I had the pleasure of taking part in the annual Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association Youth Burn Camp Send-off Breakfast yesterday morning. These resilient children will take part in Camp Courage, a four day retreat for youth burn victims. This camp gives them a chance to participate in a wide array of activities that encourage creating a new and positive self-image. Special thanks to the Rochester Fire Department for hosting the send-off breakfast.
I was honored to attend the 2nd annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert was held at Greece Post 468 this past weekend. Post 468 did an incredible job planning this great event once again. 100% of the proceeds from this event went to the NY Warrior Alliance.
To this year's honorees, Cody Coopenberg, Danny Fittos and Christopher Velez - we humbly thank you for your service to our great nation, and for putting the lives of others above your own.
I had a great time reading to Kindergarteners at the Horizons Summer Program at the Harley School for their annual Community Reading Day and Book Fair. This six week program focuses on math, reading and writing, and serves under-privileged youth from the City of Rochester.
Today, I had the privilege of joining Lt. Governor Duffy and other local leaders in announcing that the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering will be opening a solar manufacturing and technology development facility in the Town of Greece. SUNY CSNE will invest $100 million in to this one-of-a-kind project by transforming an empty 57,000 square foot facility, formerly used by Kodak, and will create 100 jobs for our community.
Earlier this week, I joined Joni Monroe, Executive Director of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, to announce the first two grant recipients of their development & design fund program. This program provides grants to non-profits seeking to implement physical improvement projects in the City's northeast neighborhoods, and is funded by the generous Farash and Wolk Foundations.
Congratulations to the Dazzle School of Visual & Performing Arts, which is relocating to a building on Webster Avenue, and the Joseph Avenue Business Association, which is opening the Joseph Avenue Museum of History & Religion at 692 Joseph Avenue.
Last night, I had the pleasure of welcoming participants of this year's City of Rochester and RochesterWorks summer employment program. I'm pleased to say that I've helped secure funding for this program the past few years; with the support of Mayor Richards and the City of Rochester, we're able to help over 400 youth gain summer employment and learn valuable skills for their future.
This past weekend, the Town of Gates celebrated its 200th Birthday with a bang! It started with a parade from Gates Town Hall to Gates-Chili High School. The celebration continued with performances by the Jig's Up String Band, Keys to the Caddy and the infamous Lou Gramm Band.
The Town of Gates was incorporated on April 1, 1813, making it one of the oldest towns in Monroe County.
I'm pictured here with the great Lou Gramm and Monroe County Legislator Steve Tucciarello.
I was honored to join Lt. Governor Duffy and other local leaders at today's Eastman Business Park community update where we announced an agreement between New York State and Kodak. This agreement will help attract more businesses and bring more jobs to our community, and features three major components -
On Saturday, June 22, I was pleased to join the 2013 class of Wilson Magnet High School at their graduation ceremony. Best of luck to the 300+ graduates of this year's class, we know you will represent our community well! I'm pictured here with Assistant to the Mayor Darryl Porter and graduates Cameron and Bailey.
Last weekend, I joined 1,000 fellow Rochester residents at Susan B. Anthony Square to celebrate the 11th annual local Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863, but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that slaves in Galveston, Texas, got word that the Civil War had ended and all the enslaved were free.
I was privileged to kick off the Hope for Pets Walk last weekend at Highland Park. Rochester Hope for Pets assists pets whose owners are facing financial hardships. Thanks to all those who walked to help support this important organization! For more information about them, please check out their website on rochesterhopeforpets.org.
This weekend, I had the oppurtunity to join the Monroe County chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) has they held their 12th annual Flag Day Freedom Rally and Motorcycle Run at Washington Square Park.
This Saturday, I joined WDKX Radio and the Rochcester Jamaican Organization at the 33rd Annual Community Health Fair. Witih such a great turnout, I want to thank all the volunteers and everyone who attended!
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in the 10th Annual CURE Chilhood Cancer Survivors Day Picnic. This year the event was held at Genesee Valley Park. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible. I am greatful for being part of such an inspirational event.
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Recently, I attended an event to honor Paul Montanarello and Gladys Vasciannie. Both Paul and Gladys have dedicated much of their lives to education and helping individuals within the Rochester City School District. We are very fortunate to have not only Paul and Gladys, but the many people who dedicate their time helping and shaping the youth of our community. Thank you for all that you do!
Today, I had the opportunity to join hundreds of participants and their families at the 2013 Monroe County Special Olympics Track and Field Games at Lebeau Field at Hilton High School. I would like to thank Hilton Central School District for hosting the event. A special thank you to those who have been involved in making this year's Special Olympics such a huge success! Everyone was a winner today!
Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak with students at the Rochester City School District Leadership Academy for Young Men. We discussed the duties of state government and what students need to do to be successful throughout high school and beyond. Here I am photographed with principal Wakili Moore and some of the students from the Leadership Academy for Young Men.
On Sunday, May 19th, Honor Flight Rochester welcomed home veterans who were a part of the organization's 28th Mission. It is always and honor and a privilege to take part in this great ceremony to welcome back those who sacrificed so much to make our country what it is today and allow us to enjoy each and every day.