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Officer Marie AbrahamEast Greenbush Central School District has hired Officer Marie Abraham from the East Greenbush Police Department to be the new school resource officer at Columbia High School. Officer Abraham, who officially started on Thursday, succeeds Officer Jay Martyn who was recently promoted to sergeant in the police department.

“I’m excited to make a difference in the lives of our students,” Officer Abraham said. “I want them to know they can come to my office at any time to talk about a problem they are having or an issue they are concerned about.”

Officer Abraham started her law enforcement career in 2011 in the City of Mechanicville. While serving in Mechanicville, Officer Abraham also worked as a campus public safety supervisor for the University Heights Association, which serves Albany Law School, Albany Medical Center, Albany College of Pharmacy and The Sage Colleges. She worked as an investigator for the NYS Justice Center, a domestic violence counselor for the Unity House in Troy and an educator for the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in Schenectady.

In her new role at Columbia, Officer Abraham will ensure a safe and healthy school climate, and serve as a resource for all district schools on topics such as bullying, drug education, stranger safety and social media safety.

Marie Abraham hands out stickers at a community event

Marie Abraham hands out stickers at a recent community event.

“I am confident that Officer Abraham will provide effective support for our students and make significant contributions to our school safety program,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. “Upon Officer Martyn’s promotion we are grateful to the East Greenbush Police Department and Chief Rudzinski for the swiftness with which they filled this vital position with a well qualified individual.”

Officer Abraham will be at Columbia on school days from arrival to dismissal. She has met with school administrators, teachers and staff this week, and been a presence in the hallways during class transitions.

“Officer Abraham has been very active in the building for the first two days making connections with our students and staff,” said Columbia Principal Michael Harkin. “We are excited to continue our collaborative relationship with the East Greenbush Police Department.”

Officer Abraham has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice.