I was pleased to join AutismUp for its second annual Kite Flite on Saturday morning at Rothfuss Park in Penfield. AutismUp has quickly become our area's leading autism organization, supporting individuals and families dealing with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Thanks to everyone who came out in support or donated to Kite Flite. For more information visit www.autismup.org.
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I was pleased to join City of Rochester officials and the Charlotte community for the ribbon cutting of Kneads & Wants Bakery on Lake Avenue. It's always great to see new, local business open in my hometown community of Charlotte. Congratulations to Tracy Burgio and everyone at Kneads & Wants!
I was pleased to join my colleagues in State government to announce that seven local police agencies will receive state funding for bullet proof vests through the inVEST Partnership. These vests are critical to the brave men and women who protect our community on a daily basis.
It was a beautiful day Saturday morning for the annual Puerto Rican Parade in downtown Rochester. I was pleased to once again sponsor this great parade that celebrates the proud Puerto Rican heritage in the Rochester community!
This afternoon I joined City of Rochester officials and the Park Ave Neighborhood in welcoming Sweet Sammie Jane's Catering and Bake Shop to 701 Park Avenue. Congratulations to Kathie and Angela Marmo, and their entire family, on this exciting endeavor.
Congratulations to Ryan Uribe and the entire team at Upstate Sports & Spine on the opening of their new office in the Town of Brighton! Upstate Sports & Spine specializes in treating a variety of ailments, from back and neck pain to joint issues and much more! Welcome to the Brighton community!
Thanks to the Greece Central School District for inviting me to read to elementary school students for their summer reading program at English Village yesterday afternoon. This is a great program that helps students improve their reading and literacy during summer vacation!
Last night, I joined Mayor Lovely Warren and the Rochester community to re-light High Falls in Downtown Rochester. I was pleased to secure funding to help pay for this project, which is not only re-lighting High Falls, but also improve and upgrade the adjacent Genesee Riverway Trail. The Falls will be lit 7 days a week with colored lighting Wednesdays through Sundays, and white lighting Mondays and Tuesdays. Be sure to come see this wonderful Rochester landmark at its finest!
It was great to see so many people come out to Ontario Beach Park to see the Skycoasters play at the Concerts by the Shore last night. Thanks to everyone on the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee for their planning, and to Wegmans for their continued sponsorship of these free and entertaining concerts!
Congratulations to Paul Wagner and the entire team at Comprehensive Mold Management on their new office location in the Town of Gates. A family-owned and operated small business, CMM is one of the region's leaders in mold remediation and other in-home services. Visit their website at www.compmold.com for more info!
I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and representatives from Geva Theatre this morning to announce Geva's agreement with Woodbury Place. Formerly Merkel Donohue warehouse, this building will be re-purposed to house actors and actresses performing at Geva Theatre. Located just steps away from Geva Theatre in the Washington Square neighborhood, this project enhance the revitalization of Downtown Rochester.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to read to students at Brookside Elementary School in the Town of Greece as part of their summer reading program. This was a great way to help teach these students about the importance of literacy education!
The great Coupe De'Villes played at the Concerts by the Shore at Ontario Beach Park last night in front of a rockin' crowd. Many thanks to Joe Carrozzi and everyone with the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee for all of their hard work planning these concerts every week.
I joined my colleagues in State government to announce the newly created New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium. This consortium will create thousands of jobs across New York, including 500 here in Rochester, and will focus on developing and manufacturing the next generation of materials used on semiconductors. This is a great example of public-private partnership that will benefit the entire community by creating new jobs and investing in our region.
I helped the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League open the International Games at a ceremony over the weekend. This tournament gave teams from RHYBL and the Charlotte Youth Athletic Association the opportunity to compete against teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. RHYBL is more than just a youth baseball league, they teach their players about commitment and respect, on the baseball diamond and in the classroom. Way to go RHYBL!
I joined officials from St. John Fisher College to break ground on the new Integrated Science and Health Science building on campus. This new building will provide a state of the art learning facility for future nurses, pharmacists and other clinical professionals, giving them hands-on learning experience for life after college.
I joined members of the Rochester chapter of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS to help launch a campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in our community. The NLBCA's campaign is seeking to improve testing and provide a better linkage to care for those who test positive. For more information visit www.nblca.org.
I recently joined George Traikos and the Traikos family for the opening of the Founders Cafe in the Academy Building in Downtown Rochester. Located at 13 South Fitzhugh Street, the Founders Cafe offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads and coffee. Many thanks to George and the entire Traikos family for their investment in Downtown Rochester!
I had the pleasure of visiting with students at Quest Elementary School in Hilton and listening to their year-end Exhibition project presentations. What a great group of smart and eager students! I'm pictured here with Marina who did her Exhibition presentation on birth defects. Great work to all of the students, enjoy your summer!