On Thursday, I spoke at a cermeony to announce the renovation of the Academy Building downtown. The $5.8 million dollar project will transform the building into commercial and residential space. An $800,000 grant from the Restore New York fund was secured for this project. Located at 13 Fitzhugh Street, the building housed Rochester's first high school.
(Rochester, N.Y.) - Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in the Rochester City School District's ground breaking ceremony to launch the schools modernization program. Five schools will mark the beginning of a $325 million dollar construction program. Overall, 15 projects are to be completed by September 2015 as phase one of the schools modernization program. Today's ceremony was held at School No. 50, where work is underway.
On Wednesday night, I had the honor to introduce Fred Costello and Company prior to their 7:15 p.m. performance at the 2012 Rochester International Jazz Festival. Thank you to the all of those who work behind the scenes to make this event so successful each and every year. For more information and the remaining schedule to this year's Jazz Festival, visit http://www.rochesterjazz.com/.
On Wednesday, I was a part of the grand reopening ceremony at the Tops Supermarket in Hilton. The store recently underwent renovations, and used to be Furnal's Fresh Market. Tops is also celebrating its 50th year. To learn more about the grand re-openings, visit https://secure.topsmarkets.com/departments/Grand_Re_Openings/.
Earlier today, I had the opportunity to record a segment to discuss the summer reading initiative sponsored by Greece Central School District. Greece-Turning Pages encourages students from kindergarten through high school to take an active participation in summer reading to help them maintain their reading skills and return to school in the fall, ready to learn. For more information about this program, visit http://web001.greece.k12.ny.us/community.cfm?subpage=38411.
On Friday evening, June 22nd, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, a rally for Karen Klein. As many of you know, Karen is the bus monitor from Greece who was the victim of bullying by middle school students. The video of the event has become a national story. Over 100 members of the Greece community also came out to the rally.
Recently I had the privilege to attend a ceremony at Twelve Corners Middle School in Brighton where the school received an award for the New York State Education Department. Twelve Corners was designated a 2012 Essential Elements: Schools to Watch recipient. Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff on a job well done!
Last weekend, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the Greece Relay for Life. This annual fundraiser is sponsored by the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. It was great to see so many families take part in this year's event!
Recently, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for Regus Group. The Regus Business Center is designed for small business owners that want a presence downtown. It is 10,000 square feet which includes conferences rooms, a kitchen, and wi-fi access. Regus also provides administrative services. Regus has over 1,000 locations around the world.
Yesterday, I had the privilege to recognize Autumn Lane Elementary School library and Brighton Memorial Library with New York State Resolutions. Both libraries were presented awards during the Rochester Regional Library Council's 46th Annual Membership Meeting. Pictured with me from Autumn Lane are Tasha Potter, principal, Autumn Lane School; Katherine Boggs, librarian, Autumn Lane; Mary Ellen Garritano, Autumn Lane library staff.
Recently, I had the opportunity to welcome Garbin Graphics and Print to Greece. The business opened their new office on West Ridge Road. Best wishes to Tom and your entire team for continued success! For more information about Garbin Graphics, visit their website, http://www.garbingraphics.com/home.html.
Earlier today, I had the opportunity to speak at the grand opening of Monroe County's second dog park. It is located at Ellison Park on Blossom Road. For more information on dog parks in Monroe County, click http://www.monroecounty.gov/parks-DogParks.php.
Recently, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the award ceremony for the "Lend Us Your Story Video Contest". This contest was for children under the age of 17, and required them to shoot short videos about why the Rochester Public Library is important to them. The grand prize winner received a Kindle Fire, and the second and third prize winners received a Kindle. Great work by all the kids involved!
Recently, Participation in Government students from Rochester's School of the Arts visited Senator Robach in Albany for a day. The students received tours of the state Capitol, learned about the day-to-day responsibilities of the state government, and met with state lawmakers.
(Rochester, NY) - Recently, I had the privilege to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Christopher's Place Playground. It is located adjacent to Cameron Community Miinistries’ facilities at 48 Cameron St. The playground includes a bank of four swings, a teeter totter, extensive climbing area with slides and a sports court with portable basketball hoop as well as space for jump roping, games and other neighborhood events. The project also includes a raised bed planter so that children can learn about vegetable gardening. The playground was constructed to enhance programs for after school youth enrolled at Cameron Community Ministries, but it will be open at designated times for neighborhood use.
Yesterday, I had the privilege and honor to take part in Memorial Day celebrations around our community. It was great to see so many familiar faces around Gates, Hilton, Greece, Charlotte, and Rochester. Thank you to all the brave men and women for your sacrifice and service to our Country.
On Wednesday, May 23rd, I had the privilege to honor the Fedele family as recipients of the 2012 New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. It was a privilege to nominate this well-deserving family for their courage, bravery, and sacrifice for our Country. Thank you to the Fedele family and to all of those who have serve, and continue to serve for our Country.
The Fedele family, like millions of other American families, responded to their country’s needs during World War II. Except that, unlike every other family, the Fedeles sent eight brothers off to war. This was the record for the most men from one family to serve in a foreign war at the same time.
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the ground breaking ceremony to kick off an expansion project at Lollypop Farm. The expansion is being funded by their Unleash the Dream Campaign. To learn more about the great work Lollypop Farm does in our community, visit their website, http://www.lollypop.org/.
On Tuesday night, May 15th, I had the privilege to present Hilda Rosario Escher, president and CEO of Ibero American Action League, with a New York State Women of Distinction Award. As President and CEO, she is the voice of the Rochester Hispanic Community. Hilda focuses her efforts on strategic planning, developing leaders in her organization and being a change agent leading innovation. Since 1968 Ibero-American Action League has taken a leadership role in nurturing partnerships, services, and advocacy among the community to meet the needs of the Latinos in the Rochester area. Hilda has an extensive background in Human Services including: developmental disabilities, foster care, adoption, day care and employment and training services.
Yesterday, I had the privilege to take part in, and speak at, the 2012 Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Pink Ribbon Run and Walk. Thousands of runners and walkers turned out for this year's event, at Ontario Beach Park. What a great way to celebrate Mother's Day then to be a part of this special event with my mother, and so many other great families from our community. It was great to catch up with and vist with so many people! Great work by every at BCCR on this year's walk.