Ex-state police official found dead in Orange Co. home

Officials in New Windsor are investigating the death of a former New York State police inspector who once headed security for Governors Pataki and Spitzer. The body of 48-year-old Gary Berwick was discovered by his daughter at their home on Red Maple Way Thursday. A state official confirms Berwick hanged himself with a rope and a suicide note was discovered near his body. According to published reports, Berwick had some involvement in the "Troopergate" scandal, where Spitzer had been accused of using state police to check travel records for Republican state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.In the suicide note, Berwick reportedly seemed troubled by other investigations of state police, including whether or not state troopers had any knowledge of Spitzer's use of prostitutes. A spokesperson for Governor David Paterson issued a statement that read, "The governor is saddened by this terrible tragedy. His thoughts and prayers are with the family.? Retired for several months, Berwick left a wife and three daughters.

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