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PRESS RELEASE - Downing’s Community-Based, Monthly Meeting in Tyringham on October 23rd
October 05, 2009

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 Tyringham on Friday, October 23rd.  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.  Downing’s district, comprised of 48 municipalities in the westernmost counties of Massachusetts, is the largest in the Massachusetts Senate.  Downing’s Pittsfield office is open during normal business hours Monday through Friday, walk-ins are always welcome.
 
On the 23rd, Downing will host Coffee & Conversation at Santarella, also known as the “Gingerbread House,” located at 75 Main Road in Tyringham from 2-3:30pm.  During that time, Downing will provide free coffee and be available for open, unscripted conversation to those interested in meeting with their state senator face-to-face.
 
To learn about future Coffee & Conversation events, please visit Downing’s online office at www.senatordowning.com and click on Upcoming Events.
 
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