YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Republican State Senator Terrence Murphy began what he's calling a "legislative update tour" on Tuesday to speak directly to voters about the legislative session that ended in June.
According to a release issued by his office, Murphy opened the speaking series in his hometown of Yorktown, where he served as a local councilman from 2010 until earlier this year.
"My roots are here in Yorktown and continue to grow here in Yorktown. I have not forgotten my hometown ..., " he said.
According to the statement, Murphy focused on three main points during his 20-minute address: winning the war on heroin and opiod abuse, improving the state's economic climate and updating the town board in regards to the ongoing work by economic development councils.
Last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Murphy's first statewide bill, which expanded the availability of drug treatment courts in New York.
"For those who don't know, treatment courts, like the one run by Judge (James) Reitz in Putnam County, offer a second chance to recovering addicts while holding them accountable for their past actions," he said.
Murphy discussed a number of other topics he feels are vital to the well-being of the 40th Senate District, he said in his release, including the importance of the Regional Economic Development Council and the use of grant money given for a variety of specific economic and environmental causes.
Murphy is scheduled to next appear Saturday at the 2015 Veterans Pancake Breakfast at the Mount Pleasant Community Center in Valhalla.
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