Philipstown Names Anti-Drug Coordinator

Appoints Nelsonville resident to new position

By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong

Danielle Pack McCarthy (file photo)

The Philipstown Town Board on March 1 named Danielle Pack McCarthy, co-chair of Philipstown Communities That Care, a volunteer organization that works to reduce substance abuse, as its first Prevention, Treatment and Recovery coordinator. She will earn $24 hourly for up to $10,000 annually.

McCarthy, who served as a Nelsonville Village trustee from 2015 to 2017, is a former Peace Corps volunteer in the Caribbean and founder of Denniston International, a nonprofit that aids disadvantaged children through educational projects there. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.

The Town Board created the position in November. It hoped to have a one-stop place for residents to learn about the options for dealing with addiction.

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3 Responses to "Philipstown Names Anti-Drug Coordinator"

  1. Nina Pidala
    Nina Pidala   March 3, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Really hope she can make a difference.

  2. Kathleen E. Foley   March 3, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    There simply isn’t anyone better suited to this job. Danielle, congratulations and all best! And to our Town Board members, I say thank you. The creation of the prevention, treatment and recovery coordinator position shows the depth of your understanding of our most pressing issues in Philipstown and demonstrates your pro-activity.

  3. David C. Mahoney   March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    I grew up in the 1970s, and drugs were prominent among many adults. It took years for me to realize that lifestyle was not normal or healthy. I’m in recovery, many years sober, but it wasn’t easy. I’ve lost friends to drinking and driving, or drug overdoses. There’s a serious problem here in the schools that cannot be ignored. I hope to join efforts in our daily grind against drugs. In the Army I was a president of BOSS (Better Opportunities of Single Soldiers). Our command Sergeant Major asked me to be, personally. I created active ways to prevent drinking and trouble, and I hope to promote that care and concern in our towns here.

    I’m overjoyed, and relieved, to see this desperately needed and overdue appointment. We need to love, pay great attention to, and listen, to our children, our sons and daughters. If everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot. No one has to die, no one should die, from drugs. Addiction is a gravely misunderstood affliction, it is a disease no different than others but stigmatized and stereotyped. Let’s help heal the bondage of this upon our society, starting here at home. I’ll help in any way I can, the greatest thing we can do, is love and understand.