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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.

June 1, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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State Grant of $1 Million Secured for Madison Library

Advocating for the towns in my district is my number one priority, and I am proud that I was able to successfully fight for the residents of Madison to ensure that the Scranton Memorial Library became one of our state's top funding priorities. Last week, the State Bond Commission officially approved $1 million in state aid for the renovation and expansion of Scranton Library, the civic and educational hub of Madison.

This is the second such state grant to the Scranton Library in the past six months. Last November, the Connecticut State Library announced a $1 million state grant to assist the Scranton Library in its plans to double its size from 17,000 square feet to 37,000 square feet and to add a 45-place parking lot. The library currently has no parking lot, and the community has requested its addition for some time.

A New Commitment to Ending Opioid Abuse

opoioidAlcohol and substance abuse impact nearly every family in my district, and I am fighting hard to expand our state's prevention and treatment efforts. Just last week, Governor Malloy signed into law a bill that I strongly supported that will make a significant impact in combatting the scourge of opioid abuse (often beginning with prescription painkiller abuse) that has led to so many deaths in Connecticut in recent years.

The new law requires first responders to carry overdose-reversing drugs, limits initial opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies in most cases involving acute pain, makes changes to a prescription monitoring program aimed at helping prescribers identify patients who could be misusing drugs, and charges the state's Alcohol and Drug Policy Council with developing a plan to reduce the number of opioid-induced deaths in the state.

On average, two people die of a drug overdose every day in Connecticut--more than those who die in car accidents or from gunshots. There were about 2,000 drug overdose deaths in Connecticut between 2012 and 2015, and the 723 overdose deaths last year were more than twice the number three years ago.

It is my belief that this new law--supported on a unanimous and bipartisan basis--will begin to curb the plague of opioid-related deaths in our great state. We must also continue to acknowledge and address the barriers to treatment for those with alcohol and drug dependency.

Join Me in Celebrating CT Trails Day 2016

opoioidThis weekend, on June 4th and 5th, every town in my district will sponsor nature appreciation events in coordination with CT Trails Day. These hikes and other activities will highlight the most important natural treasures and other ecological assets of our towns, many of which have remained unexplored by local residents. Come join other families and make new friends who share your commitment to open space and environmental protection! We should all be proud of Connecticut's natural resources.

Branford Hike (Moderate Difficulty)
Saturday, June 4 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Hammer Woodlands and Sliney Family Property
For more information, contact Bill Horne at billhorne48@yahoo.com

Durham Nature Walk (Moderate Difficulty)
Saturday, June 4 from 10:00am to 1:00 pm AND Sunday, June 5 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Mica Ledges Preserve
To register contact walk leader at 860-394-7771 or Lucy@EveryoneOutside.org

Guilford Hike (Moderate Difficulty)
Saturday, June 4, 9:00am to noon
Timberlands/New England Trail
To register, contact Doug Clark at 443-852-2439 or revdlmc@gmail.com

Killingworth Hike (Low Difficulty)
Saturday, June 4 from 10:00am to noon
Killingworth and Kelseytown Reservoir Watershed
To register, contact Dan Meaney at 860-664-6016 or dmeane@ctwater.com

Killingworth Hike (Moderate Difficulty)
Saturday, June 4 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Lake Hammonasset Reservoir
To register, contact Janet Ainsworth at 203-530-7826 or janetkainsworth@gmail.com

Madison Educational Walk (Low Difficulty)
Sunday, June 6, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Madison Land Conservation Trust/Blinnshed Loop Trail
For more information, contact Julie Ainsworth at 203-435-2925 or julieainsworth@live.com

North Branford Educational Walk (Low Difficulty)
Saturday, June 4 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Northford Park/Big Gulph
To register, contact 203-488-3352 or info@nblandtrust.org

North Branford Hike (High Difficulty)
Saturday, June 4 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Housatonic River
To register, contact 203-401-2749 or jtriana1@rwater.com



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