What an exciting day for Bivona Child Advocacy Center and its local partners as they broke ground on their new home at One Mt Hope Avenue in the City of Rochester. This is an incredible project that will renovate one of the oldest commercial buildings in our community, and will benefit everyone at Bivona and their partners. Congratulations and I can't wait to be back for the ribbon cutting!
I was honored to help the Urban League of Rochester break ground on its newest project, M+M Rochester. The Urban League is redeveloping the Michelsen Building in the City of Rochester as part of the M+M Rochester project, and will feature 59 affordable rental apartments. Congratulations to the Urban League of Rochester and everyone involved in this project, and thanks for this investment in the City of Rochester.
Happy belated 100th Birthday to Rochester area resident Jane Welch! I was happy to join Ms. Welch, her family and friends this weekend to celebrate this incredible milestone. Here's to great health and happiness as you celebrate this occasion.
I was pleased to join the Town of Brighton and local veterans for the 10th annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. This great event is free for veterans, with all food being donated by local businesses. My sincere thanks to Richard and Deborah Wagner for planning and coordinating this event every year.
December 7, 1941 is a day that will live in infamy in American history. The attacks on Pearl Harbor brought our nation into World War II, changing the course of history. The Rochester community came together yesterday morning at the Rochester Yacht Club to remember all who died that day, and honor those who survived. We were honored to have three local Pearl Harbor survivors in attendance as we paid tribute and remembered those killed during the attacks of December 7, 1941.
Just thirteen months ago, I helped break ground on the Gardens at Town Center on Latta Road in the Town of Greece. Yesterday, I helped cut the ribbon on this state of the art senior living center, which will provide seniors in our community with affordable housing and all of the great amenities that come with it! Congratulations to Nelson Leenhouts and everyone at Home Leasing on this great project.
Congratulations to Mark Fuller and DePaul on the completion of their latest project, the Carriage Factory Apartments. Located in the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood in the City of Rochester, these studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments will offer affordable housing tenants in the former Cunningham Carriage Factory building. This is an incredible transformation of this building and site, and will help the revitalization of this area of the City of Rochester.
Today, I joined with local government officials, labor leaders and community members as part of the Rebuild NY Now campaign to help raise awareness about our state's aging infrastructure needs. As Senate Transportation Committee Chairman, I will continue to advocate for improving our state's roads and bridges, which will help to keep New Yorkers safe when traveling and provide good paying construction jobs to hard working men and women. My thanks to all of the Town Supervisors, Village Mayors, Labor Leaders and other community members for their participation and support of this effort.
It was an exciting day yesterday in downtown Rochester for the grand opening of 300 Alexander Street. This incredible project, developed by Mark IV Enterprises, has transformed a 1850s building into modern, state of the art apartments. Abandoned for too long, this building will now provide housing in the heart of East and Alexander. Once again, congratulations to the DiMarzo's and everyone at Mark IV Enterprises!
I was pleased to help ring in the holiday season at the annual Town of Greece Tree Lighting ceremony last night. It was great to see the excitement for the holiday season at Town Hall, and to see so many people come out to enjoy the Christmas music and holiday cheer!
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with 7th grade students at Greece Athena Middle School to discuss laws and penalties against sex offenders in New York. The students at Athena prompted this discussion by sending letters to my office expressing their concerns as part of their health education curriculum. I am proud to have sponsored and supported legislation to toughen the penalties against convicted sex offenders in our state. Thanks to the students at Athena for their concern and efforts.
I was pleased to join officials from the Town of Greece to help open the newly relocated Barnard Crossing Branch Library. Now located at 2808 Dewey Avenue, this new facility will be more cost-friendly to the town while providing the same great services and amenities to library patrons.
A big THANK YOU to the Scott Spino Foundation for their generous donation of over 100 winter coats for my Coats for Kids Drive! These winter coats will be given to needy children throughout our community, helping to keep them warm this winter season. Way to go Scott Spino Foundation!
Earlier today, I joined officials from Geva Theatre to announce its newest fundraising efforts, Front & Center the Campaign for Geva. This $10 million Capital Campaign will help renovate and remodel the historic Geva Theatre building in Downtown Rochester. We're fortunate to have an artistic organization of Geva's caliber in our community, this campaign will help ensure it is here for years to come. For more information on this capital campaign visit, www.gevatheatre.org.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I was excited to enjoy a turkey lunch with some of my favorite seniors at the Town of Greece Community & Senior Center. I hope everyone enjoyed the good food, company and entertainment. Thanks to the staff at the CSC for all their work planning these great events!
It was great to get back to my Alma Mater, Aquinas Institute, to participate in Career Day with the 7th and 8th grade classes. The students at AQ continue to make me proud and were prepared with some great questions. I hope I was able to influence a few of them to join me in government when the time comes!
Earlier this week, I teamed up with Time Warner Cable and the History Channel to bring Take a Vet to School Day to Greece Athena Middle School. We were fortunate to have a great panel of veterans who fought in World War II, the Vietnam War and the War in Afghanistan. This is such a great program that brings veterans into local schools to share their stories with students.
In honor of Veterans Day, the Greece Performing Arts Society hosted a concert featuring Prime Time Brass, The Greece Choral Society and the Greece Concert Band. It was a great tribute to our area veterans, and helped raise money for Honor Flight Rochester.
Congratulations Tim Anne and the team at North Greece Physical Therapy for winning the Greece Chamber of Commerce Microenterprise of the Year Award at the Chamber's annual Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon! Tim and his dedicated staff provide great service and care to all of their patients, keep up the good work!
Today I joined the Open Door Mission to help kickoff National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The Open Door Mission helps countless men, women and children every year by providing them with food, clothing and shelter, and participates in National Hunger and Homelessness Week as a prelude to its Thanksgiving Day celebration. I am proud to continue to help the Open Door Mission in anyway possible.