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Mayor Flowers Participates in Separate News Conferences with U.S. Senators

Mayor Flowers attended two separate news conferences involving the U.S. Senators representing New York who were addressing the Fentanyl crisis and gun control issues.

First, Mayor Flowers appeared with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and other local leaders and law enforcement at the Dutchess County Law Enforcement Center on Saturday to support passage of the Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act, bipartisan legislation that would empower the U.S. government to go after the cartels bringing dangerous drugs into the country and help fight the opioid epidemic.

“I commend Senator Gillibrand for her unrelenting efforts to address the fentanyl crisis that has plagued our communities, including in the City of Poughkeepsie,” Mayor Flowers said. “The trafficking of fentanyl and related opioids is a menace, and no community is safe, as we were recently reminded through the takedown of a gun trafficking network that also distributed counterfeit oxycodone pills containing deadly amounts of fentanyl right here in Dutchess County.”

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On Monday, Mayor Flowers joined U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer to fight for keeping a key federal provision that makes fully-plastic undetectable ghost guns illegal. This week, after weeks of negotiations, Schumer helped secure an extension to reauthorize the bipartisan Undetectable Firearms Act in the government funding bill.

“Letting this legislation expire will open up the floodgates to more life-threatening problems for our communities,” Mayor Flowers said. “Just ask the children in our schools how difficult it would be to keep them safe if these ghost guns become legal, more accessible and harder to detect by security personnel and law enforcement. We need to keep this provision on the books, but we also need more federal resources and assistance to help our local law enforcement agencies root out ghost guns and dismantle these illegal firearm trafficking networks.”

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