State Senate's Heroin Task Force to hold public hearing in Cortland

ONEONTA, N.Y. - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) will be in Cortland County, Wednesday, October 25, from 4-6 p.m. at the Cortland County Office Building in Cortland.

Senator Seward, a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, will host a task force public hearing to solicit input from area stakeholders on the heroin epidemic. The co-chairmen of the task force, Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., Senator Fred J. Akshar II, and Senator Chris Jacobs are scheduled to take part in the hearing along with local health care professionals, addiction experts, and law enforcement officials.

“Heroin and opioid addiction devastates lives, families, and communities and it is vital that we continue to target this epidemic from all angles – prevention, treatment, and recovery,” said Senator Seward. “Previous hearings held by the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction have been instrumental in developing new laws and state programs that are having a positive effect, however, the tragedies have not stopped. This hearing in Cortland is an opportunity for local experts and those on the frontline to detail what is working and what still needs to be done as we explore additional measures to combat this public health crisis.”

The public hearing is one of several being conducted around the state to solicit input and develop recommendations for legislative action.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and observe the proceedings. The public hearing will also be webcast live – a link will be available under the “events” tab on Senator Seward’s website,

*Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Public Hearing;
*4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.;
*Cortland County Office Building (auditorium);
*60 Central Avenue;