Senator Joe Robach is pleased to announce that he is once again sponsoring a FREE electronics recycling event. In conjunction with Time Warner Cable, Town of Gates and Sunnking Electronics, this recycling event is completely free and open to the public.
When: Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
I was excited to help kickoff the summer reading program at the Parma Public Library earlier this week. This is a great program that encourages kids to continue reading during summer vacation and helps them improve their literacy for the classroom.
I was pleased to help Dr. Art Papier and VisualDx open its new headquarters in Downtown Rochester. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Papier, VisualDx is a team of physicians, educators, artists and computer scientists who have developed a web-based clinical decision support system to enhance diagnostic accucracy and improve patient safety. This new facility will allow VisualDx to continue to grow and expand in the Rochester region.
Earlier this week, the State Senate passed legislation that I sponsored that would require violent felons to complete 80% of their sentence to be considered for early release. Too often these criminals are released to the public too soon and go on to commit additional violent crimes. This legislation will ensure the safety of our neighborhoods and make certain that these felons are completing their rehabilitation in a secure setting. Click the link below to hear my comments on the passage of this legislation.
I was pleased to present Theresa Bowick with the Get Outdoors Award from Parks and Trails New York yesterday at the State Capitol. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers, a grassroots neighborhood bicycling group that rides along the El Camino Trail in the northeast part of the City of Rochester. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers in hopes that they will inspire her neighbors to stay active, make healthy food choices, decrease obesity rates and create a positive image of their neighborhood. Congratulations to Theresa, and all of the members of the Conkey Cruisers, and thank you for your commitment to the City of Rochester!
Play Ball! I recently had the opportunity to help the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League kick-off its season at its Opening Day ceremony at Don Samuel Torres Park in the City of Rochester. Celebrating its 20th season, RHYBL teaches players the fundamentals of baseball, as well as sportsmanship and teamwork. Best of luck to all of the teams during the 2015 season!
Congratulations to Julianna Gatto, a senior at Gates Chili High School, for receiving a $2,500 scholarship from the Italian American State Legislators Conference. Julianna is the Gates Chili Class of 2015 Valedictorian, a member of the Marching Band and National Honor Society, an accomplished gymnast, and an avid volunteer in her church youth group. I was pleased to nominate and present Julianna with this scholarship yesterday afternoon at the State Capitol, she is certainly most deserving. Once again, congratulations to Julianna, she should be proud of all of her hard work and dedication.
I was happy to help kickoff the 7th annual Rochester School for the Deaf River Ramble 5k over the weekend. This fun 5k run/walk helps raise money for the Rochester School for the Deaf and all of their programs and services.
I was pleased to work with Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board to secure funding for a new entertainment pavilion at the Greece Town Campus. This beautiful new pavilion will host a variety of events, from concerts and senior dances, to special event services and ceremonies. This is another great addition to the Greece community and another great amentity for its residents.
I joined the Gates community at Gates Town Hall for their annual Memorial Day service. It was great to see so many residents and area vetereans come out to pay their respect and honor those who paid the ulitimate sacrfice for our freedom. Many thanks to Supervisor Mark Assini and the Gates Town Board for hosting this wonderful tribute.
State Senator Joe Robach is proud to announce the induction of Anthony “Tony” Ferrarese, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 19. 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.
“The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame gives special recognition to distinguished individuals as a way to express our deep gratitude and admiration” said Senator Robach. “Tony has dedicated his life to serving this nation, his comrades and his community, and is most deserving of this great honor.”
Anthony Ferrarese was drafted into the United States Army on January 16, 1943, and discharged December 27, 1945. During this time, he fought bravely overseas, earning the Normandy Campaign Medal for the Invasion of France (Omaha Beach) shortly after ‘D Day.’ He also received the Northern France, Rhineland, Europe Africa Mediterranean Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct and WWII Victory Medal.
Twelve Corners Middle School in the Town of Brighton was recently designated a New York State School to Watch for their academic excellence. This recognition is a true testament to the hard work of the students, teachers, parents and administrators at Twelve Corners. Congratulations and keep up the good work!