On Wednesday, February 23rd, the Verizon Foundation awarded Veterans Outreach Center a $10,000 grant to address the disparities in services for female veterans from the Finger Lakes Region who have recently return from tours-of-duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Senator Robach attended, and spoke at, a ceremony announcing the grant. For more information on Veterans Outreach Center, visit their website, http://www.veteransoutreachcenter.org/.
Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to present Miss Evelyn Lashley with an American flag in honor of her receiving her U.S. citizenship. The ARC of Monroe County assists Evelyn, and she currently lives in a residence in Penfield.
On Thursday, February 10, Adirondack Sports Club Chairman Robert Clark announced at a press conference that the organization has secured a new naming rights sponsor for the multi-use stadium. Senator Robach attended, and provided remarks, at the press conference where the new name of the downtown stadium was announced. The home of the Rochester Rhinos, Western New York Flash, and Rochester Rattlers will be called Sahlen's Stadium. Pictured with Senator Robach are Joe Sahlen, President of Sahlen's Packing Company, Robert Clark, Darryl Porter, Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Rochester, and Pat Ercoli, President and COO of the Rochester Rhinos.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, a ceremony to mark the ...expansion of St. Ann's Community. A new building on St. Ann’s Irondequoit campus will house a transitional care center with 72 beds and a palliative care center with 10 beds. A new building on St. Ann’s Cherry Ridge campus in Webster will house a long term care center with 60 beds and a transitional care center with 12 beds. The construction is expected to be completed and the buildings occupied by March 2012.
On Tuesday, February 8, Senator Robach hosted representatives from the YMCA of Greater Rochester for a meeting in his Albany legislative office. Representatives from the YMCA discussed upcoming projects and provided updates on programs available to the community. For more information on the YMCA of Greater Rochester, click here.
On Tuesday, February 8th, Senator Robach met with members from the Monroe County Youth Bureau. Four students and two chaperones made the trip to Albany to discuss topics with Senator Robach. For more information on the Monroe County Youth Bureau, click here to visit their website.
On Thursday, February 3rd, The August Group celebrated its 9th Anniversary with an event at The Bagel Bin Cafe in Brighton. Pictured with Senator Robach are (center) Tracey Aiello, August Group Leader, and (right) Judy Seil, Director of the Monroe County Department of Planning and Development. The August Group is a volunteer organization committed to retain local talent in the Greater Rochester area by facilitating career and business networking for professionals, both employed and those seeking new or different employment. For more information on The August Group, visit their website at www.augustgroup.org.
On Monday, January 31st, the New York State Senate, by a 43-17 vote, passed the Property Tax Cap. Senator Robach said the following on the Senate Floor, "Let me explain to my colleagues in New York City, we do not have hundreds of thousands of people moving into our districts. People are voting with their feet, and are saying it's because of high property tax."
On Friday, January 28th, I had the opportunity to attend a retirement party for Gwen Darrisaw, who is retiring after 20 years with the County of Monroe and CWA 381. During the party, I presented Gwen with a certificate in honor of her service to our community.
Senator Robach meets with Dr. Nirav Shah, who was recently appointed as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Shah and Senator Robach discussed the importance of an efficient health care model.
Recently, Senator Robach attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony for Troop 152 in Brighton. Two members of the troop received their Eagle Scout badge, William J. Devos and Nicholas Sirotenko. Both are pictured with Senator Robach.
On Monday, January 17th, the Maplewood YMCA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of renovations which totaled $5 million dollars, which added 16,000 square feet of space. Senator Robach made remarks prior to the ceremony, and helped cut the ribbon for the remodeled facility. For more information click here to visit the YMCA of Greater Rochester.
Aquinas Institute and Prime Time Brass teamed up to raise funds for Honor Flight Rochester, a program which transports local WWII veterans by plane to view the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. The resulting benefit concert took place at Aquinas on Saturday, January 15, 2011, featuring a mix of jazz, big band and patriotic music performed by Prime Time Brass, the Aquinas Jazz Ensemble, national recording artist Joe Brucato, the Ghost Riders and the Image City Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.
On the heels of last Wednesday's State of the State address, I had the opportunity to catch up with Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy in the Senate Chamber. I look forward to working with the new administration on capping property taxes, reducing state spending, reforming State government, and getting our State back on the right track.
On Monday, January 3rd, Verizon Wireless opened its new location on Jefferson Road. During the ceremony, The Salvation Army Rochester Area Services was awarded a HopeLine Grant from Verizon Wireless, which will benefit the Army’s Hope House Women’s Shelter. The $10,000 grant will be used to provide case management services to homeless women impacted by domestic violence
“About 85 percent of the women who come to Hope House are dealing with issues of domestic violence,” Said Major James Cocker, Rochester area coordinator for The Salvation Army. “We are grateful for this grant, as it will help us provide the much needed support the women in our shelter need to become self-sufficient.”
On Wednesday, December 22nd, Senator Robach had the privilege to donate all of the winter articles of clothing that were donated to the "From One Closet to Another" Coats for Kids Winter Clothes Drive. Clothing was donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet. I thank everyone for their tremendous support and generosity throughout the past three weeks, and for making this project so successful! Pictured with Senator Robach (from left to right) is Town of Greece Deputy Supervisor Jeff McCann, Town of Greece Councilman Andrew Conlon, representatives of the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, and Town of Greece Supervisor John Auberger.
On Saturday, December 18th, WDKX 103.9 FM brought Christmas downtown during its live broadcast from the Monroe County Office Building. During the broadcast, winter coats were given away to children in the Rochester area. Santa Claus and other guests also stopped by the broadcast to visit with those in attendance.
On Friday, December 17th, students at Brookside Elementary School in Greece donated hats, mittens, and other winter articles of clothing to Senator Robach's "From One Closet to Another" Coats for Kids Clothes Drive. Senator Robach is pictured with fourth and fifth graders of the student council. Third graders were not able to attend this morning's event due to a field trip. Articles of clothing will be delivered to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet next week.
On Wednesday, December 15th, the Town of Greece held its annual Seniors Christmas Party at the Town Community and Senior Center. Senator Robach spoke with residents prior to lunch. Also, Santa Claus was the special guest at the luncheon, which featured a sing-a-long. Pictured with Senator Robach and Santa Claus is Town of Greece Supervisor John Auberger. For more information on events in the Town of Greece, visit www.greeceny.gov.