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Keene, Schickel Named Friends of Kentucky Cities

Two Northern Kentucky legislators have been named Frieds of Kentucky Cities by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC).

Rep. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) received his award at the Newport City Commission meeting on Monday, while Senator John Schickel (R-Union) received his at the Florence City Council meeting on Tuesday.

KLC created the award to honor legislators that advocate for cities' interests. 

“Over the years, I have been proud to work with the Kentucky League of Cities and city leaders from across the Commonwealth to move Kentucky ahead,” Keene said in a news release. “Cities are our economic engines, so it’s important we do all we can to help them thrive. I’m honored to receive this award and want to thank KLC for its advocacy and expertise. It does a great job for those it serves.”

“KLC appreciates the dedication and hard work put forth by Representative Keene during the 2016 legislative session,” said J.D. Chaney, KLC deputy executive director, who was in Newport on Monday. “Representative Keene worked tirelessly to secure passage of Senate Bill 11, which contained several KLC alcohol-related measures such as eliminating the population requirement for local option elections, Sunday sales, election day sales and after-hours sales in cities. Kentucky cities also appreciate Representative Keene’s willingness to work with us on House Bill 124 relating to confiscated firearms. KLC is sincerely grateful for Representative Keene’s consistent support of Kentucky cities.”

Jonathan Steiner, executive director/CEO of the Kentucky League of Cities, also commended Representative Keene. “Representative Keene has been a strong voice for Kentucky cities in Frankfort. He has continued to be a champion for Kentucky cities, and we are thankful for his wide-ranging support. KLC appreciates the relationship we have with Representative Keene and are pleased to give him this award,” Steiner said.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from the Kentucky League of Cities,” Senator Schickel said, after receiving his award from Florence Mayor Diane Whalen. “I got my start in public service back in 1977, when Mayor Ewing-Whalen’s father, Hop Ewing, hired me to the Florence Police Department. There are even a few city council members who were here when I was started so many years ago, making it even more special to be recognized in the city where my career began. I am proud to continue to call Boone County my home and I will continue to fight for Florence and all the other cities across this great Commonwealth for as long as I serve in the state legislature.”

“KLC appreciates the dedication and hard work put forth by Senator Schickel during the 2016 legislative session,” said Chaney. “Senator Schickel worked tirelessly to secure passage of Senate Bill 11 which contained several KLC alcohol-related measures such as eliminating the population requirement for local option elections, Sunday sales, election day sales and after-hours sales in cities. Kentucky cities commend Senator Schickel for his leadership on this issue.”

“Senator Schickel has worked tirelessly on tough policy issues that impact cities in Kentucky. He is very deserving of this award,” Steiner said.

KLC was founded in 1927 and has 370 member cities.

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Photos provided by KLC and Legislative Research Commission
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Keene receives his award with Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso (left) and KLC rep J.D. Chaney