I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo, Lt. Governor Duffy and my colleagues from the State Legislature today as the Governor signed legislation to combat growing heroin and opioid epidemic. As a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I heard firsthand of the horrors these drugs can have on users and their families. This package of legislation is a step in the right direction to putting an end to this statewide problem.
I was pleased to help welcome members of the NHL Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers to the State Capitol yesterday afternoon. I'm pictured here with players Dominic Moore, Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan, President & General Manager Glen Sather and Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld. As great as it was to meet them, I still bleed Sabres' blue and gold!
On Friday night, I joined students from Gates Chili High School and the Gates Chili community at their annual Relay for Life Event. This was a great event that brought so many people together to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. Many thanks to the students and facility that helped plan and coordinate this day.
We had a great turnout of employers and perspective employees for our annual Career Fair at Monroe Community College. Thanks to everyone at The August Group for helping to coordinate this event, and to Time Warner Cable, Angelo Planning Group, RochesterWorks!, and the Veterans Outreach Center for co-sponsoring this event.
I was pleased to join members of the Rochester Regional Library Council for their 48th annual luncheon recently. This is a great event that helps highlight the importance of libraries and honors the dedication of library staffs in our community.
Today, I joined Governor Cuomo, Lt. Governor Duffy and my partners in the New York State Legislature at RIT for an exciting announcement about the START-UP NY program. Datto, Inc., a technology leader and solutions innovator, is locating an office on the campus of RIT thanks to the innovative START-UP NY program. I am proud to have worked with Governor Cuomo on this program.
I joined my colleagues in government and the Greece community at the annual Town of Greece Memorial Day parade and ceremony. This is a great tradition that is attended by so many local veterans, organizations and residents. Thanks to all who participated in the parade and to everyone who came to the ceremony afterwards to honor all those who have died for our country.
On Memorial Day, I joined members of the Greece Post 468 American Legion at their remembrance ceremony. This was a moving tribute that paid homage to those who died in the name freedom and liberty. We're so fortunate to have a active and dedicated American Legion Post in the Town of Greece.
I was honored to join my colleagues in government and residents from the Town of Gates at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Gates Town Hall. This was a wonderful community ceremony that paid tribute to our nation's veterans, active troops and those who died in combat. Thanks to all who took time out of their day to honor our nation's heroes.
This morning, I joined Larry Glazer, Bob Morgan and my colleagues in government for the start of construction on the Tower at Midtown Rising. This project is a great example of State and Local government working with private investors for the betterment of our community. This project will help bring the excitement back to Downtown Rochester, just like Midtown Mall did during its glory years!
Crime Stoppers of Rochester recently donated to the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Greece Police Department to assist with funding for each department's K-9 Units. Many thanks to Crime Stoppers for their assistance with law enforcement in our community and for giving back in an effort to help fight crime!
State Senator Joe Robach is proud to announce the induction of John Foy, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 20. This honor is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community and their accomplishments as a civilian.
I was pleased to join scouts and parents from Tay House Boy Scout Troop 19 in celebrating its 95th anniversary. Tay House Troop 19 prides itself on being entirely run by the scouts and still follows many of the same principles established by the founding troops in 1919. Congratulations on 95 great years, here's to 95 more!
I recently joined the Rochester community at the annual NAMIWalks fundraiser at Village Gate. NAMIWalks is the areas largest mental health fundraising effort, raising over $100,000 this year alone. For more information on NAMI Rochester, visit their website at www.namirochester.org. Thanks to everyone who came out in support or donated to this cause.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester, MVP Healthcare and LifeSpan of Rochester have teamed up to unveil the MVP Healthcare Living Well Center at the Westside YMCA in Gates. This is the second YMCA community center for seniors in the Rochester area.
I had a great time reading "House Mouse Senate Mouse" to 2nd and 3rd grade students at Walt Disney Elementary School in the Town of Gates this afternoon. The students enjoyed the book and had some great questions about government and my job as a State Senator. Thanks to the Gates Chili School District and the Rochester Regional Library Council for the invitation!
Every Mother's Day, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester hosts a Pink Ribbon Run and Walk fundraiser. Every dollar raised at this great event stays in the Rochester community to help those impacted by breast cancer. This year's run/walk was the most successful yet, raising over $175,000 and a record number of participants! I was pleased to be there to support the BCCR and everyone who has been touched by breast cancer.
The Genesee Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. I was pleased to present the members with an official proclamation from the New York State Senate. Congratulations on 50 great years, Semper Fi!