Newsmakers Jan. 1: New HFD chief, start of Texas Legislature and stress in 2017

Chief Samuel Pena was sworn in as Chief of the Houston Fire Department on December 19th.

He starts 2017 as a guest on Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and says he looks forward to making an already great fire department even more successful in the years to come. Chief Pena says the pensions issues the department has been facing prior to his arrival will be resolved and that his focus will be to keep his men and women focused on Fire Department priorities. He says one of his priorities will be to increase the number of women who are a part of the HFD.


The 85th Texas Legislative Session gets under way Tuesday January 10th. State Senator Sylvia Garcia, D - 6th District, and State Senator Paul Bettencourt R - 7th District, are guests on Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and said there will be plenty of areas where they will agree and should be able to get plenty done.  They also said there will be plenty of disagreement, especially on where to make cuts as they enter a year when balancing the budget will be a major challenge.


How did you handle stress in 2016? What will your prospects be for improved mental health in 2017? Madeline Spiers is the Mental Health Coach for the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston and says good mental health no matter the stress must start with a plan that you make and stick to. Find out what that plan should include on this week’s Houston Newsmakers.

Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall, every Sunday Morning at 10am right after Meet the Press on KPRC Channel 2.

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