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Alderman ticket restarts drug-testing debate

Jun 16, 2015 6:54 am
Arthur Cusano is reporting in the Register Star Hudson Mayor William H. Hallenbeck Jr. has called again for drug testing of public servants after a city alderman was ticketed Sat., Jun. 13, for possession of marijuana. Third Ward Alderman John K. Friedman was issued a ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, following the Flag Day Parade, said Hudson Police Chief Edward Moore. According to a statement released by his attorney, Friedman was issued a ticket to appear, but he was not arrested. Friedman is scheduled to appear in city court June 23 to answer the charge. Hallenbeck said he did not think Friedman’s offense violated city code bylaws for elected officials. However, the mayor did indicate a desire to revisit the issue of drug testing for elected officials. He is also is thinking about reaching out to state officials to implement mandatory drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Read the full story in the Register Star.