On Tuesday, night, September 11th, the Brockport Fire Department held their annual vigil to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. Brockport FD has held this vigil each year since the attacks. The vigil included a display of firefighters' helmets, a display of American flags, and the Brockport 9/11 Memorial.
On Sunday morning, I had the privilege to visit with participants at the Push Yourself 5k at Ellison Park. This was the third year of the event, which was held to benefit the Rochester Area CrimeStoppers and the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society. Rochester homicide victim Paul Vasconcellos II was remembered during the 5k. He was killed two years ago, and his case remains unsolved. His father Paul Vasconcellos Sr. was on hand for the event. Also, funds were raised for Dan Prinzi, a teacher in Webster, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Nearly 500 runners took place in the Push Yourself 5k. For more information on Push Yourself, visit their website at http://pushyourself.com/Home.aspx.
Earlier today, I had the privilege to speak at a press conference announcing a new community-wide collaborative to prevent child sexual abuse. Bivona Child Advocacy Center, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Rochester announced today their official collaboration with local nonprofit and government organizations to address the epidemic of child sexual abuse. In addition to Bivona Child Advocacy Center and the YMCA of Greater Rochester, the Darkness to Light Collaborative includes: Center for Youth Services, Heritage Christian Services, Hillside Children's Center, Monroe County Department of Human Services, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/NY Branch, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Police Department, Society for the Protection and Care of Children, St.
Lifespan’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program (EAPP) protects New York’s most frail and vulnerable population by providing direct intervention services, public education, and training for professionals to assist victims.
Since 1998, Lifespan has intervened in thousands of elder abuse/mistreatment cases and trained more than 25,000 professionals from Buffalo to Brooklyn to recognize elder abuse and what steps to take when it is identified.
Some tragic facts concerning elder abuse:
· In NYS, more than 260,000 older adults are victims of elder abuse every year.
· Financial exploitation is the most prevalent form of abuse.
Yesterday, I had the privilege to attend a press conference to discuss details of National Crime Victims Rights Week, which will take place next week across the country. The highlight locally of this week will be a walk from the Crime Victims Resource Center, 244 S. Plymouth Ave., to the Crime Victims Memorial at Highland Park. For more details, visit http://www.4victims.org/.
Tuesday morning, Alternatives for Battered Women held their 4th Annual Celebration of Hope. ABW exists to enhance the quality of life and empower individuals affected by, or at risk of, domestic violence. For more information on the great work ABW does in our community every day, visit their website at www.abwrochester.org.
I was pleased to join my colleagues in state and local government for the Monroe County/City of Rochester Coalition for Crime Victims press conference for Crime Victims Awareness week. The Coalition for Crime Victims has made tremendous progress throughout its 30 years of serving. I pledge to continue advocating for crime victims throughout our region and our state. Thanks for all you do for crime victims in Rochester.