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!
I recently had the opportunity to help welcome the Outdoor Group to Monroe County as they move their headquarters and manufacturing operations to the Town of Henrietta. A holding company for a variety of outdoor and archery businesses, including Elite Archery, the Outdoor Group will employ over 100 people at its new location. It's a remarkable story, started in the basement of owner Peter Crawford's home, and has grown to one of the outdoor and archery manufacturers in the country. Congratulations to Peter and the entire team at the Outdoor Group, and thank you for choosing Monroe County for your new headquarters!
Kim Condon is Executive Director of Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, Inc. She helped establish Daystar as New York State’s first and only pediatric day-respite center specifically designed to provide a broad range of psychosocial, developmental and healthcare supports for families of children with serious medical complexities. Ms. Condon’s work is dedicated to making children’s lives better, and there is no nobler goal than that.
I was pleased to recently help kickoff the annual CP Rochester 5k. CP Rochester has been serving our community for nearly 70 years, supporting individuals of all ages and abilities in living a full and rewarding life. Many thanks to everyone who came out to support this great organization.
On Mother's Day morning, I was pleased joined the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester for its annual Pink Ribbon Walk and Run at Genesee Valley Park. I have been proud to support this fundraiser and the BCCR for many years, and have seen the positive impact of the Breast Cancer Coalition's work. It was another great turnout of over 4,000 people came out to participate and support BCCR, thanks to all who came out!
Members of Alternatives for Battered Women recently announced that the agency is re-naming itself as the Willow Domestic Violence Center. After nearly 40 years as Alternatives for Battered Women, the Willow Domestic Violence Center will still offer the same service and assitance for ALL victims of domestic violence - female or male, young or old, the Willow Center is available to help. For more information, visit their new website at www.willowcenterny.org.
I was incredibly humbled and honored to join the family of fallen RPD Officer Daryl Pierson, members of the RPD and the Rochester community to dedicate a memorial sign at the site where Officer Pierson was tragically killed in the line of duty. Located at the corner of Ernst Street and Hudson Avenue, this sign will forever remind our community of the ultimate sacrifice Daryl made protecting our streets. Many thanks to Sgt. Justin Collins and the members of the Badge of Honor Association for their work in getting this sign displayed.
Annual Program Honors Women’s Contributions to Our Community
Senator Joe Robach is proud to recognize Kim Condon of Brighton with the New York State Senate’s 2015 Woman of Distinction Award in Albany.
The “Woman of Distinction” program was created in 1998 as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month and honors New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or act of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.
I was proud to join my colleague Senator Rich Funke, George Rommell of the YMCA of Rochester, County Executive Maggie Brooks and Mayor Lovely Warren to announce that in this years' state budget, we were able to secure $2.3 million in childcare subsides for Monroe County. This funding will do tremendous good in making sure that familes and hard working single parents in our community have safe and responsible child care for their children.
I am proud to support the March of Dimes and was pleased to join fellow supporters and volunteers at their March for Babies on Saturday morning. This is a great event that helps raise awareness for all of the good things the March of Dimes does for families in our community. Thanks to everyone who participated and donated to this effort!
Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo attempted to enact far-reaching educational reforms as part of the 2015-2016 New York State budget.
My Senate colleagues and I, very early on in this year's budget adoption process, rejected the broad scope of the original Cuomo education reform plan and, in particular, the plan's over-reliance on testing.
It was an exciting day at the Gates Public Library yesterday as we cut the ribbon on the new Early Learning Center. I was proud to secure a $15,000 grant to help transform this unoccupied space in the library into a fun area for children to learn and play. I am certain this will be a popular addition to the Gates Public Library!