his success as he takes on the important role of ECO supervisor in Columbia and Rensselear Counties.

News and Notes

— The Catskill Mountain Fish & Game Club has trap shooting open to the public on Tuesdays starting at 6 p.m. at their club at 167 Hylan Road in Hunter. Cost is $10 per round of 25. For more information, call Bob Monteleone at 518-488-0240.

— Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS.

Happy hunting and fishing until next time.

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