Former Schenectady Police Chief Greg Kaczmarek Indicted On Felony Drug Distribution Charges

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 25, 2008) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the indictment of former Schenectady Police Chief Gregory Kaczmarek and his wife for taking part in a highly organized narcotics distribution organization that operated in the Capital District and was supplied from Long Island. In an indictment unsealed by Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago today, a Grand Jury charged Gregory Kaczmarek, 56, and his wife Lisa Kaczmarek, 48, both of Roma Street in Schenectady, with having participated in a cocaine and marijuana drug distribution ring run by Kerry “Slim” Kirkem, 40, of VanVranken Ave. in Schenectady and Guideboard Road in Waterford.

Today’s indictment supersedes a May 2008 indictment that charged 24 defendants, including Lisa Kaczmarek, with being involved in a highly organized narcotic distribution network that brought cocaine and marijuana from Long Island to Schenectady. The Kaczmareks were arraigned this morning in Schenectady County Court. Bail was set for Gregory Kaczmarek at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond and continued at the same amount for Lisa Kaczmarek. Gregory Kaczmarek was the Chief of Police for the City of Schenectady Police Department from 1996 to 2002.