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PRESS RELEASE - Free Coffee and Open Conversation
September 03, 2009

Downing's Community-Based, Monthly Meeting in Peru September 18th

Pittsfield - To further his goal of being fully accessible to constituents from all cities and towns in his district, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is bringing his rolling series of open monthly meetings, dubbed Coffee & Conversation to Peru on Friday, September 18th. Downing hosts these public forums in rotating communities across the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin Senate District ten months out of the year.
Downing said, “Holding roving office hours in communities throughout my district will create an additional platform by which my constituents may be heard. People will be able to share with me the issues affecting them, and become more engaged in state government.” All are welcome to drop by Downing’s Coffee & Conversation to register their thoughts, ideas and concerns, or to simply say hello and share a cup of Joe. 
While Downing’s community relations and constituent services hub is his 20 Bank Row district office in Pittsfield, he recognizes that serving the largest, most rural district presents communication gaps which he intends to fill. Downing’s district, comprised of 48 municipalities in the westernmost counties of Massachusetts, covers the widest geographic area in the Massachusetts Senate. Downing’s Pittsfield office is open during normal business hours Monday through Friday, walk-ins are always welcome.
On the 18th, Downing will host Coffee & Conversation at the Peru Community Center, located downstairs at Town Hall (3 East Main Street) from 10-11:30am. During that time, Downing will provide free coffee and open, unscripted conversation to all people interested in speaking with their state senator face-to-face about issues ranging from housing and economic development to human services and health care and everything in between.
To learn about future Coffee & Conversation events, please visit Downing’s online office at and click on Upcoming Events.


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