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Drug & Alcohol Municipal Alliance Committee

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the New Milford Drug Alliance Committee is to encourage the community to practice healthy, drug-free living and to provide education and resources on the prevention of, recognition of, and consequences of substance abuse. We strive through various community drug free activities, educational programs and financial support of community services to assist New Milford residents in their goals to learn about and live substance abuse free lives.

About the Committee:

The committee operates through members and many other residents who volunteer for specific events and activities that the committee sponsors. These volunteers represent many facets of the community including Educators from New Milford Public Schools, Employees of the Borough, Police Officers, parents of children in New Milford, high school students, and other concerned citizens of New Milford. The three main components of the Drug Alliance Committee are fundraising, education, and special events. Fundraising is done for two purposes. Its first purpose is so that the Borough of New Milford can continue receiving grant money from the County and State Drug Alliance fund. The county provides New Milford with a grant each year to assist in achieving the goals of the committee. To receive grant money from the County, the committee must fundraise at least one quarter of the amount of the grant allotted to New Milford. For the past two years, New Milford has been successful in raising more money than is needed for the grant. The other purpose for fundraising is to assist the DARE (Police Officers entering the schools to educate students on substance abuse) program in New Milford.

The educational aspect of the committee is fulfilled through programs sponsored or supported by the committee.  Past programs have included:

  • Parenting Classes - offered to residents of New Milford who have children.
  • Community Policing Classes - offered to residents of New Milford - teach safety techniques, provide seminars on various topics and run the Young Adult Explorers group in New Milford.
  • Creation of a website co-sponsored by the New Milford Police Department.

The committee also sponsors a number of entertaining substance abuse free activities.  Events have included:

  • Community Day
  • Fishing Derby
  • Middle School and High School dances
  • Annual Carnival
  • Family Volleyball Marathons
  • Summer Basketball Tournaments

The committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room of Borough Hall.


Shirlie Viera  12/31/19
Michael Putrino 12/31/19
Vanessa Hurley - Chair 12/31/19
Chris Buscavage 12/31/19
Lynn Gadaleta 12/31/19
Steve Perone 12/31/19
Alyssa Loonam 12/31/19
Mel Urena 12/31/19
Sgt. George Herrero 12/31/19
Councilwoman  Sirocchi-Hurley, Liaison