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For Immediate Release September 22, 2009 Joint Press Release by Chiodos


									Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building                      CROTON-HARMON SCHOOL DISTRICT
One Van Wyck Street                                            DISTRICT OFFICE
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520-2501                                10 GERSTEIN STREET
Tel: 914-271-4781                                              CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NEW YORK 10520
Fax: 914-271-2836                                              TEL: (914) 271-4793 FAX: (914) 271-8685

                                        For Immediate Release September 22, 2009

                                                  Joint Press Release

                        Village and District cooperate on Drug Free Community Coalition.

[Croton-on-Hudson, September 22, 2009] The Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the Croton-Harmon
School District, which serves the majority of the village announce a multi-year cooperative effort to
tackle substance abuse. The cooperation takes the form of a coalition and will be funded by a federal
grant. On Monday, September 21, 2009, the Village officially accepted the $125,000 Drug Free
Communities Support Program FY 2009 Grant by the White House Office of National Drug Control
Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This
federal program requires that a grantee be a municipality, the village in this case, and offers up to four
additional years of grant funds beyond the initial year. The White House drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske
announced $21 million in Drug Free Communities grants to 161 communities across the country in late
August 2009, out of 417 applicants through a competitive, peer-reviewed process. To qualify for matching
grants, all awardees had to demonstrate at least a history of working together and have representation
from at least 12 specific sectors of the community to ensure a wide outreach, develop a long-term plan to
reduce substance abuse, and participate in a national evaluation of the Drug Free Communities program.

The effort will be called the “Croton Community Coalition” with a director paid for entirely by the grant
award and hired by the Village, in consultation with the District. The Coalition’s steering committee has
been meeting for over a year to develop a comprehensive set of activities for the first year, from October
2009 through September 2010. The matching portion of the grant will come from the value of services,
such as staff time, that the village and school district will devote to the effort.

The goals of the Coalition are: (1) establish and strengthen collaboration among Croton Community
Coalition’s partner organizations in support of the community’s efforts to prevent and reduce substance
abuse among youth; and (2) reduce substance abuse among youth in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, and, over
time, among adults by addressing the issues in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse
and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

The Coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: 1) coalition survey; 2) police
assessment; 3) parent survey; 4) student survey; 5) quarterly trainings; 6)Youth Advisory Councils; 7)
sector outreach activities; 8) youth media campaign; 9) parent media campaign; 10) mandatory education
policy for athletes and their parents; 11) Alcohol/Marijuana Awareness Program and policy; 12) merchant
education; 13) compliance checks; 14) adopt-a-store policy campaign and; and 15) media literacy training
(how to be critical of representations of substance abuse in popular media). The Village and District are
being assisted in this Coalition by the advisory services of Judith Mezey, Assistant Director for
Community Based Programs, Student Assistance Services Corporation.

“The first steps the coalition will undertake will be to administer the Coalition Survey to identify
coalition's strengths and weaknesses. In addition, we will be hiring a coalition coordinator to assist us
with this project.” Kusum Sinha, Assistant Superintendent, Croton-Harmon School District.

"It is exciting that the village of Croton and the school district are cooperating on a joint venture that
benefits children." Dr. Edward R. Fuhrman, Jr., Superintendent of Schools, Croton-Harmon School

“Our goal is to strengthen our relationship and communication channels with the youth of our Village,
while being positive role models and to assist the youth in making good decisions about risky situations,
while having them understand the consequences of these decisions.” Anthony L. Tramaglini, Chief of
Police, Croton-on-Hudson Police Department.

“Over the years, the Village and School District have worked closely to address common goals, so when
we identified the availability of this grant, we saw it as another opportunity for the two entities to work
together. The Village and the School District collaborated on the grant application, and due to all our
hard word, the grant was awarded. Once the Village receives the funds, we will manage every dollar and
assure spending in accordance with the budget submitted at the time of the grant application.” Abraham
J. Zambrano, Village Manager, Croton-on-Hudson.

Details of the federal Drug Free Communities Program are available at:

For details, visit

Contact: Janine King, Assistant Village Manager,, 914-271-4781                                                                     page 2 of 2

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