Governor Andrew M. Cuomo congratulated 228 new State Troopers as they graduated Wednesday, July 24, from the 208th session of the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy. Their graduation comes after more than six months of intensive academic, physical, and tactical training. "I commend these new Troopers for their commitment to public service and protecting the people of New York State," Governor Cuomo said. "These men and women have worked and trained extremely hard, and with the graduation of this class, we will continue to make New York a safer place for those who live, work and travel here." "There is no greater or more noble calling than protecting and serving the people of this state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at today's graduation ceremony. "I'm honored to recognize the more than 220 selfless men, women and veteran graduates who will work every day to keep New York safe. Congratulations to the 208th graduating class, and thank you for your brave service and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others." "Today we introduce a new generation of highly trained men and women who will serve and protect the citizens of New York State with honor and dignity," said New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. "The members of the 208th Basic School have endured months of vigorous classwork and training, and this graduation ceremony is a celebration of their sacrifice, perseverance and dedication. I am honored to congratulate our new members and welcome them to the most prestigious and well-respected law enforcement agency in the nation. I am confident that you will carry on the traditions of the long gray line with reverence and pride."