- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A hospital in central New York is getting $400,000 from the state to fight heroin addiction.

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the grant to Crouse Hospital on Tuesday. The Bronx Democrat was in Syracuse as part of a tour of upstate cities and towns.

Crouse Hospital, which operates the region’s only methadone program, provides heroin abuse and treatment programs in 16 counties in central New York.

Heastie says that with heroin addiction on the rise the programs are more valuable than ever.

While in Syracuse Heastie met with Mayor Stephanie Miner and officials at Syracuse University. He also planned to talk with local residents and business owners. On Wednesday Heastie heads to Watertown and nearby Fort Drum.

Heastie was elected speaker this year to replace Sheldon Silver of Manhattan.

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