On Saturday, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony hosted by Naiades Oncology Rowing to launch their newest boat. The group is a rowing organization started to help women who have staged the courageous and tough fight against cancer, or who are currently undergoing treatment and are fighting the terrible disease. Their newest boat is named 'Spirit'. For more information on this great group, visit their website at http://www.naiadesoncologyrowing.com/.
On Friday morning, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony of the new Urgent Care Center that is now offered at Anthony L. Jordan Health Center in Rochester. To learn more about the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center and all it offers to our community, visit http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/.
The 84,000-square-foot “living lab” represents RIT’s commitment to the environment through research and academic programs. GIS plans to host an open house for the RIT community later this spring. The building will also be showcased during Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on Saturday, May 4.
Last night, I had the privilege to present a proclamation to Melis Schildkraut of Brighton. She was awarded a scholarship by The Credit Union Association of New York's Rochester Credit Unions. The Rochester Chapter Scholarship Awards Program, solely funded by the annual Rochester Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament, awards scholarships annually to High School seniors who are members of participating Rochester area Credit Unions. Scholarship applications are distributed to participating Credit Unions in November each year with entries being due in late January. Applicants are judged on their academic and essay writing skills, as well as their extra-curricular activities by a panel of volunteer judges.
On Wednesdsay evening, I had the privilege to speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony at Inspire! Learning and Chidcare Center. Inspire is located at 500 Greenlead Road in Greece, at the Greenleaf Meadow Apartments. For more infomration about Inspire, visit their website at http://inspirechildcare.com/.
Last night, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony to honor Sue Swanton as the Gates Lions Club Outstanding Citizen of the Year. I presented her with a proclamation to commend her for all that she has done for our community. She was the Director of Gates Public Library for almost 40 years, and serves in a number of volunteer roles to better the community in which she lives. Congratulations to Sue for this honor!
Yesterday, I welcomed Governor Cuomo to Rochester, who was in town to discuss the 2013-2014 New York State Budget. The legislature recently passed a third straight on time budget. The budget cuts taxes, reduces government spending, and creates jobs for the hard working men and women in our community.
Happy belated birthday to Mary Cramer, who turned 104 on Sunday! Mary is a resident at Hamilton Manor Nursing Home in Greece. On Saturday, I had the privilege to present a certificate to her and meet her family!
On Saturday morning, March 30th, I had the privilege to visit with families and volunteers at the Town of Gates Easter Egg Hunt. Children aged 3-8 years were on the hunt for eggs and candy at Total Sports Experience. More than 1,000 eggs were scattered across the indoor soccer field!
Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to join in the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the renovation of the Carriage Factory Apartments. These are located on Litchfield Street in Rochester. The building, which was built in 1910 and has been vacant for the past 25 years, was once home to Cunningham Carriage Factory. Once renovations are complete, it will include 71 units of affordable rental housing to accommodate people with special needs through DePaul Community Services Inc. For more information on DePaul, visit http://www.depaul.org/.
Recently, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the dedication ceremony for a Habitat for Humanity Home in Rochester. Seven churches were involved in fundraising and volunteering to build the home.
The churches involved in this home were Aldersgate United Methodist, Bethany Presbyterian, Greece Baptist, Greece United Methodist, Hope Lutheran, Messiah Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal, with help from Holy Cross Roman Catholic.
On March 2nd, I had the privilege to attend the 30th Anniversary of The Battery, located in Gates. A small family owned and run business, The Battery is proud to have contributed to make reality the dreams of thousands of young people. We are proud of the Battery students who through the years have signed with Division 1 colleges and universities; proud of those who signed professional contracts , and proud to have a Battery-trained student in the major leagues.
Last Thursday morning, I had the privilege to attend the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium Legislative Breakfast on Domestic Violence. Here I am with Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter and Town of Gates Police Chief David DiCaro.
Recently, I had the privilege to help judge student poster submissions in the annual Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Poster Conest. The posters were on display at the Memorial Art Gallery. Congratulations to the winners, and to all the students for their great submissions!
On Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak to the crowd prior to the Rochester Lancers home game, where the team honored Abby Wambach. It was Abby's first public appearance since she joined the WNY Flash in January. Wambach was chosen as FIFA Player of the Year last month. She also signed autographs prior to kickoff. Here I am photographed with Soccer Sam Fantauzzo, Founder, CEO, and GM of the Rochester Lancers.
On Thursday, February 21st, Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State and budget messages at Kilbourn Hall at the University of Rochester. I had the privilege to speak at the event. Photo courtesy: Judy Sanders - Office of the Governor
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!
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