Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WASHINGTON – Days after announcing a bipartisan bill to combat the opioid epidemic, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney will hold a telephone town hall on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00PM to discuss the heroin epidemic in the Hudson Valley.

Joined by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, TEAM Newburgh and Chauncey Parker, Director of the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Rep. Maloney will answer questions for constituents as well as discuss community resources and law enforcement resources available.

Last week, Rep. Maloney announced, in addition to securing $3.7 million for local organizations to combat substance abuse, three local health centers will receive nearly $1 million to combat opioid and heroin abuse in the Hudson Valley.

“We need all hands on deck – every community in the Hudson Valley has been hurt by the devastating heroin and opioid epidemic and as the father of two little girls I am struck by the toll this is taking on our children,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “I look forward to hearing from thousands of my neighbors about ways we can protect our children and make smart and strategic investments to get drugs off our streets, focus on prevention, and treat those who are struggling with addiction.”

Tens of thousands of residents from the 18th Congressional district will receive an invitation by telephone to participate in the conference call on Tuesday. Constituents in the 18th district can request an invitation in the following ways:

  • Calling Rep. Maloney’s Washington office at 202-225-5441
  • Visiting Rep. Maloney’s website to sign up

Participants will also be given the opportunity to leave a message with their questions or comments at the end of the call. For those unable to participate in the telephone town hall, questions or concerns can be sent to Representative Maloney by calling any of his offices in New York or Washington, by visiting his website at http://seanmaloney.house.gov

Recently, Rep. Maloney announced new bipartisan legislation with Rep. Richard Hanna to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic and stop mass incarceration of abusers and low-level drug offenders. By allowing police officers to use their discretion to divert individuals directly to treatment instead of booking them and processing them through the criminal justice system, these programs give police officers the flexibility they need to help curb the growing opioid epidemic, decrease low-level drug crime, and reduce the number of low-level drug related arrests. The Keeping Communities Safe Through Treatment Act would create a Department of Justice (DOJ) grant program to fund pre-booking drug diversion programs in counties designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) such as Putnam, Westchester, Orange and Dutchess Counties.

In 2016, Rep. Maloney has held three telephone town halls, including a telephone town hall focused on issues of importance to Hudson Valley seniors, and has hosted nearly a dozen “Speak with Sean” events in neighborhoods across the region.

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