Statement on New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Hearing by Julie Killian, Candidate for New York State SD-37 Seat
New York State Senate candidate and former Rye Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Julie Killian (R-Rye) made the following statement after attending the New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction hearing at Pace University last night:
"My deepest condolences are with the families who lost their children to accidental overdoses at 'sober living homes' and the dedicated professionals working in substance abuse every day who testified at last night's hearing. Having advocated in the area of substance abuse for many years, I know first-hand that each story is unique, but what they all have in common is that substance abuse and the complicated issues that surround it are horrific for the victims and their families, and the challenges often feel simply insurmountable.
"It is government's role to help lift that burden. That is why I am running for the Senate: to fight for Westchester’s fair share of funding for prevention, treatment and recovery services so that other local families will not have to go through the heartbreak of losing loved ones to addiction.
"I applaud the efforts of Senator Terrence Murphy and the New York Senate for their Sober Living Home legislation to improve government regulation of these treatment centers to ensure that our loved ones remain safe while they are getting the treatment they need."
For the last 25 years, Killian has worked to make Westchester County a better place to live, work and raise a family. A leader in the fight against substance abuse, Julie co-founded RyeACT (Rye Action for Children and Teens) to fight youth drug and alcohol abuse. RyeACT works with the federal government and regional partners to promote prevention through a positive cultural framework. Specifically, RyeACT trains local leaders and youth, develops prevention messages and provides local access to drug and alcohol abuse prevention experts.
Killian earned the Westchester County Republican Committee's nomination to run in the Special Election for New York State Senate District 37 scheduled for April 24th.