Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak at, and take part, in a ceremony to officially open The Swedge Shop. The store, located at 732 South Ave, is in the heart of the South Wedge community and is an information center and retail shop. People can come to get coffee mugs, T-shirts, maps, books, pub glasses, water bottles and other Wedge artifacts, learn a little of the history of the community and about upcoming events. For more information on the South Wedge neighborhood, you can visit http://southwedge.com/.
Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak at, and take part in, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Nola's BBQ in Charlotte. Nola's expanded to include a new 'sky deck' to serve customers. Following the ceremony, two local students were each presented with a $500 scholarship for their college education.
On Saturday, August 20th, Senator Robach hosted his 4th Annual Women's Wellness Fair at The Mall at Greece Ridge. Senator Robach would like to thank all of the participants and visitors for their hard work and support to make this year's Wellness Fair a great success. A special thanks to his partners for this year's Woman's Wellness Fair, WDKX 103.9 FM and Rochester Woman Magazine.
Earlier this week, Senator Robach was joined by Town of Greece Councilman Andrew Conlon, and Jerry and Geri Spino to bring all of the donated school supplies and backpacks to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet. Thank you to everyone who made this drive such a success. We collected dozens of backpacks and hundreds of notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils. This drive couldn't have been a success without your support. Best wishes to all the kids on a great 2011-2012 school year!
Senator Robach recently had an opportunity to visit with coaches and players from Rochester Hurricanes Youth Football during a pizza party at School #50. Thank you to Salvatore's Pizzeria for their assistance and support and the great pizza they provided for the coaches, players, and their families. Best wishes to everyone for a successful new season! For more on the Rochester Hurricanes Youth Football Program, follow them here, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rochester-Hurricanes-Football-Cheer-Progr....
On Thursday, August 11th, Senator Robach spoke at, and attended, a board cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Weider's Pro Pain and Hardware in Brighton. The new store is located at the corner of Rhinecliff and Monroe Avenue, at the former Lilac Restaurant. This is the second location for Weider's, which also has a store in Honeoye Falls.
Senator Robach recently had the privilege to speak to, and visit with, kids at the grand opening of the Caring and Sharing Junior Academy on Webster Avenue in Rochester. Caring and Sharing has provided child care in Rochester for 12 years and recently expanded to include the junior academy. The center offers an experimental educational enrichment program to youth who are too old for traditional child care services.
On Thursday, August 4th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend 8th grade graduation and closing ceremonies for the Horizons at Harley Student Enrichment Program. This program has been serving students in grades K through 8th since 1995. For more information on this great program, visit www.horizonsatharley.com.
On Thursday, July 28th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend, and speak at, a ribbon cutting ceremony at Hair Galleria, located on Hudson Avenue. Hair Galleria is an expansion of Hair Casa Inc., a seven-year-old family business. It will employ 15 to 25 full- and part-time. Best wishes to everyone at Hair Galleria!
Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to visit with campers at YMCA Camp NorthPoint in Greece as they attempted to set a world record. On Thursday, July 21st, YMCA campers all across the country roasted marshmallows for 15 seconds in an attempt to set the world record for most people roasting marshmallows at the same time. 221 people were at Camp NorthPoint as a part of this feat. For more information on the YMCA of Greater Rochester, you can visit their website at www.rochesterymca.org/.
On Thursday, July 21st, Senator Robach had the opportunity to visit with seniors at the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center during the 2011 Town of Greece Seniors Summer Picnic. Although, the extremely hot weather moved this year's picnic inside, it was great visit with so many of our residents! For more information on events at the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center, click here, http://greeceny.gov/csc.
Recently, Senator Robach was given a tour of the Unity Health System Modernization and Expansion Project in Greece. Construction begin last year, and is expected to be complete in 2014. Here are more details regarding this project:
The expansion of the Hospital includes the construction of a fourth floor and will add 35 acute care medical/surgical beds. The construction also gives Unity the option of opening 50 additional beds if needed in the future. The plan was approved by the New York State Department of Health Project Review Committee last month and by the New York State Department of Health State Hospital Review and Planning Council last week.
On Saturday, July 16th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to visit with residents during the CrimeStoppers 'Sign Up, Step Up' initiative at the Mall at Greece Ridge. Joining Senator Robach in this photo are Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, CrimeStoppers volunteer Alicia Celso, and Greece resident Stacey Eddy and her family.
On Friday, July 15th, I had the opportunity to speak at, and participate in, a ground breaking ceremony at the future site of the Paul Wolk Common Apartments on State Street in Rochester. The new Wolk Commons is an $8.5 million project that will create 45 mixed-use apartments, most of them for people with mental disabilities. Paul Wolk Commons is expected to open in Spring 2012.
On Wednesday July 13, Senator Robach presented a certificate to Greece student Shaina Sarkis, who received the Stephen A. Segar Scholarship. The award was presented during the Epilepsy Foundation luncheon at Country Club of Rochester. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners and all the best on your future endeavors!
Rochester printing company Monroe Litho is being recognized by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute for leadership in sustainability with the printing industry.
The company, located in downtown Rochester, earned the Pollution Prevention Achievement Award for its environmental initiatives with High Tech Rochester, the local Regional Technology Development Center. The collaboration helped reduce process waste by 100 percent and water usage by 5.9 percent, decrease emissions by 29 percent, and reduce fuel used in the transportation of paper by 31 percent.
On Thursday, July 7th, Senator Robach joined Governor Cuomo as he signed into law the Property Tax Cap, which the New York State Legislature recently passed. Governor Cuomo signed the property tax cap at the home of Mike and Amanda Ostrander in Irondequoit. Like many taxpayers in Monroe County, the Ostranders, parents of two children, have made sacrifices to afford the state's skyrocketing property taxes. Mike is an attorney and Amanda is an Adult literacy teacher who also volunteers at a local day care. They pay nearly $5,000 annually in property taxes, well above the median property tax bill in New York state. This law will provide meaningful tax relief to the Ostrander family and other homeowners across New York.
On Monday, June 20th, I had the opportunity to meet Syracuse University graduate and New York Giants Wide Receiver David Tyree. Tyree is best known for his catch in Super Bowl XLII which helped the Giants beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots 17-14.
Recently, I had the opportunity to congratulate Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to preserving Italian American heritage. The New York State adopted a resolution earlier this month to honor Chazz at the Italian-American Day Celebration.
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to
preserving Italian American heritage
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment that provide
opportunities to celebrate their rich ethnic flavor and which strive to
preserve their cultural heritage; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long