It was great seeing so many familiar faces at the Hilton Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors. Good food and good company made for an enjoyable evening. Thanks to Hilton Mayor Joe Lee and all who helped plan this great event.
I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and families and advocates of people with developmental disabilities at the annual Family Advocates Legislative Breakfast. We heard from many parents and caretakers of people with disabilities about the battle they fight every day to provide care to their loved ones. I know I will certainly continue to fight for people with developmental disabilities in Albany.
With a cold breeze coming off of Lake Ontario, I joined Mayor Tom Richards and other colleagues in government to break ground at the Port of Rochester Marina project in the Charlotte community. This is an exciting project that will attract people from throughout our community to the Charlotte area. As a native of Charlotte, I know what a great community it is, and all that it has to offer for residents and visitors alike. Many thanks to all who have helped to make this project a reality.
Congratulations to the University Preparatory Charter School Modified Football team on their undefeated season. I recently joined the team to celebrate their great season with a pizza party. These young men not only succeeded on the football field, they truly epitomize the term student-athlete with their dedication in the classroom. These young men are role models for their peers and fellow students throughout our community.
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of speaking to the 5th grade of Neil Armstrong Elementary School in the Town of Gates about the role of State Government and my job as a State Senator. I was so impressed with the attentiveness of the students and all the great questions they had for me. Thanks to Principal McGary and Mr. Antinelli for the invitation.
In honor of Veterans' Day, I was pleased to join Time Warner Cable, the History Channel and Brighton High School in hosting Take a Vet to School Day. This nationwide program brings our nations veterans together with students of all ages to share their stories of how they defended our great nation.
I was pleased to join Providence Housing Development and members of our community at the ribbon cutting for the new apartment complex at the former Holy Rosary parish campus in the City of Rochester. This new affordable rental housing complex offers 35 apartments on the Holy Rosary campus and 25 newly constructed single-family homes in the Edgerton neighborhood. This truly is a great project for our community and the Edgerton neighborhood.
I had the opportunity to speak to Participation in Government classes at Edison Tech this morning. This was a great chance for me to talk about the role of government, and the importance of voter participation and getting involved in the community. The students came to class ready to participate and had some great questions. Many thanks to Mr. Amico for inviting to speak to his classes.
I was honored to join Assemblyman Bill Reilich and members of our community this afternoon at the dedication of the Brian K. Schramm Post Office Building in the Town of Greece. Brian was a lifelong Greece resident and graduate of Greece Olympia High School. Upon high school graduation, Brian enlisted in the United State Marine Corps to serve our great nation. Brian was tragically taken from us on October 15, 2004 while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.
This post office building will remind us of the sacrifice Brian made for our country, and we are forever grateful for his dedication and service to our nation.
The St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing held a ribbon cutting for its new Simulation Center this afternoon. This new facility will allow SJFC nursing students to practice patient treatment on a simulated patient, while giving them hands-on experience in providing patient care. I was pleased to be able to help secure funding for this new facility, which will serve as yet another healthcare asset to the Rochester community.
Yesterday afternoon, I had the privilege of welcoming our veteran's home from the mission of 2013. With the 45 returning veterans on Sunday morning, Honor Flight Rochester has now sent 1,493 veterans to Washington, D.C. for an Honor Flight mission. Thanks to all who have volunteered their time or have helped Honor Flight over the years.
I had the pleasure of participating in this morning's opening ceremony for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at SUNY Brockport. This great event provides physically challenged students with the opportunity to compete in athletic events while having fun doing it. The games run through this weekend, best of luck to all the athletes competing!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and on Saturday morning I joined Alternatives for Battered Women at their Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at Ontario Beach Park. This great event helps raise money for domestic violence victims assistance and educates people about the seriousness of domestic violence. Thanks to all who participated and gave to this event.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so it was fitting that the Elizabeth Wende Breast Care facility held its ribbon cutting for its new Greece location this afternoon. I was honored to be able to help welcome this great healthcare center to the Town of Greece.
As a leader in breast imaging and breast cancer diagnosis, this new facility will provide greater access to experience professionals for those in need. Thank you for all you do and best of luck at your new location.
This weekend, I joined hundreds at the Walk to Defeat ALS at Ontario Beach Park. Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. This walk helped to raise money for the ALS Association in an effort to help find a cure for this horrible disease.
I was honored to join the Hilton-Parma community last night for the dedication of Fowler Field at the Parma Town Park. This field was dedicated to Steve Fowler for a lifetime of service and commitment to the Hilton-Parma community. It was a great ceremony for a great man, I'm pleased to have been able to be a part of it.
I was pleased to join students and facility from MCC today for their voter registration drive, a grassroots effort to get more students registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day. It was great meeting with so many interested students and discussing the importance of voting with them.
I'd like to thank the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to give an update on State government this morning. I was joined by my colleague in the Senate, Mike Ranzenhofer, to discuss some of the exciting things we're doing in State government to grow business and create jobs in New York.
I was pleased to help cut the ribbon at the new Children's Dental Center at the Volunteers of America this morning. The new dental center will provide comprehensive dental care to children from low-income families who otherwise might not be able to get proper dental care. This project is a one of a kind partnership between the VOA and Rochester General Hospital. Many thanks to all who helped make this project possible.