Today, I joined kinship caregivers and kinship advocates in announcing that September 2015 will be Kinship Care Month in New York. We are fortunate to live in a state that is among the leaders nationwide in recognizing kinship caregivers for stepping up to raise at-risk youth. I applaud all those who take the time to give New York's children the care, attention and love they need to become healthy adults.
I was honored to receive the 2015 YMCA Champion Award at the YMCA Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. The YMCA provides a safe, nurturing environment for children, seniors and families, and helps promote friendship, comradery and so much more. Thank you to the YMCAs of New York for this honor, I am truly humbled and proud to support this great organization.
World Gym recently opened its newest location in the Mall at Greece Ridge Center. This state of the art fitness center offers everything from free weights and cardio machines, to group fitness classes, child care and tanning. Congratulations to everyone at World Gym Greece, and welcome to the Greece Community!
Local Roads Matter! As Senate Transportation Chairman, I am proud to fight for increased funding in this year's State Budget to repair roads and bridges throughout Upstate New York. If there's a commitment for a billion dollars for the Tappan Zee Bridge, then there should be a commitment for a matching billion dollars for Upstate roads and bridges!
Today, I had the opportunity to co-sponsor Build a Better New York Day at the State Capitol, joining hard working men and women from across the state to call for an investment in our aging infrastructure.
Many thanks to the Veterans Outreach Center and Executive Director Todd Baxter for inviting me to give an overview of programs and initiatives that the State Legislature has passed or proposed to assist New York veterans. The Veterans Outreach Center is a great resource for area veterans and their families, thanks for all you do!
I had the opportunity to help welcome Pedro Martinez to the State Capitol as part of our Dominican Heritage Month celebration. Martinez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer after a long and dominate career with the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and my New York Mets, among others. He's a three time Cy Young Award winner, 8 time All Star and member of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. It was great meeting this baseball legend, despite my dislike for the Red Sox!
Joined my colleagues in government at the annual Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce State of the Towns update by Gates Supervisor Mark Assini and Chili Supervisor David Dunning. Exciting things happening in these two great communities, I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store!
I joined my colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority yesterday to call to end the GEA, which has hurt our local schools since it implemented a few years ago. By eliminating the GEA, we can restore critical funding to our schools and ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. I am proud to continue to fight for Upstate equality in school funding, especially for Rochester and Monroe County.
I had fun reading "The Book With No Pictures" to students at Autumn Lane Elementary School this morning. Despite the snow and the cold, the students were excited listen to the book and share their favorite parts about it!
I enjoyed visiting with 7th grade students at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton earlier today. The students came prepared with great questions and were ready to learn all about state government! Thanks to 7th grade student Charlotte Wright and teacher Mr. Sorenson for inviting me to visit their class.
On Friday night, I joined the underdog Washington Generals on a "one-day" contract in their attempt to upset the Harlem Globetrotters in front of a great crowd at the Blue Cross Area. Unfortunately we came up short in overtime, despite my 4 points and solid defense. My sincere thanks to the Globetrotters and the Generals for giving me the opportunity to showcase my basketball skills and fulfill a lifelong dream!
I was pleased to help Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning open its new headquarters on Holleder Parkway in the City of Rochester. This 70,000 square foot facility will better accommodate the Isaac employees, and allow them to better serve their customers. Congratulations to everyone at Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, I wish you continued success!
I was pleased to join the Arc of Monroe as they announced exciting details to expand their successful Culinary Career Prep, which is part of its Job Path Program. This program trains individuals for a career in the food services industry by providing them with classroom and hands-on training. Way to go Arc of Monroe!
I was pleased to join Mary Cariola Children's Center to help them celebrate the completion of its latest residence center on East River Road. This new home will provide a safe and caring living environment to its six residents and the staff working there. Congratulations to everyone at Mary Cariola Center!
I was humbled to be sworn-in to my latest term in the New York State Senate as part of the Republican Majority Conference. I consider it an honor and privilege to represent the 56th Senate District, and look forward to continuing to be a strong voice for our community at the State Capitol. Let's continue building on our recent successes of on-time budgets, lowering taxes for the hard working men and women of our state and improving the business climate for all New Yorkers! Once again, thank you for your support over the years.
I was honored to help swear in new District Officers and Volunteer Firefighters of the Lake Shore Fire District in the Town of Greece. We are truly grateful for the service these dedicated men and women provide in keeping our community safe by volunteering their time and support to the Lake Shore Fire District.
Many thanks to Hilton High School student Faith Thomas for decorating a patriotic pig to help raise funds for the Hilton Education Foundation's Cadet Cupboard. This pig is on display in my office during December and January, and will be auctioned off at Hilton Education Foundation's annual Comedy Night on Saturday, January 24. This is a fun way for Hilton students to help out and give back to their community. Stop by my office to make your donation today!
I was pleased to help hand out new winter hats and gloves to pre-K and Kindergarten students at the Wilson Foundation Academy recently. The items were graciously donated by my good friend Yolanda Culver, and will help keep these students warm this winter season.