On Saturday, April 30th, Senator Robach had the honor to take part in Opening Day festivities for Brighton Little League. This included a parade and post parade ceremony, where he spoke to all of the participants in this great program. It was great to meet a number of parents and ball players throughout the morning and afternoon. Senator Robach wish you all a successful 2011 Little League season! For more photos from this event, check out my facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/senatorjosepherobach.
On Thursday, April 28th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newest Northwest Savings Bank location. The branch, located at 1441 Monroe Ave. in Brighton, opened for business last Thursday and donated $1,000 to Brighton Volunteer Ambulance during the ceremony. Northwest Savings Bank has other locations throughout our area in Greece, Gates, Penfield, and downtown.
On Friday, April 29th, the Town of Greece held a tree-planting ceremony in honor of Arbor Day. This year, the town planted a tree in memory of a good friend of mine, Ed Marianetti. I was honored to speak at the ceremony and take part in the planting of the tree, which is located in front of Town Hall. Ed's son, Brian, and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks also provided remarks to a number of Ed's friends, who were in attendance. Pictured here, the family of Ed Marianetti plants the tree in his memory.
Earlier this week, Senator Robach had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Monroe County School Boards Association at my District Office in Greece. Pictured with me (clockwise from left front) are: Judy Wadsworth; Alka Phatak, Pittsford Board of Education member; Dr. Morton Stein, Brighton Board of Education member; Dr. Kevin McGowan, Brighton Central School District Superintendent; Mark Kokanovich, Brighton Board of Education member; Jody Siegle, MCSBA; and Darrin Kenney, Pittsford Central School District Business Officer.
Congratulations to Christopher M. Marron, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Chris is a scout with Troop 48, chartered through Greece Baptist Church. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was held Monday night. Here, Senator Robach is pictured with Chris and his grandfather, Mike Loewke.
Recently, I had the opportunity to make remarks at a press conference to announce the Greentopia Festival. The festival will take place at High Falls on the weekend of September 17th and 18th and will provide entertainment for the whole family, along with providing innovative ideas on how to be more friendly to the environment. For more Senator Robach is pictured here with the founders of the Greentopia Festival, Michael Philipson and Lewis Stess.
On Monday, April 18th, Senator Robach had the honor to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to mark the official opening of Nothnagle Realtors new corporate headquarters. The new office, located in downtown Rochester at 217 West Main Street, will bring 70 employees to the area. Nothnagle acquired the 27,000-square foot property in 2009.
On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, a press conference held by United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand supports federal legislation to create a wireless broadband network to enable emergency responders to better communicate with one another during an emergency. The legislation was one of the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
On Saturday, April 16th, Senator Robach joined Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and officials from the City of Rochester during an event for the 27th Annual Crime Victims Rights Week Walk. For more information, visit http://www.4victims.org/.
On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach spoke at, and took part in, a groundbreaking ceremony at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The school broke ground on the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The building will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach and will provide a showcase for green construction and design. RIT received a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Construction Grant Program for the facility and $10 million in funding from the state of New York to assist with construction.
On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach visited with students at School No. 34 in Rochester. The Dr. Louis A. Cerulli School hosted its annual "Snuggle Up with a Good Book/Poem in Your Pocket Day". After talking with students and teachers, Senator Robach also visited with a fifth grade class.
On Thursday, April 13th, in honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields. Senator Robach was proud to support life saving legislation passed by the Senate today. Bill S.3885 would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver's license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision. Also, Senator Robach took part in a special birthday celebration for Lauren along with his Senate colleagues.
On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend a celebration at the Main Street Armory in honor of Tartan Day. More than 500 people attend this year's event which featured live Scottish music throughout the day with eight bands performing. A special congratulations to Andrew McKay, who was presented the Rochester Scot of Year award.
This past Saturday, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, the annual luncheon for AARP Chapter 4598. Senator Robach also presented the organization with a proclamation to celebrate their 20 years of service to our community.
On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back local Veterans following the first Honor Flight of 2011 at the Greater Rochester International Airport. 48 World War II veterans made the trip to Washington D.C. and visited the memorial built to honor all those who fought in that war. For more information on Honor Flight, visit http://www.honorflightrochester.org/.
On Thursday, April 7th, Senator Robach made remarks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Bike Zone location in Greece. Bike Zone is now located at 2100 Ridge Road West. With this expansion, Bike Zone also added new jobs to the community. For more information, you can visit http://bikezonebikes.com/.
On Thursday, April 7th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak with a Town of Pittsford Supervisor Bill Carpenter's class at St. John Fisher College. During the class, I discussed redistricting and a bill I introduced in 2010, and re-introduced this year, bill s717. This bill would require legislative districts be determined without political motivation.
On Friday, April 8th, Senator Robach presented a proclamation to Greece resident Bill Selke to celebrate his 80th birthday. Bill is a part of many organizations throughout our community and I thank him for the great service he provides to our residents and businesses.
On Sunday, April 3rd, I had the opportunity to attend One Step Closer's Bowl-a-thon at Clover Lanes. Families took part in the event which raised money for the organization, which is dedicated for providing needy youth in the Rochester City Schools with a new pair of shoes for the new school year so they may start the year with pride. For more information, visit http://www.onestepcloser.org/.
Senator Robach is pictured here with board members Mildred Jordan-Reynolds and Cindy Becker.
On Saturday, April 2nd, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend a 'Help Us Help Japan' fundraising event at the Danforth Community Center in Rochester. The event was organized by Boy Scout Troop and Pack 169 and all donations and proceeds went to the Japan relief efforts. Scouts collected bottles and cans and also visited with the Jr. ROTC Drill Team.