Yesterday, I joined Rochester Mayor Tom Richards and my colleagues from City government to officially kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of Rochester. Students from Wilson Foundation unveiled the 23 National flags of Latin America, which will hang from the mezzanine overlooking the City Hall Atrium, where they will remain during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Yesterday afternoon, I joined Mayor Tom Richards, County Executive Maggie Brooks and other local officials at the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Academy Building. Originally built in 1873, the Academy Building was once home to the City's first school. Renovated by Traikos Real Estate Group, this historic Downtown Rochester building will now be home to residential apartments and commercial space.
I was pleased to be able to support this project through Round 2 of the Restore New York Program.
This morning I joined Mayor Tom Richards to announce an exciting new project for the High Falls area in Downtown Rochester. I'm pleased to be able to secure state funding to help this new project that will upgrade the existing trail along the Genesee River and High Falls and help pay for new lighting of the falls.
We're so fortunate to have an attraction like High Falls in our community, this project will allow more people to experience all it has to offer.
I was honored to join my colleagues in government at the ribbon cutting for the new Windstream building at the former Midtown Plaza site in Downtown Rochester. About 335 Windstream employees will be working out of this building on a daily basis, bringing more people and jobs to Downtown Rochester.
Last night, the Greece Central School District held its summer commencement ceremony at the Greece Athena Performing Arts Center. 18 students from all four Greece High Schools received their High School Diploma, along with 88 graduates receiving their Adult Literacy GED Diploma.
The Rochester City School District held a ribbon cutting today for Enrico Fermi School 17 on Orchard Street. School 17 is an extended learning time school, adding 300 hour to the school year for each student in grades Pre-K through 8th. This school will provide City School students with all of the tools needed to be successful in the classroom.
Best of luck to Principal Dr. Ralph Spezio, the teachers, students and parents of School 17 on a great school year!
The Greece Chamber of Commerce held its 3rd annual Taste of the Town Sunday afternoon at the Greece Community & Senior Center. This family-friendly event brings local restaurants together to promote their business and give taste-sized samples to attendees. You'd be hard-pressed to leave hungry, I'm already looking forward to next year's event!
On Saturday afternoon, the Greece Community Partners held their annual Volunteer recognition ceremony at the Greece Community & Senior Center. I was pleased to be invited to help recognize this year's 22 honorees. Each honoree has given their time and dedication volunteering in our community. It's people like these recipients that make the Town of Greece a great community.
Last night, I was pleased to join my colleagues in government at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester's 10th annual Terri Schmitt Legislative Reception. This reception was highlighted by a beautiful tribute to Terri from her son, Tim Deckman.
Terri served as Co-Chair of the BCCR and was an unbelievable advocate for our community until losing her own battle with breast cancer in April 2002. While it's been 11 years since Terri's unfortunate passing, her legacy and vision lives on through the BCCR.
Last Saturday, I was pleased to join Grace Unity Fellowship Church for their community parade and youth festival. This free event celebrates young people in our community and encourages them to make our city a safer place to live. I'd like to thank Reverend Roosevelt Dixon and all who planned and participated in this great event.
The Greece Historical Society celebrated the 25th anniversary of moving the Larkin-Beattie-Howe House from the corner of Latta Road and Long Pond Road to its current location at 595 Long Pond Road. I was honored to serve as an honorary host for this event.
On Tuesday night, I celebrated National Night Out Against Crime in the Dewey-Stone neighborhood in the Town of Greece, and at Ontario Beach Park with the Charlotte Community Association. National Night Out is recognized nationwide to raise awareness for anti-crime efforts and to promote community-police partnerships.
This morning, I joined Mayor Tom Richards and members of the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council at the Port of Rochester to announce that the City is now seeking a firm to begin construction on the exciting Marina project.
I had the pleasure of taking part in the annual Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association Youth Burn Camp Send-off Breakfast yesterday morning. These resilient children will take part in Camp Courage, a four day retreat for youth burn victims. This camp gives them a chance to participate in a wide array of activities that encourage creating a new and positive self-image. Special thanks to the Rochester Fire Department for hosting the send-off breakfast.
I was honored to attend the 2nd annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert was held at Greece Post 468 this past weekend. Post 468 did an incredible job planning this great event once again. 100% of the proceeds from this event went to the NY Warrior Alliance.
To this year's honorees, Cody Coopenberg, Danny Fittos and Christopher Velez - we humbly thank you for your service to our great nation, and for putting the lives of others above your own.
I had a great time reading to Kindergarteners at the Horizons Summer Program at the Harley School for their annual Community Reading Day and Book Fair. This six week program focuses on math, reading and writing, and serves under-privileged youth from the City of Rochester.
Today, I had the privilege of joining Lt. Governor Duffy and other local leaders in announcing that the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering will be opening a solar manufacturing and technology development facility in the Town of Greece. SUNY CSNE will invest $100 million in to this one-of-a-kind project by transforming an empty 57,000 square foot facility, formerly used by Kodak, and will create 100 jobs for our community.
Earlier this week, I joined Joni Monroe, Executive Director of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, to announce the first two grant recipients of their development & design fund program. This program provides grants to non-profits seeking to implement physical improvement projects in the City's northeast neighborhoods, and is funded by the generous Farash and Wolk Foundations.
Congratulations to the Dazzle School of Visual & Performing Arts, which is relocating to a building on Webster Avenue, and the Joseph Avenue Business Association, which is opening the Joseph Avenue Museum of History & Religion at 692 Joseph Avenue.
Last night, I had the pleasure of welcoming participants of this year's City of Rochester and RochesterWorks summer employment program. I'm pleased to say that I've helped secure funding for this program the past few years; with the support of Mayor Richards and the City of Rochester, we're able to help over 400 youth gain summer employment and learn valuable skills for their future.
This past weekend, the Town of Gates celebrated its 200th Birthday with a bang! It started with a parade from Gates Town Hall to Gates-Chili High School. The celebration continued with performances by the Jig's Up String Band, Keys to the Caddy and the infamous Lou Gramm Band.
The Town of Gates was incorporated on April 1, 1813, making it one of the oldest towns in Monroe County.
I'm pictured here with the great Lou Gramm and Monroe County Legislator Steve Tucciarello.