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Massena’s mayor adds new job to duties

Updated: Dec. 10, 2019 at 3:49 PM EST
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MASSENA, N.Y. (WWNY) - Massena Mayor Tim Currier is taking on another role in the north country community.

"That's Brady. He was 19. He's the perfect case of somebody who had lots of access to treatment, had lots of assistance and was unable to get through this," said Currier.

Currier knows how drug overdoses effect a family all too well.

"We all know somebody who has suffered a loss. In our case, in our family, it was very close with losing my nephew and that's a piece of why I'm doing this. There is no question about this," he said.

As the second anniversary of Brady's death approaches, Currier is taking on an additional job as project director for a federal grant aimed at helping to bring opioid addiction services to rural areas in the north county.

"We are losing people every single day to this issue in the north country. People are hurting, we need to help people heal. For me it's personal but it's also professional, it's something that we have to do and we can save lives and I'm really honored to have an opportunity to do that," said Currier.

The planning grant will be used to try to identify the services certain north country areas need when it comes to the opioid crisis. A strategic plan will be submitted in January.

As for Currier's political future, he says he has no plans to run for state Assembly and will stay in the mayor's seat.

“I’ve been in public service for almost 32 years now and in the last five years as mayor I have learned that I am less interested in politics and more interested in public service. This is what I want to do for the rest of my adult working life, which is to work on this problem that’s facing the north county,” he said.

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