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Greece Rotary Zit Dinner

Last Sunday, I had the privilege to help serve, and visit with, guests at the annual Greece Rotary Ziti Dinner. The dinner was held at the Diplomat Party House in Rochester. The rotary served 1,990 dinners in their largest fundraiser of the year. Great to see so many families out last Sunday!

February 14, 2013
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Charter School Advocacy Day

Rochester Academy Charter School administrators, parents, and students visited Albany on Tuesday, February 5th for Charter School Advocacy Day. RACS met with New York State congressmen and women to celebrate the successes of New York State Charter Schools, and specifically Rochester Academy Charter School. Senator Joe Robach also took some time out of his day to speak with Rochester Academy. Some key points from Charter School Advocacy Day include:

• 75,000 students are enrolled in 209 New York State Charter Schools

• More than 52,900 students are on waiting lists for New York State Charter Schools

• 84% of Charter Schools statewide are exceeding the average Math proficiency of their local district

February 13, 2013
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Crime Stoppers Phone-A-Thon

On Thursday, I had the privilege to visit the 9th Annual Rochester Area Crime Stopper's Phone-A-Thon and take phone calls during the lunch hour. To read more about this great organization and the work they do to keep our community safe, visit their website at www.roccrimestoppers.com.

February 12, 2013
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Rochester Community Coalition Meeting

This morning, I had the privilege to attend a meeting where the Community Coalition, a group of leaders representing business, local government, education, labor, and nonprofits convened by the Rochester Business Alliance, delivered the agenda to the local state legislature delegation at a meeting this morning at Rochester Business Alliance headquarters.

February 8, 2013
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Local Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

On Wednesday afternoon, Changing the Community (CTC) held a ceremony to honor six local high school football players, who were a part of the organization's football camp, as they signed their letters of intent to play college football. The students honored were: Alex Officer of Eastridge High School who is heading to University of Pittsburgh; Chauncey Scissum of Rush-Henrietta High School heading to Syracuse University; Cullen Casey of McQuaid Jesuit High School heading to Old Dominion University; Qwaheem Marshall who played for Wilson Magnet and is heading to Gannon; Rod Stevens of Webster Thomas High School who is heading to Grambling; and Dan Leonard of Bath who is heading to West Liberty.

February 7, 2013
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Linda James Receives NYS Public Service Award

Later tonight, Linda C. James will be presented with the 2013 New York State African American Public Service Award. Congratulations to Linda on this honor and thank you for all the great work you do in our community! Here is more information about Linda: Linda C. James is the epitome of public service.

February 5, 2013
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Bryant & Stratton Opens New Greece Office

On Thursday night, January 31st, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening of the new Greece campus for Bryant & Stratton College. The campus is now located in a brand new state-of-the-art facility on Long Pond Road in Greece. For more information on the services that Bryant & Stratton offers in our community, visit their website at http://www.bryantstratton.edu/.

February 1, 2013
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DAP Celebrates 30 Years

On Tuesday, January 29th, I had the privilege to attend a press conference for the Disability Advocacy Program. The program is celebrating their 30th year. For more information, visit http://www.empirejustice.org/issue-areas/disability-benefits/dap/.

January 30, 2013
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Federation of Social Workers Opens New Office

Last week, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to mark the opening of the new offices for the Federation of Social Workers. For more information on the great work that the members of the FSW do in our community, visit their website at www.fsw-union.com.

January 24, 2013
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Opa Authentic Greek Koozina Opens

Recently, I had the privilege to attend the grand opening celebration for Opa Authentic Greek Koozina in Henrietta. For more information about the restaurant, visit their website at http://www.oparochester.com/.

January 23, 2013
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2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

On Monday, January 21st, I had the privilege to be a part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. This event was held at Eastman Theatre downtown and feature music along with guest speakers. Yesterday marked the 28th year this event has taken place.

January 22, 2013
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Electronics Recycling Event a Success

On Saturday, I was joined by Scout Troop #94 of Gates and employees from Sunnking Electronics Recycling, as we took part in an electronics recycling event at the Monroe County Ecopark. I would like to personally thank both Cindy Jessop of Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Chris Mueller of Time Warner Cable for making this event possible. During the event, which ran from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., we collected several thousand pounds of electronics from televisions, to old computers.

January 7, 2013
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School 30 Children Read Over 20,000 Books!

Yesterday morning, School #30 principal Jason Wertz and the rest of the faculty and staff of the school celebrated the success of its children in grades pre-K thru 6 who read 22,000 books from mid-October until mid-December. As past of the event, the students got a visit from the Rochester Fire Department and Principal Wertz was sent to the roof for the children to see! Congratulations to all of the students on this tremendous accomplishment.

December 20, 2012
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Greece Rotary Recognizes Outstanding Youth

Last night, I had the privilege to attend an event where the Greece Rotary recognized outstanding youth in our community. Congratulations to all the young men and women on your distinction and thank you for making contributions to our community. Best wishes and continued success for all you do inside, and outside, of the classroom! The young men and women are Joseph Miller, Vanessa Whitt, Kyle Besser, Julia Kostin, Patrick Barry, Nathan Christensen, Bianca Sansone, Elijah VanOrman, Jordan Coolidge, and Timmy Webster.

December 20, 2012
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School #7 Hosts Faculty/Guest vs. Students Hoops Game

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to take part in the Virgil I. Grissom School #7 Faculty/Guest vs. Students basketball game. I was joined by New York State Assemblyman Brian Kolb, along with faculty and staff from School #7. Prior to the game, I had the opportunity to meet with students in their classroom, and following the game, I met members of the school's basketball team. Great job by everyone this morning and great school spirit shown by all of the students in attendance!

December 17, 2012
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Statement on Thruway Authority Decision to Pull Toll Hike

Earlier today, the New York State Thruway Authority pulled a plan which would have increased tolls on the Thruway 45% for commercial trucks. I would like to thank everyone who signed my on-petition to call on the NYS Thruway Authority NOT to increase tolls. Your voices have been heard by the Authority and our Governor. Also, I would like to thank the folks at Klein Steel, Inc. for their support and hosting a press conference in August that discussed the negative impact a toll hike would have on jobs, the working class, and small businesses in our community. Finally, thanks to Steve Wadhams of Wadhams Enterprises. This time the loud voice of people served democracy well.

December 17, 2012
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WDKX Share the Warmth

On Saturday, I had the privilege to take part in the WDKX 103.9 FM Share the Warmth annual holiday event. This event provides children the opportunity to pick up winter coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats that were graciously donated to WDKX. Thank you to all who helped make this event possible!

December 17, 2012
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2012 Career Fair A Great Success

Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit with guests at the 2012 Career Fair For Business and Technical Professionals. I was proud to sponsor this event with Monroe Community College, Time Warner Cable, Angelo Planning Group, LLC, RochesterWorks!, and The August Group. Thank you to all of the area businesses and organizations who were on hand to meet with prospective employees. The New York State Department of Labor has set up New York State Jobs Express, which provides thousands of job openings each day. To view the available openings, visit http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm.

December 14, 2012
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North Clinton Annual Tree Lighting

Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend the annual North Clinton Tree Lighting. The event featured a parade, which included Santa Claus and students from Schools Number 9 and 20 in the City of Rochester. The event is sponsored by the North Clinton Business Association, along with support from Albert Algarin.

December 13, 2012
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Banzai Sushi and Cocktail Bar Opens in South Wedge

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at the grand opening ceremony for Banzai Sushi and Cocktail Bar. The business recently opened in the South Wedge. Banzai cuisine is a casual restaurant and bar that serves sushi and Dim sum, done our way. The sushi chefs have a combine 30+ years experience to roll and slice you some of the best sushi, your taste buds will thank you. Banzai also has a full service bar with an emphasis on craft cocktails with whole, fresh ingredients, and we have crafted sake cocktails as well. We also carry unique brands that are USDA organic and sustainable. For more information, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BanzaiSushiAndCocktail.

December 13, 2012
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