In this week's community connection, a message for our students as they return to school; visiting with students and faculty at Flower City School #54 on the first day; and upcoming events in the week ahead. Click the PDF link below to read this week's community connection in full-screen.
In this week's Community Connection, an important reminder for back to school shopping, upcoming events around the area in the week ahead, and kicking off the new school year with kids at School #36! Click the link below to read this week's community connection in full-screen.
Believe it or not, it’s back-to-school time again! Preparing our kids for a new school year can be a fun and exciting time, but with so many families feeling an economic crunch these days, it can be a stressful time as well. That’s why I wanted to remind you of some good news that is sure to help your back-to-school budget. Shoppers will not pay state sales tax on clothing purchases up to $110. Clothing purchases can be a big part of a family budget, and I was pleased to support this tax cut to help hardworking New Yorkers keep more money in their pockets. Repealing the sales tax on clothing is projected to save a typical family of four nearly $200 a year.
In this week's Community Connection: information regarding my 5th Annual Women's Wellness Fair, upcoming events around the area in the week ahead, and The College at Brockport breaks ground on the first new academic building on the campus in 40 years. Click the PDF link below to read it in full-screen.
In this week's Community Connection, my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive wraps up, the Greece Public Library unveils its latest renovations, and some of the upcoming events around the area in the week ahead. As always, you can read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view by clicking on the link below.
In this week's Community Connection, wrapping up the 2012 Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive, upcoming events in our Community, and looking back at National Night Out. To view this week's Community Connection in full-screen, click on the link below.
In this week's Community Connection, Governor Cuomo signs three pieces of legislation, that I was proud to sponsor, into law; upcoming events around our community; and youth get a send-off at a Rochester fire station before 'Burn Camp 2012'. As always, you can click the link below to read this week's community connection in full-screen.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and local officials today cut the ribbon to unveil one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers for health research, which will be housed at the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI) in Rochester. The HSCCI is a $100 million partnership with the University of Rochester and IBM dedicated to applying high performance computing solutions to the nation’s health challenges. Last year, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council chose the HSCCI as one of its priority projects and received $5 million in state funds for its completion.
Governor Cuomo yesterday signed into law a bill to recognize New York State high school graduates who demonstrate academic excellence in attaining proficiency in one or more languages other than English with a state seal of biliteracy. The seal will be attached to diplomas and transcripts of graduates who excel in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in multiple languages.
Governor Cuomo today signed into law a bill to better protect teens from infections and blood-borne disease by requiring that a minor have written parental consent before obtaining a body piercing. This bill, overwhelmingly passed by both the Senate and the Assembly, is an important measure that will help to keep young New Yorkers healthy and safe.
"Body piercing can result in severe health risks and it is our obligation as New Yorkers and parents to make sure that our teens are taking every precaution to remain healthy and safe," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank Senator Robach and Assembly Member Simanowitz for their hard work on this legislation."
(Rochester, NY) - In this week's Community Connection, an update on the Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive, upcoming events around the community, and the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority opens its new administration building. As always, you can view this week's Community Connection in full screen by clicking on the link below.
In this week's Community Connection, details regarding whooping cough cases on the rise in New York State, upcoming events around the community in the week ahead, and California Rollin' expands their restaurant at Village Gate. As always, you can view this week's Community Connection in full screen by clicking on the link below.
State Health Department Urges People to Get Immunized
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 18, 2012) – State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., is urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) in light of an elevated number of cases this year in New York and across the country.
"Pertussis is a highly contagious, but very preventable disease" Commissioner Shah said. Here in New York, we are seeing an increased number of reported cases this year, as is the case across the United States. "I encourage New Yorkers to make sure that you and your family members are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations in order to prevent infection".
In this week's Community Connection, details regarding the Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive; upcoming events around the community; looking back at the Fourth of July Brighton Memorial Stone dedication. Click on the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen.
I am proud to announce my “Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive”. From now until August 17th, I will be collecting backpacks and school supplies and will be donating them to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, who is in “great need” for these items.
Supplies needed are include
Pens (blue and black)
Rulers and protractors
Lined paper and pads
If you have items you would like to donate, you can drop them off at either of the following locations:
In this week's July 4th-themed Community Connection, facts about Independence Day, events around the community on Wednesday to celebrate Independence Day, and Tops Supermarket reopens in Hilton. Click on the link below to view this week's community connection in full screen.
The New York State Senate today announced legislative passage to a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), that would expand workforce assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying careers. Senator Robach was joined by Jean Carroll, CEO of YWCA of Greater Rochester and Monroe County.
“Women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, yet working women earn 80 percent of what men earn and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs that predominantly employ men,” Senator Robach said. “Expanding the state’s workforce training, counseling and referral efforts to help women get higher paying jobs will help women and their families.”
In this week's Community Connection, session wraps up for 2012, upcoming events around the area in the week ahead, and celebrating the end of the 2011-2012 school year at Quest Elementary School in Hilton. Click on the link below to view this week's Community Connection in full-screen.
The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7519), sponsored by Senator Robach, which authorizes the City of Rochester School District to require minors age five to attend kindergarten.
“Rochester City School District currently provides children a full day kindergarten program in keeping with the numerous studies documenting the educational benefit and related long-term success of early quality education,” said Senator Joe Robach. “Unfortunately, too many kindergarten children are absent from school during the year, leaving them without the benefit of this educational experience.”
SUMMARY OF 2012 SENATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION**Note: PBH = Bill passed both houses**2012-2013 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieved the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. Highlights include: STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT