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    Brewster, N.Y. – 02/06/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement commending Putnam County Judge James Reitz for sentencing Stefano DeMicheli to 40 years in prison.

    “The Judicial Diversion program serves as an alternative for drug offenders to get help and seek treatment in place of jail time. However, when offenders have repeat offenses and show no clear intentions of participating in the program, it is time to take them off the streets and put them behind bars. I commend Judge James Reitz for his 40-year sentencing and thank him for sending a strong message to all drug dealers, letting them know illegal drugs have no place in our community. Unfortunately, drug abuse has become an epidemic in our area, we must continue to exercise the full extent of the law to keep our streets clean and protect our children,” said Senator Greg Ball. “To help combat drug addiction I have teamed up with two local families, the Salomone and Christiansen’s, who both recently lost their sons to drug addiction. We will be hosting a Drug Crisis Roundtable on February 13th to promote awareness, and to provide resources and support to those individuals affected by drug addition, specifically students and their families.”

    The Drug Crisis Roundtable will be hosted at the Carmel Town Hall on Thursday February 13, 2014, at 6:00 PM. Click here for more information.

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