I was pleased to join residents of the 19th Ward and officials from the City of Rochester to help mark the completion of the Thurston Village Revitalization Project. This project consisted of improving pedestrian signage and amenities with benches, crosswalks and improved store fronts. The residents of the Thurston Village and the 19th Ward will surely love it!
Last night was a perfect night for the annual Hilton Fire Department Grand Parade. As usual, the parade route was full with Hilton-Parma families as we helped kickoff the Hilton Firemen's Carnival. Thanks to the Hilton Fire Department for their efforts planning the parade and carnival, and to all of the families who came out and made it an enjoyable evening!
It was a beautiful day for the 20th annual IBERO American Action League Safe Summer Picnic at Seneca Park. I am proud to have supported IBERO for a number of years, and was humbled to receive recognition for that support. I hope everyone had a great day at the Safe Summer Picnic, and thanks to IBERO for all that they do for the Rochester community!
It was a great weekend for Rochester SummerFest 2015, hosted by 103.9 WDKX, it certainly exceeded our expectations. I was pleased to partner with WDKX to present Friday night's line-up, Blues & BBQ, featuring Jimmie Highsmith, Chris Beard, Joe Beard, Lenny Williams, Pokey Bear and Clarence Carter. It was a great crowd with a lot of great performances, I was happy to be a part of the entire weekend.
It was an exciting day yesterday as RIT announced plans for its multimillion dollar MAGIC Center. The MAGIC Center will be home to RITs media and game design facility, a rapidly growing industry in New York and nationwide. This facility will increase RIT's ability to offer this development program to more students, and will help move New York to the top of the digital and game industry.
I was proud to lead the efforts to secure $6 million in State funding for the City of Rochester, working with my partner in the Senate, Senator Rich Funke. This funding was announced at yesterday's Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council meeting, and will help strengthen our city's neighborhoods, create quality housing options and stabilize its tax base.
I was excited to help welcome students, parents and staff to the start of summer school at the NEAD Freedom School in the City of Rochester. In its 11th year, Freedom School is a great place that makes learning fun and interactive, and provides the students with a welcoming environment to continue their learning throughout the summer. Many thanks to George Moses, Wallace Smith and all the dedicated people at Freedom School for all that they do for youth in our community!
I was excited to help kickoff the summer reading program at the Parma Public Library earlier this week. This is a great program that encourages kids to continue reading during summer vacation and helps them improve their literacy for the classroom.
I was pleased to help Dr. Art Papier and VisualDx open its new headquarters in Downtown Rochester. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Papier, VisualDx is a team of physicians, educators, artists and computer scientists who have developed a web-based clinical decision support system to enhance diagnostic accucracy and improve patient safety. This new facility will allow VisualDx to continue to grow and expand in the Rochester region.
I was pleased to present Theresa Bowick with the Get Outdoors Award from Parks and Trails New York yesterday at the State Capitol. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers, a grassroots neighborhood bicycling group that rides along the El Camino Trail in the northeast part of the City of Rochester. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers in hopes that they will inspire her neighbors to stay active, make healthy food choices, decrease obesity rates and create a positive image of their neighborhood. Congratulations to Theresa, and all of the members of the Conkey Cruisers, and thank you for your commitment to the City of Rochester!
Play Ball! I recently had the opportunity to help the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League kick-off its season at its Opening Day ceremony at Don Samuel Torres Park in the City of Rochester. Celebrating its 20th season, RHYBL teaches players the fundamentals of baseball, as well as sportsmanship and teamwork. Best of luck to all of the teams during the 2015 season!
Congratulations to Julianna Gatto, a senior at Gates Chili High School, for receiving a $2,500 scholarship from the Italian American State Legislators Conference. Julianna is the Gates Chili Class of 2015 Valedictorian, a member of the Marching Band and National Honor Society, an accomplished gymnast, and an avid volunteer in her church youth group. I was pleased to nominate and present Julianna with this scholarship yesterday afternoon at the State Capitol, she is certainly most deserving. Once again, congratulations to Julianna, she should be proud of all of her hard work and dedication.
I was happy to help kickoff the 7th annual Rochester School for the Deaf River Ramble 5k over the weekend. This fun 5k run/walk helps raise money for the Rochester School for the Deaf and all of their programs and services.
I was pleased to work with Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board to secure funding for a new entertainment pavilion at the Greece Town Campus. This beautiful new pavilion will host a variety of events, from concerts and senior dances, to special event services and ceremonies. This is another great addition to the Greece community and another great amentity for its residents.
I joined the Gates community at Gates Town Hall for their annual Memorial Day service. It was great to see so many residents and area vetereans come out to pay their respect and honor those who paid the ulitimate sacrfice for our freedom. Many thanks to Supervisor Mark Assini and the Gates Town Board for hosting this wonderful tribute.
State Senator Joe Robach is proud to announce the induction of Anthony “Tony” Ferrarese, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 19. This honor is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community and their accomplishments as a civilian.
“The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame gives special recognition to distinguished individuals as a way to express our deep gratitude and admiration” said Senator Robach. “Tony has dedicated his life to serving this nation, his comrades and his community, and is most deserving of this great honor.”
Twelve Corners Middle School in the Town of Brighton was recently designated a New York State School to Watch for their academic excellence. This recognition is a true testament to the hard work of the students, teachers, parents and administrators at Twelve Corners. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
I recently had the opportunity to help welcome the Outdoor Group to Monroe County as they move their headquarters and manufacturing operations to the Town of Henrietta. A holding company for a variety of outdoor and archery businesses, including Elite Archery, the Outdoor Group will employ over 100 people at its new location. It's a remarkable story, started in the basement of owner Peter Crawford's home, and has grown to one of the outdoor and archery manufacturers in the country. Congratulations to Peter and the entire team at the Outdoor Group, and thank you for choosing Monroe County for your new headquarters!
I was pleased to recently help kickoff the annual CP Rochester 5k. CP Rochester has been serving our community for nearly 70 years, supporting individuals of all ages and abilities in living a full and rewarding life. Many thanks to everyone who came out to support this great organization.