Works with Murphy, Byrne, Local Police and Schools to Create Distracted Driving Program

Mahopac, NY – According to statistics compiled by the Department of Transportation, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from 2015. Of this total, 3,450 were attributed to distracted driving deaths. Studies show that young drivers under age 20 are not only texters, they are also responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes and comprise up to 27% of the drivers in fatal crashes caused by distracted driving.

When Alexandria Conlin, a recent Mahopac High School graduate, read these statistics she became determined to find a way to influence her peers to drive safe and distraction free.

Conlin contacted Senator Terrence Murphy to talk with him about developing an awareness campaign. Enlisting the help of Senator Murphy, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Chief Michael Cazarri of the Carmel Police Department, and Mahopac High School teacher and Driver’s Education Instructor Michael Douma, Conlin created an awareness campaign entitled “Be Distraction Free – Behind the Wheel.”

“As a relatively new driver, I am very aware of people driving when they are distracted, particularly while texting,” said Conlin. “My generation and even older generations are very dependent on their smartphones. Good habits need to be developed now that will keep phones from distracting drivers while they are behind the wheel. Just taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds could change your life and other people’s lives forever. Accidents can be prevented if everyone would just focus on their driving. Whatever it is, it can wait.”

“We need to keep our hands off the phone and on the wheel,” said Senator Murphy. “Statistics show there are more distracted driving accidents than accidents involving drunk driving. Alexandria did a great job in creating a program that will not only reach adults but parents and seniors as well. At the end of the day, this is about saving lives.”

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne spoke to Conlin about the dangers of distracted driving and how it had affected him personally. The night after he received the endorsement to run for the Assembly, he was involved in a horrific head-on collision caused by a distracted driver. Thankfully, the Assemblyman’s injuries were not life-threatening.

“Distracted driving, whether it be from lack of sleep, texting, or checking social media on your phone, is quickly becoming one of the biggest contributors to auto accidents in the country,” said Assemblyman Byrne. “We need to give law enforcement the tools they need to enforce the law, and we must do our best to ensure drivers understand ‘hands off the phone, hands on the wheel, and eyes on the road!'”

Michael Cazzari, Carmel Chief of Police stated, “Young people need to realize taking their eyes off the road for just a few seconds to answer a text could cost them their lives.”

Mahopac High School teacher and Driver’s Ed instructor Michael Douma has an equally succinct message for drivers: “Put your phone away and live to see another day.”

Conlin worked on the program as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award for Driver Awareness. Chief Cazzari supplied Conlin with statistics on the number of accidents over the past two years and the number of people pulled over while using their phones.

The Driver’s Ed program at Mahopac High School agreed to let Conlin give students pledge cards at the beginning of their program. The students will also fill out a survey at the end of their program. Conlin is also distributing bookmarks, posters, brochures, pledge cards, and surveys to local Driver’s Ed programs and libraries to promote her campaign.

While conducting her research, Conlin learned that Evan Lieberman, a New Castle teenager, had lost his life due to a distracted driving accident in Westchester County. Lieberman’s death prompted Senator Murphy to sponsor Senate Bill S6325A, “Evan’s Law,” which would provide a method for field testing mobile telephones and portable electronic devices after an accident or collision. The bill would be the first in the nation of its kind. A second bill sponsored by Senator Murphy, S8467, would give police and district attorneys the right to request the cell phone records of drivers involved in accidents. Unfortunately, the bills did not pass. Variations of these bills may be reintroduced in January or future legislation may focus more on distracted driving.

One bill, S478B, sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta was signed into law Sept 13, 2017. The bill allows the New York City Department of Transportation to study and report on its efforts to educate pedestrians and drivers about the dangers of pedestrians being distracted by mobile devices.

Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program Reaches New Heights in Brewster

Brewster, NY – Over the past two years, deaths from drug overdoses jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin. Medicines languishing in homes have become starter kits for young drug abusers and valuable cash cows for dealers. To help address this issue, Senator Terrence Murphy created “Shed the Meds,” a highly successful prescription drug drop-off program that has taken more than 5,000 pounds of potentially deadly drugs out of people’s medicine cabinets and off the streets.

Senator Murphy hosted his final summer “Shed the Meds” prescription drop-off program for 2018 at the Brewster Fire Department on September 6th, partnering with Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Putnam County, the Village of Brewster, the Brewster Police Department, and Drug Crisis in Our Backyard.

Within an hour, local residents had turned in enough prescription drugs to fill an extra large trash bag. By the end of the day, two more trash bags brimming with discarded drugs were filled, making the Brewster Shed the Meds one of Murphy’s most successful take-back events.

“The cost in human lives of prescription medications ruining our communities is staggering,”said Senator Murphy. “We have been doing this program for four years. Judging by today’s turnout, our message is getting through. We are making a difference.”

Assemblyman Byrne commented, “I know the drug crisis is a very important issue that Senator Murphy is passionate about. We have seen it in the legislation he has introduced and has fought tirelessly for. Shed the Meds has helped protect families by keeping drugs away from children and addicts who would abuse or attempt to resell them, and also helped protect the environment.”

Brewster answers Murphys last call to shed their meds2

“Most people know what’s in their medicine cabinets. What they don’t know is the danger; that they’re flirting with disaster by keeping their old drugs where children can find them,” said Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo. “By bringing these medications in, residents can be assured they’ve done their part to help make the community safer.”

Susan Salomone, Executive Director and co-founder of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard stated, “Thank you, Senator Murphy, for caring about the communities and families affected by addiction. You have helped change the conversation about addiction by making it a priority to increase awareness, education, and treatment. You are singlehandedly making a difference by bringing people and organizations together in the fight against the opioid epidemic.”

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard and CoveCare Center have initiated the Family Support Navigator Program designed to assist families and individuals residing in Westchester and Putnam Counties who are struggling with substance abuse disorder by providing information on available resources that are vital to recovery. The program provides free services at the individuals or family’s choice of location. For more information, contact Nilda Nieves, Family Support Navigator, or Susan Salomone, CASAC, Resource Manager, at 845-225-2700, Ext. 245.

This year, Senator Murphy hosted Shed the Meds programs in Carmel, Mount Kisco, Somers, Pawling, Yorktown, and Brewster in conjunction with the towns, local police, and numerous community-based drug prevention and treatment centers, including Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, the Mt. Kisco Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Council, Somers Partners in Prevention, Alliance for Safe Kids, and the Pawling Council on Addiction Prevention Education.

Westchester County Superior Corrections Officers Association & Corrections Benevolent Association cite strong record of delivering for local correction officers

VALHALLA, NY – Since taking office in 2015 State Senator Terrence Murphy has been a leading voice on the floor of the State Senate for the men and women of law enforcement. The men and women who serve Westchester County as correction officers are no exception and endorsed Senator Murphy’s re-election bid on Wednesday afternoon. Working together, Senator Murphy has delivered critical funding to improve safety within the Westchester County prison as well as advance legislative initiatives pertinent to correction officers in Westchester County and across New York State.

State Senator Terrence Murphy accepted the endorsement saying, “Thank you so much to the Westchester County Superior Officers and the Westchester County Correction’s Benevolent Association. We should never forget about our correction officers who are the people taking care of our some of our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Two prominent law enforcement unions tap Murphy for reelection2

Bruce Donnelly, President of the Westchester County Superior Corrections Officers Association said, “We as correction officers proudly stand in support of State Senator Terrence Murphy. No one works harder for the residents of the 40th Senate District and no one has done more to show their support for law enforcement. He has answered the call time and again, whether with funding for safety equipment or support legislatively. Senator Murphy is a true public servant and we look forward to working with him for another term in the State Senate.”

Alonzo West, President of the Westchester County Corrections Benevolent Association added, “We proudly endorse Senator Murphy’s re-election campaign. From combating the heroin epidemic, to delivering the Hudson Valley’s first Center of Excellence, he has proven to be a leader not just for Westchester County, but for New York State. His support of law enforcement is unprecedented and we thank him for all he has done and will continue to do for the law enforcement community.”

Senator Murphy has already garnered numerous endorsements including:

Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Asbestos Workers Local 91
Boilermakers Local 5
Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
Bridge & Structural Steel Painters Local 806
Building and Construction Trades Council of New York State AFL-CIO
Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
Civil Service Employees Association of New York State Local 1000
Civil Service Employees Association of Westchester County Local 9200
Council of Administrators & Supervisors
Detectives Endowment Association
Elevator Constructors Local 1
Empire State Supervisors & Administrators Association
Fire Marshal Benevolent Association of Nassau County
Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO
IAFF Local 2956 Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters
IAFF Local 628 Yonkers Fire
IBEW Electrical Workers Local 3
IBEW Electrical Workers Local 363
IBEW Electrical Workers Local 363
Iron Workers Local 40
Iron Workers Local 417
Ironworkers Local 197 Derrickmen and Riggers
IUOE Operating Engineers Local 137
IUOE Operating Engineers Local 15
IUOE Operating Engineers Local 30
IUPAT Local 262 Operative Plasterers
IUPAT Local 7 Title, Marble & Terrazzo
IUPAT Local 8A-28A Metal Polishers
IUPAT Local Union 1087 Glaziers
IUPAT Painters District Council 9
LiUNA Local 235 Building Laborers
LiUNA Local 60 Road Laborers
LiUNA Local 669 Road Sprinkler Fitters
Mason Tenders District Council Of Greater New York & Long Island
Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
MTA Police Benevolent Association
Nassau County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association Inc.
Nassau County Police Medic Association Inc.
Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association
New York City Uniformed Fire Officers Local 854 AFL-CIO
New York State AFL-CIO
New York State Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers
New York State Laborers Union
New York State Nurses Association
New York State Pipe Trades Association
New York State Public Employees Federation
New York State Troopers PBA
Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Painters District Council 9
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
PBA of NYS
Police Conference of New York
Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 JATC
Suffolk County Correction Officers Association
Supreme Court Officers Association
Teamsters Joint Council 16
Teamsters Local 456
Teamsters Local 813
Teamsters Local 814
UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
UBC Millwright & Machinery Erectors Local Union 740
UBCJA Local 1456 Dockbuilders
UBCJA Local 2287 Resilient Floor Coverers
UFA of Greater New York (FDNY) Local 94 IAFF
Unfiromed EMS Officers Union, L ocal 3621 – FDNY
Uniformed EMT’s, Paramedics and Inspectors Local 2507 FDNY
Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatcers Benevolent Association FDNY
United Cement Masons Union Local 780
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 8
Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association
Westchester County Correction Superior Officers Benevolent Association
Westchester County PBA
Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO
Yonkers PBA

Mount Kisco, NY – George Rubin, Sr. has always been a quiet, humble man who has never sought the spotlight. He would be the last person to brag about his incredible 70-year record of service as a firefighter for the Mount Kisco Independent Fire Department. So a group of awed elected officials, grateful guests, and proud family members gathered at the fire department on September 4 to salute Rubin and reflect on his amazing life.

Senator Terrence Murphy, an avid supporter of firefighters and fire responders, led the elected officials honoring the 98-year-old Mount Kisco resident, and presented him with a proclamation in recognition of his dedicated service. Among the other honored speakers and guests were Westchester County Legislator Kitley Covill, Assemblyman David Buchwald, Mount Kisco Mayor Gina Picinich, Mount Kisco Deputy Mayor and Trustee Jean Farber, Mount Kisco Trustee Ise Albanese, and Robert Outhouse, President of the Westchester County Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Rubin’s wife, Jackie, and sons George Jr., Thomas and James were on hand to celebrate their patriarch’s lifetime of achievements.

“George Rubin is a man we can all admire and follow as an example of how a person can lead a meaningful life,” said Senator Murphy. “He served his country, helped raise five children and provided for his family. He served his second family, the Independent Fire Company, for seventy years, protecting the lives and property of the residents of Mount Kisco and the surrounding communities. He is a selfless, kind, generous man who passed these qualities onto his children. He can take pride in knowing that his family has continued his legacy by following in his footsteps in serving the community as firefighters.”

George Rubin Jr., Rubin’s oldest son said, “I want to thank Senator Murphy, Assemblyman Buchwald, Westchester County Legislator Covill and Mayor Picinich for honoring my dad on his 70 years of service with the Mt Kisco Fire Department, plus his serving 8 years in Matawan New Jersey before coming to Mt Kisco. I also want to thank my good friend and fellow firefighter John Marshall for organizing this prestigious event. He is a master at coordinating events such as this. I’m very proud to be one of the few third-generation firefighter families in the Independent Fire Company. To have all three generations here, alive and well is an even greater honor.”

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The New York state AFL-CIO, a federation of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state, representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families has endorsed State Senator Terrence Murphy for re-election. Senator Murphy’s dedication to his blue collar roots earned him the nod once again and comes on the heels of news that his Senate seat is considered a “Safe Republican” seat by two major state political forecasters.

AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said, “The New York State AFL-CIO is proud to support Senator Terence Murphy. As the son of a longtime union member and labor leader, Senator Murphy understands the values and priorities of working men and women. He has demonstrated his commitment to issues important to the labor movement by sponsoring a “public works” bill, a priority of the state federation that would ensure workers are properly paid and basic labor standards are followed. Senator Murphy has fought hard for workers and we look forward to working hard for him by engaging and educating our members to re-elect Terence Murphy to the 40th Senate District.”

No contest AFL CIO backs Murphy for State Senate2

“For too long, workers have been left behind by politicians in Washington and Albany who give out corporate welfare tax-breaks to multinational corporations, as they automate and offshore jobs to make a quick buck,” Senator Murphy said. “As the son of a labor leader, that will never, ever be me. This is one of, if not the most significant endorsements a candidate can earn, and I’m proud to stand with the State AFL-CIO, the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation and the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body as we work together to keep workplaces safe, protect worker’s wellbeing and their ability to make a living for themselves and their families.”

One of the AFL-CIO’s top priorities, to bring state reciprocity for debarments under federal David Bacon, was authored and passed into law by Senator Murphy this year. He voted for paid family leave, and is also the sponsor of the bill that would finally define “public work” which would ensure workers are properly paid based on their assigned project.

Thomas Carey, President of the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO said, “We are more than happy to support Senator Murphy because he is a true friend of labor. He has never forgotten where he came from and has been an incredible advocate for the hardworking men and women of Westchester, Putnam and all of New York State.”

Ron Diaz, President of Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO and Business Manager of UA21 said, “Under Senator Terrence Murphy, District 40, he has delivered real change for working and middle class families. Mr. Murphy worked tirelessly on a bill that defined Public Works. This November, we proudly support State Senator Murphy in his re-election.”

Billy Riccardo, President of the CSEA Southern Region and Executive Vice President of the Hudson Valley AFL-CIO added, “Labor is proud to stand with Senator Murphy, who has a proven record as a staunch advocate and partner of working men and women in our state since being elected to the New York State Senate in 2014.”

The AFL-CIO joins over a dozen other organizations that have already endorsed Senator Murphy who recognize that he has earned a third term and is likely to be re-elected. Last week, the Albany Times Union called Murphy’s 40th Senate District seat “safe.” The publication City & State has also rated Murphy’s seat as “safe Republican.”

Nonetheless, Murphy says that as a candidate, he is not resting on his laurels. He ran as an underdog in 2014 yet earned the majority of union endorsements through his work as a local councilman in Yorktown. He won by 14 points in a race that most predicted would be paper thin. He followed up in 2016 by garnering almost every union endorsement possible and went on to win by a staggering 20 point margin.

“I plan to continue working just as hard as ever before but it will be a lot easier with the hundreds of AFL-CIO volunteers that will be helping us in the weeks ahead,” Murphy added. “My Dad always said show me your friends and I’ll tell you the kind of person you are. Well, he would be damn proud to see the AFL-CIO standing behind me.”

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Senator Murphy has already garnered numerous endorsements including:

  • Asbestos Workers Local 91
  • Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
  • Bridge & Structural Steel Painter’s Local 806
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters
  • United Cement Masons’ Uion Local 780
  • Dockbuildes Local 1456
  • IBEW Local 3
  • IBEW Local 363
  • Elevator Constructors Local 1
  • Glaziers Local Union 1087
  • Iron Workers Local 40
  • Iron Workers Local 417
  • Building Laborers’ Local 235
  • Road Laborers LIUNA Local 60
  • Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
  • Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A
  • Millrights local 740
  • IUOE Local 30
  • IUOE Local 15
  • Painters District Council 9
  • Operative Plasterers’ Local 262
  • UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
  • Resillient Floor Coverers Local 2287
  • Derrickmen and Riggers Local 197
  • Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
  • Roofers & Waterproofers Local 8
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 JATC
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
  • Teamsters Local 813
  • Teamsters Local 814
  • Title, Marble & Terrazzo Local 7
  • The MTA PBA
  • The Detective’s Endowment Association
  • Police Conference of New York
  • CSEA
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York State Troopers
  • Westchester County PBA
  • Yonkers PBA
  • The Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester
  • The Uniformed Fire Officers Association
  • New York State Pipe Trades
  • Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
  • Boilermakers Local 5
  • Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters
  • IUOE Local 137
  • Teamsters Local 456

Pleasantville, NY – Marble Avenue, the main thoroughfare that runs through Mount Pleasant and Pleasantville, took a tremendous beating last winter. Potholes resembling World War I foxholes appeared, threating to rupture tires, misalign alignments and stress out drivers. Senator Terrence Murphy and local elected officials were inundated with pleas to fix the well-traveled road. Senator Murphy responded by securing $300,000 to make Marble Avenue a pleasant and safe ride once again.

On August 26, Senator Murphy surprised Mt. Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi with a check for $150,000 to repair the Mt. Pleasant section of Marble Avenue. The presentation was part of the Fifth Annual Mt. Pleasant Day Fair, one of the busiest and most anticipated local events of the year.

“I have been working closely with Supervisor Fulgenzi, County Legislator Cunzio, and the Town Board to secure funding to fulfill the goal of revitalizing Mt. Pleasant’s downtown area,” said Senator Murphy. “I’m here today to add another piece to the puzzle by presenting the Town of Mt. Pleasant with $150,000 to help get rid of the potholes along Marble Avenue.”

Murphys grant gives Marble Ave 300k facelift2

Mt. Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi stated, “The safety of our roads and infrastructure is directly tied to our economic growth and quality of life. Marble Avenue is a busy main road that serves as a gateway through Mt. Pleasant. Thousands of commuters, businesses and school children use it every day. I look forward to seeing the positive effect this repaving project has on the community.”

On August 30, Senator Murphy presented Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer with a check for $150,000. The money will finance repairs to Marble Avenue along the stretch of road that runs through Pleasantville. Westchester County Legislator Margaret Cunzio, Pleasantville Village Manager Eric Morrissey, and Jeffrey Econom, P.E., Superintendent of Public Works for Pleasantville, were on hand to celebrate funding for the long-anticipated project.

Senator Murphy noted, “Right now there are a lot of plates on the road and it’s a rough ride. The repaving should commence soon and be completed by the end of the year. This is all about improving everyone’s quality of life.”

“It’s a ninety-plus degree day today but getting $150,000 to fix Marble Avenue is very cool. This is wonderful news for our town,” said Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer. “I can’t say enough good things about Senator Murphy and Legislator Cunzio, who are strong advocates for us in Albany and in Westchester County. Residents and commuters will be very pleased with the results of this project. This will be money well spent.”

Westchester County Legislator Margaret Cunzio stated, “This is something people will see. It’s tangible and it will make a big difference in everyone’s commute.”

Mt. Kisco, NY – August was a particularly festive month at the Fox Senior Center with a whopping 72 seniors celebrating their birthdays. Senator Terrence Murphy recently dropped in to visit the seniors and wish them a happy birthday.

Senator Murphy said, “It’s always a pleasure to come to the Fox Senior Center. Recreation Supervisor Liz Dieter and the staff have a full and exciting schedule of events that benefit the senior’s physical, social, spiritual, emotional well-being. They know how to make birthdays a special occasion for everyone at the Center. Happy birthday to all the seniors celebrating this month. I’m looking forward to coming back and cutting the birthday cake in September.”

“I think it’s great that Senator Murphy would take the time to visit and speak with all of us,” said Ann Lakin, who happily wore her birthday badge. “It shows he cares about seniors and the people he serves.”

Fox Center seniors get Happy Birthday wishes from Senator Murphy2

Birthday girl Agnes Palumbo added, “This is a wonderful celebration. The older you get, the more grateful you are to even have a birthday. I’m fortunate to have a loving family and great friends here at the Center who care about each other.”

The Fox Senior Center is the home of the Mount Kisco Senior Recreation Group and the Mount Kisco Senior Nutrition Program. The Center provides a wide variety of intellectual and recreational opportunities, including wellness and exercise classes, workshops, health screenings, computer classes, cultural arts celebrations and intergenerational partnerships.

School Buys 30 New Chromebooks with $10,000 State Grant

Thornwood, NY – Although he doesn’t consider himself an expert in computer technology, when Senator Terrence Murphy walked into the computer lab at Columbus Elementary School this week he knew he was seeing the future of education. Thanks to Senator Murphy’s $10,000 grant, the school was able to purchase 30 new Chromebooks that will enhance their learning experience in advance of the coming school year.

“These students are at the age where they have a thirst for education. Chromebooks are a cutting-edge tool that will feed their minds and imaginations,” said Senator Murphy. “We have come a long way from slide rules to laptops to Chromebooks. This is a competitive world. We have to give students every advantage to succeed. I’m happy to have provided funding for the new Chromebooks and look forward to receiving my first lesson in how they work from one of the students.”

Principal Michael Cunzio said, “The new Chromebooks will allow our students to gather and share information more easily. They will also provide easier access for teachers to be able to monitor the student’s work. We appreciate Senator Murphy’s efforts to help our students. The Chromebooks will help us in our foremost goal this year – and every year – to make our student’s learning experience at Columbus Elementary School a truly meaningful one.”

Principal Cunzio and Assistant Principal Theresa Outhouse gave the Senator and County Legislator Margaret Cunzio a lesson in the advantages of Chromebooks in the classroom. Chromebooks are already dominating in the education space, making up roughly 60% of computers used in schools across the nation. Unlike laptops, Chromebooks can boot up in 8 seconds. They can access apps and documents that are saved on the cloud rather than a hard drive, which means the students do not need to worry about backing up files.

County Legislator Margaret Cunzio added, “Chromebooks have been helping students make great strides in their education. Everything is pretty well laid out and intuitive, which makes them the perfect education aide for young people.”

A part of the Mt. Pleasant School District, Columbus Elementary serves over 470 students from grades 3-5. The School’s motto, “Educating all children for the future,” is reflected in their commitment to building student’s self-esteem, enhancing their creativity and individuality, and developing healthy lifestyles. The school prides itself on providing a safe, nurturing environment for students to have the opportunity to become productive, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens.

Pawling, NY – Overdoses have replaced suicide as the number one cause of death in America for people under 50 years old. Another sobering fact: four out of five new heroin users started out by misusing prescription painkillers. It seems that even keeping prescription medicines under lock and key has not deterred the rise of opioid overdoses.

From the moment he entered office in 2014, Senator Terrence Murphy has been in the forefront of the battle to eliminate opioid abuse. In conjunction with the Town of Pawling, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and the Council on Addiction and Prevention, Senator Murphy brought his Shed the Meds Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program to the Pawling Town Hall on August 30. The program has been successful in many communities throughout the 40th Senate District, taking more than 5,000 pounds of potentially dangerous drugs out of people’s medicine cabinets.

“You would think that because we live in such an affluent area that prescription drug abuse wouldn’t exist at all,” said Senator Murphy. “But addiction doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, and it doesn’t discriminate. We can help take control of the drug epidemic by removing drugs that could wind up in the hands of dealers or accidentally ingested by a child. The prescription drugs we collect at Shed the Meds are all safely destroyed by law enforcement. It’s a program that’s helping to save lives.”

Pawling residents respond to appalling opioid crisis through Murphys shed the meds program2

Pawling Town Supervisor James Schmitt stated, “We had a great turnout for Shed the Meds. Residents in Pawling are well informed. They know the dangers involved with keeping powerful opioids in their home. We also have some beautiful lakes here. We don’t want people ruining our lakes or our drinking water by disposing their drugs improperly. Having a Shed the Meds event here reinforced our determination to keep our waterways clean.”

The next and final summer Shed the Meds will be held at the Brewster Fire Department, 1657 Main Street, on Thursday, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, contact Senator Murphy’s District Office at 914-962-2624.

Briarcliff Manor, NY – The Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam represents more than two dozen construction unions and more than 30,000 members. Viewed as the preeminent voice for local infrastructure, local jobs and local workers, the Council formally endorsed State Senator Terrence Murphy as he mounts a run for reelection this November citing his legislative accomplishments and willingness to work with anyone to provide all working class families with an opportunity to succeed.

Senator Murphy said, “I am truly humbled by today’s endorsement. Since first taking office in 2015 I have been willing to work with anyone to get New Yorkers working again. We have invested record funds to improve our infrastructure including our local roads and clean drinking water. Most importantly, after years of trying, we finally passed the Davis Bacon Act that keeps unscrupulous employers out of New York. This ensures our workers are being hired by the best companies who keep them safe and pay them a fair wage.”

Senator Murphy’s blue collar roots have remained steadfast during his time in the New York State Senate. His Dad, Jack Murphy, was a business agent for UWUA Local 1-2 for more than 20 years. In 2016, Senator Murphy’s committment to local working class families was affirmed by the record amount of labor support he had received including the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam.

Ed Doyle, President of the Building & Trades Council said, “We need to send Senator Murphy back to Albany to make sure we have someone looking out for the working men and women of Westchester and the Hudson Valley. He has stood with us on the picket lines and on the issues that protect our families. We are proud to endorse him and look forward to another two years in Albany.”

Lou Picani, President of Teamsters Local 456 added, “Senator Murphy is a true leader standing behind organized labor. He is the only person in this race who has produced for the hardworking men and women of organized labor. Senator Murphy has always been there for us and we will be there for him.”

Thomas Carey, President of the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO said, “We are more than happy to support Senator Murphy because he is a true friend of labor. He has never forgotten where he came from and has been an incredible advocate for the hardworking men and women of Westchester, Putnam and all of New York State.”

Jeff Loughlin, Business Manager for IUOE Local 137 said, “The first time I met Senator Murphy was on a picket line in the pouring rain. Working men and women know they can count on him to fight for our families. We are proud to stand with him and provide strong support for his reelection efforts.

Senator Murphy has already garnered numerous endorsements including:

  • Asbestos Workers Local 91
  • Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
  • Bridge & Structural Steel Painter’s Local 806
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters
  • United Cement Masons’ Uion Local 780
  • Dockbuildes Local 1456
  • IBEW Local 3
  • IBEW Local 363
  • Elevator Constructors Local 1
  • Glaziers Local Union 1087
  • Iron Workers Local 40
  • Iron Workers Local 417
  • Building Laborers’ Local 235
  • Road Laborers LIUNA Local 60
  • Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers
  • Local 46
  • Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A
  • Millrights local 740
  • IUOE Local 30
  • IUOE Local 15
  • Painters District Council 9
  • Operative Plasterers’ Local 262
  • UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
  • Resillient Floor Coverers Local 2287
  • Derrickmen and Riggers Local 197
  • Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
  • Roofers & Waterproofers Local 8
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 JATC
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
  • Teamsters Local 813
  • Teamsters Local 814
  • Title, Marble & Terrazzo Local 7
  • The MTA PBA
  • The Detective’s Endowment Association
  • Police Conference of New York
  • CSEA
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York State Troopers
  • Westchester County PBA
  • Yonkers PBA
  • The Affiliated Police Associations of
  • Westchester
  • The Uniformed Fire Officers Association
  • New York State Pipe Trades
  • Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
  • Boilermakers Local 5
  • Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters
  • IUOE Local 137
    • Teamsters Local 456