Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to join in the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the renovation of the Carriage Factory Apartments. These are located on Litchfield Street in Rochester. The building, which was built in 1910 and has been vacant for the past 25 years, was once home to Cunningham Carriage Factory. Once renovations are complete, it will include 71 units of affordable rental housing to accommodate people with special needs through DePaul Community Services Inc. For more information on DePaul, visit http://www.depaul.org/.
Recently, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the dedication ceremony for a Habitat for Humanity Home in Rochester. Seven churches were involved in fundraising and volunteering to build the home.
The churches involved in this home were Aldersgate United Methodist, Bethany Presbyterian, Greece Baptist, Greece United Methodist, Hope Lutheran, Messiah Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal, with help from Holy Cross Roman Catholic.
On March 2nd, I had the privilege to attend the 30th Anniversary of The Battery, located in Gates. A small family owned and run business, The Battery is proud to have contributed to make reality the dreams of thousands of young people. We are proud of the Battery students who through the years have signed with Division 1 colleges and universities; proud of those who signed professional contracts , and proud to have a Battery-trained student in the major leagues.
Last Thursday morning, I had the privilege to attend the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium Legislative Breakfast on Domestic Violence. Here I am with Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter and Town of Gates Police Chief David DiCaro.
Recently, I had the privilege to help judge student poster submissions in the annual Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Poster Conest. The posters were on display at the Memorial Art Gallery. Congratulations to the winners, and to all the students for their great submissions!
On Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak to the crowd prior to the Rochester Lancers home game, where the team honored Abby Wambach. It was Abby's first public appearance since she joined the WNY Flash in January. Wambach was chosen as FIFA Player of the Year last month. She also signed autographs prior to kickoff. Here I am photographed with Soccer Sam Fantauzzo, Founder, CEO, and GM of the Rochester Lancers.
On Thursday, February 21st, Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State and budget messages at Kilbourn Hall at the University of Rochester. I had the privilege to speak at the event. Photo courtesy: Judy Sanders - Office of the Governor
Last Sunday, I had the privilege to help serve, and visit with, guests at the annual Greece Rotary Ziti Dinner. The dinner was held at the Diplomat Party House in Rochester. The rotary served 1,990 dinners in their largest fundraiser of the year. Great to see so many families out last Sunday!
Rochester Academy Charter School administrators, parents, and students visited Albany on Tuesday, February 5th for Charter School Advocacy Day. RACS met with New York State congressmen and women to celebrate the successes of New York State Charter Schools, and specifically Rochester Academy Charter School. Senator Joe Robach also took some time out of his day to speak with Rochester Academy. Some key points from Charter School Advocacy Day include:
• 75,000 students are enrolled in 209 New York State Charter Schools
• More than 52,900 students are on waiting lists for New York State Charter Schools
• 84% of Charter Schools statewide are exceeding the average Math proficiency of their local district
On Thursday, I had the privilege to visit the 9th Annual Rochester Area Crime Stopper's Phone-A-Thon and take phone calls during the lunch hour. To read more about this great organization and the work they do to keep our community safe, visit their website at www.roccrimestoppers.com.
This morning, I had the privilege to attend a meeting where the Community Coalition, a group of leaders representing business, local government, education, labor, and nonprofits convened by the Rochester Business Alliance, delivered the agenda to the local state legislature delegation at a meeting this morning at Rochester Business Alliance headquarters.
On Wednesday afternoon, Changing the Community (CTC) held a ceremony to honor six local high school football players, who were a part of the organization's football camp, as they signed their letters of intent to play college football. The students honored were: Alex Officer of Eastridge High School who is heading to University of Pittsburgh; Chauncey Scissum of Rush-Henrietta High School heading to Syracuse University; Cullen Casey of McQuaid Jesuit High School heading to Old Dominion University; Qwaheem Marshall who played for Wilson Magnet and is heading to Gannon; Rod Stevens of Webster Thomas High School who is heading to Grambling; and Dan Leonard of Bath who is heading to West Liberty.
Later tonight, Linda C. James will be presented with the 2013 New York State African American Public Service Award. Congratulations to Linda on this honor and thank you for all the great work you do in our community! Here is more information about Linda: Linda C. James is the epitome of public service.
On Thursday night, January 31st, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening of the new Greece campus for Bryant & Stratton College. The campus is now located in a brand new state-of-the-art facility on Long Pond Road in Greece. For more information on the services that Bryant & Stratton offers in our community, visit their website at http://www.bryantstratton.edu/.
Last week, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to mark the opening of the new offices for the Federation of Social Workers. For more information on the great work that the members of the FSW do in our community, visit their website at www.fsw-union.com.
Recently, I had the privilege to attend the grand opening celebration for Opa Authentic Greek Koozina in Henrietta. For more information about the restaurant, visit their website at http://www.oparochester.com/.
On Monday, January 21st, I had the privilege to be a part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. This event was held at Eastman Theatre downtown and feature music along with guest speakers. Yesterday marked the 28th year this event has taken place.