The Hamilton Area Community Coalition (HACC) is empowering youth, parents and the community to work together and reduce the impact of substance abuse in the Hamilton, NY.   We're committed to building a safe & healthy community environment where our young people can thrive.

What We Do


Educating youth, parents, and community leaders through evidence-based prevention programs

in our schools and through

community events.


We are committed to actively building community partnerships; supporting existing community services,

and strengthening a community environment supportive of safe and healthy behaviors.


Prevent substance abuse and risky behavior through implementation of environmental strategies and educational programs

targeted to increase knowledge and awareness for parents and youth.

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HACC works closely with Hamilton Central School to bring fun prevention projects to our students.  Activities are designed to promote positive decision making and empower kids to reach their full potential.  From Red Ribbon Week, awareness days, special activities, guest speakers, and more, we're always working on something fun!


October 30, 2019

 Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Cassulis, HACC Program Coordinator; Bill Dowsland, HCS Superintendent;

Sgt. Matt Janczuk; OFC. Michael Mordus, Jr.

In celebration of Red Ribbon Week 2019, HACC presented five outstanding community leaders with Red Ribbon Awards for their work in protecting and supporting safe, healthy, drug-free kids. 

Kyle Sylvester

Director of Operations and CSO of SOMAC, Southern Madison Ambulance Corps

As a NY State licensed EMT, Kyle Sylvester is the Director of Operations and CSO of SOMAC, the Southern Madison Ambulance Corps.  Kyle oversees our local ambulance services, and under his leadership, we’ve added vehicles to our fleet of ambulances, added state-of-the-art equipment, and updated emergency procedures to better serve the Hamilton community.  Kyle is on the front lines fighting the effects of drug and alcohol use, saving the lives of people who have misused alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, vaping, or a combination of these drugs.  He regularly sees the devasta...

October 30, 2019

October 21-24, students from Hamilton Central School celebrated drug-free living and positive life choices with Red Ribbon Week.  Red Ribbon Week was developed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is the largest prevention outreach program observed in schools and communities nationwide. 

The Hamilton Area Community Coalition organizes Red Ribbon Week activities and events in Hamilton, in collaboration with many local partners and HCS.  Each morning, school students kicked off the day by presenting different community members with “Red Ribbon Awards” for outstanding service in protecting or supporting safe, healthy, drug-free kids.  This year’s awards went to: Kyle Sylvester, Director of Operations and CSO of SOMAC Ambulance; David Little, SOMAC Student Coordinator and HACC member; Hamilton Police Officer Michael Mordus, Jr.; Hamilton Central School Superintendent, Bill Dowsland; and Hamilton Police Sgt. Matt Janczuk. 

Students also participated in a number of c...

April 22, 2019

 Pictured: (L-R) Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood, STOP DWI Coordinator Sgt. Matt White, Hamilton Police Chief Shawn Stassi, University Dodge staff & technicians; STOP DWI prevention education specialist, Jen Cottet, and HACC Program Coordinator, Melissa Cassulis.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Hamilton Area Community Coalition is partnering with Hamilton's University Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership to promote safe driving and reduce drunk and impaired driving in communities.

In 2019, Hamilton Area Community Coalition and University Dodge partnered with Madison County STOP DWI to raise awareness regarding DWIs. This year the successful campaign was expanded to include NYE Ford in Oneida. Both dealerships will dedicate the month of April to drunk and impaired driving awareness. The Madison County Sheriff's Office and the local police departments are showing their support by continuing to crackdown on DWIs.

As a part of the campaign, the dealerships will give each person who buys a...

April 18, 2019

Hamilton Police Officer Michael Mordus Jr. has been making his way through town delivering updated ID Guides and talking with servers & sellers about alcohol safety. Stops included Hamilton Eatery, Byrne Dairy and Hamilton Village Wine and Spirits. Safe selling and serving is an important step in keeping young people from drinking underage.

The guides were provided in partnership with STOP DWI Madison County

April 15, 2019

Pictured: (left - right), Melissa Cassulis, Program Coordinator, Hamilton Area Community Coalition; Paul McLoughlin, Vice President and Dean of the College, Colgate University; Hamilton Village Mayor RuthAnn Loveless; Hamilton Police Sergeant Matt Janczuk.

The month of April is National Alcohol Awareness Month.  Hamilton Village leaders and Colgate Administration have announced official observance in the Hamilton community by signing a proclamation.  Signed by Hamilton Mayor, RuthAnn Loveless; Hamilton Police Chief, Shawn Stassi; Colgate University Vice President and Dean of the College, Paul McLoughlin; Hamilton Central Middle & High School Principal, Bill Dowsland; Associate Vice President for Colgate Campus Safety, Dan Gough; and Program Coordinator for the Hamilton Area Community Coalition, Melissa Cassulis, it reads:

Alcohol Awareness Month Proclamation

Whereas, alcohol is a primary factor in the four leading causes of death for young persons ages 10-21; and

Whereas, alcohol is t...

April 15, 2019

In honor of April as Alcohol Awareness Month, Southern Madison County Ambulance Corps, SOMAC, has shown support for alcohol responsibility by designing stickers for each truck in their fleet.  The sticker was designed by SOMAC Director of Operations and CSO, Kyle Sylvester, and SOMAC student coordinator, David Little, in partnership with the Hamilton Area Community Coalition.  Help reduce the number of SOMAC’s alcohol related transports by drinking moderately and never driving under the influence.  For more information on alcohol responsibility visit

April 2, 2019

Congressman Anthony Brindisi, representatives from Assemblyman John Salka and Senator Rachel May’s office along with Madison County Town Supervisors and other local elected officials and community agencies leaders gathered to hear teens from across Madison County share their opinions on what they would like their communities to look like.  

The event was organized by Reality Check, Hamilton Area Community Coalition, and Madison County SADD.  These groups are directed by BRIDGES Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.  

In this ground-breaking collaborative project, students from nine Madison County schools created their ideal communities using a paper map and stickers that represented different businesses. Options included a book store, café, casino, marijuana shop, library, rec center, vape shop, dance studio, pizza shop, police station, and many more.  Students were asked to build their ideal community using these stickers, and could use all the sticker opti...

February 28, 2019

February 3-8, Hamilton Area Community Coalition Program Coordinator, Melissa Cassulis, represented Hamilton at the CADCA National Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.  This event is the premiere national training in the field of substance abuse prevention and youth empowerment. The conference hosted 3,000 attendees from 10 countries, and included addresses and panel discussions from Congressional leaders in both the House and Senate, Jim Carroll, Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States; Uttam Dhillon, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; and Heidi King, Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission.    

 “It was a huge honor to not only hear up-to-the minute data reports from our nation’s top authorities, but to also personally meet Deputy Director Carroll, our Surgeon General, and DEA Acting Administrator Dhillon during the conference.  It wa...

November 1, 2018

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated nationally as the oldest drug prevention program in the United States.  October 22-26, the Hamilton Coalition and Hamilton Central School partnered to host a week-long celebration of positive life choices and safe, healthy, drug free kids.  Student leaders chose the theme:  Be 100%: Drug Free.

Each day, HCS Students recognized community leaders who protect or support drug free kids. Guests included: Hamilton Police Officer Michael Mordus, Jr; Dr. Jennifer Myers and Dr. Travis Hall of Community Memorial Hospital; Kerry Rice, SOMAC paramedic; Caitlyn Smith, SOMAC Critical Care Technician; teachers and staff at HCS, as well as parents of HCS middle and high school students.

On Wednesday morning, students welcomed representatives from their local governments serving the Village of Hamilton, the Town of Hamilton and the Town of Madison.  Hamilton Village representatives included Mayor RuthAnn Loveless, and Board Members Joe Eakin, Russ Lura, and Jen Ser...

Area children and adults alike enjoyed a festive afternoon Sept. 13 at Hamilton Central School as the Hamilton Area Community Coalition sponsored a gala Back 2 School Bash - offering not only a couple hours of family fun time but also a positive message for the students.

“The whole purpose of this event is to show our support for the kids,” HACC program coordinator Melissa Cassulis said. “We want to make sure they know they live in a safe community where they can feel supported and can reach their full potential.”

“I think it’s great for the kids and great for the families,” complimented High School Principal Bill Dowsland. “It’s a great way to start the year, and I thank the Coalition and all of the community members who made this possible.”

It was the first time for the event, and, with the positive turnout likely not the last. This inaugural Back 2 School Bash brought out hundreds of children and their families to enjoy the festivities, including free tacos, cotton candy, snow cones, p...

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Tuesday 8am - 7pm


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Hamilton Area Community Coalition

BRiDGES Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc


20 Utica Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 1

Hamilton, NY 13346


112 Farrier Ave, Suite 314

Oneida, NY 13421

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