Town Hall Meeting Concerning Opiate Abuse Informative/Well Attended

April 21, 2017

HORNELL, NY – Deputy Mayor John Buckley teamed with Senator Tom O’Mara to conduct a town hall meeting on the dangers of an opioid epidemic sweeping our community. Many people spoke in the packed VFW banquet room with the meeting lasting over two hours.

Main speakers were Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray, O’Mara, Hornell resident and Trinity Rehabilitation CEO Ann Domingo, Buckley, special guest and former addict Marisa accompanied by her mother.

O’Mara, a member of the Joint New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, said, “It’s important to keep hearing directly from the local front lines in fighting this statewide heroin crisis.”

O’Mara said he appreciates John Buckley’s commitment and leadership on helping the city of Hornell join the state and federal governments to help respond to this crisis with the most effective combination of law enforcement, awareness and education, and treatment and prevention.

Good news from O’Mara was the 2017-2018 state budgets includes nearly $215 million to continue to enhance the state’s heroin and opioid addiction prevention, treatment, recovery, and education services.

Below are videos of the main speakers and their messages to the public in attendance.

Hornell Mayoral Candidate John Buckley’s Intro:

Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray:

Senator Tom O’Mara:

Trinity of Bradford CEO Ann Domingo:

Former Addict and Special Guest Marisa from Addison:

And Finally Domingo and Buckley on Getting Help:

Notable others in attendance who had something to share were Dr. Stoner Horey; Fire Chief Dan Smith; Common Council members Norm McCumiskey and Jessica Cleveland; Attorney and Town Justice Chauncey Watches; HHS Superintendent Doug Wyant; along with numerous teachers and fireman.