CAIRO — About 400 people marched down Main Street in Cairo on Sunday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement.

The Back the Blue rally brought men and women from the Capital Region to the Mid-Hudson Valley and to Cairo, said organizers Heather Bier of Cornwallville and Monica Kenny-Keff of Cairo.

“This needed to happen, the morale at police departments is at an all time low,” Bier said. “We wanted to remind them that people here respect what they do.”

The marchers gathered at the Hannaford Plaza before heading down Main Street at about 2:15 p.m. to the Cairo firehouse.

The march included cars and trucks, golf carts and ATVs, an antique Army vehicle, Windham ambulance and a horse.

Following the march, which lasted about 20 minutes, various elected officials spoke to the crowd, including Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102, Greene County Sheriff Pete Kusminsky, Richard Amedure, who is running for the seat in the 46th state Senate District, and Kyle Van de Water, who is running on the Republican ticket in the 19th congressional district.

During the ceremony, Monica Kenny-Keff and her husband, Chris Keff, presented a Blue Line Old Glory flag to Kusminsky and Capt. Tracey Quinn of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

“Today went absolutely perfect. There were so many more than we imagined would attend. We were all united behind our police and were passionate, yet peaceful,” Kenny-Keff said.

She has family members in law enforcement.

“I am so blown away at the response; we were expecting a few dozen people,” Bier said. Her daughter plans to enter the law enforcement field.

The rally was promoted on social media, on flyers and by word of mouth, Bier said.

Security and traffic control were provided by Cairo Police, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and state police. Main Street was closed between the Hannaford Plaza and Railroad Avenue during the march.

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(4) comments

scottmyers

That’s a really white crowd, and way too few masks. Imagine if you are black and see “law enforcement” = only white people. Come on folks. Law enforcement isn’t just for whites.

Rory Van Deusen

So why is it that there are few blacks on local police/sheriff's departments. Right away I can think of three.

1) Few blacks apply

2) The blacks that do apply fail to pass back ground checks, fail to pass the civil service exams, fail to pass physicals, etc, etc!

3) Hate police!

Police/Sheriff's departments are not an exclusive club. There are as many white people as there are blacks that do not meet the qualifications to become police officers/sheriff deputies. Don't blame on "systemic racial issues" in Greene County.

jdh

Racism ^

Rory Van Deusen

Something positive in Greene County for a change. I'm glad there were no counter marchers which happened in Albany. Keep it going. Every small town should have a back the blue march. I wish that I could have attended. 38 year veteran LEO!

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