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More than 200 new troopers graduated from the New York State Police Academy's basic school Wednesday. 

Four Cayuga County residents were among more than 200 new troopers who graduated from the New York State Police Academy's Basic School Wednesday. 

Three of the new troopers hail from Auburn: Anthony Butera, Jamie Cuff and Thomas Giannettino Jr. The Auburnians have been assigned to Troop C, which covers a seven-county area in central New York and the Southern Tier. 

Shawn Mercer, of Cato, has been assigned to Troop D. The troop is comprised of several counties, including Onondaga, in central and northern New York. 

The 228 new state troopers were recognized at the graduation ceremony Wednesday in Albany. They completed the 208th session of the New York State Police Academy's Basic School. 

To graduate, the troopers needed to complete more than six months of academic, physical and tactical training. 

"I am honored to congratulate our new members and welcome them to the most prestigious and well-respected law enforcement agency in the nation," State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett said. "I am confident that you will carry on the traditions of the long gray line with reverence and pride." 

A handful of awards were presented at the ceremony. Trooper John Richichi, 26, of Middletown, was selected as the class representative. Richichi is a SUNY Orange graduate, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and New York Army National Guard pilot. 

The Investigator Joseph T. Aversa Physical Fitness Award was given to Trooper Jonathan Pupillo, 26, of Watertown. Pupillo had the highest physical agility score of the graduating members. 

Trooper Patrick O'Connor, 33, of Cornwall, won the Academic Achievement Award. He had an average of 98.3% during the academy training program. 

Trooper Jameson Canning, 30, of Mineola, scored 250 out of a possible 250 points during firearms training to win the Firearms Proficiency Award. Canning is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

"I commend these new troopers for their commitment to public service and protecting the people of New York state," Gov. Andrew 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." 

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