I was recently joined by Chelsea Betterton and Sarah Heisman of Junior League of Rochester on News and Views to discuss the Trafficking Victim Protection and Justice Act. Members of Junior League were in Albany to push for support of this bill, which would help put a stop to human trafficking, something that unfortunately has become a problem in New York State.
Geri Spino is a proud native of Rochester. Tragically, in 2004, her son Scott was struck and killed by a repeat drunk driving offender. Scott’s passing was a monumental loss for the entire Spino family. Since her retirement from Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield five years ago, Ms. Spino has dedicated her time to serving as President of the Scott Spino Foundation, which was established in loving memory of her son, Scott, and is focused on supporting programs that provide education, coaching and mentoring to children within the community. It is through this support that the foundation’s board of directors, members and volunteers contribute to the goal of investing in today’s youth and enhancing tomorrow’s future.
Every Mother's Day, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester hosts a Pink Ribbon Run and Walk fundraiser. Every dollar raised at this great event stays in the Rochester community to help those impacted by breast cancer. This year's run/walk was the most successful yet, raising over $175,000 and a record number of participants! I was pleased to be there to support the BCCR and everyone who has been touched by breast cancer.
The Genesee Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. I was pleased to present the members with an official proclamation from the New York State Senate. Congratulations on 50 great years, Semper Fi!
I have heard from hundreds of senior citizens and families about the importance of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program (EPIC), and the impact it has on their daily lives. EPIC is a New York State program that helps more than 270,000 income-eligible seniors aged 65 and older to supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs. As your State Senator, I understand how difficult it is for individuals living on a fixed income to keep up with the high cost of the prescription drugs they need.
I was honored to receive the Bill Sears Legislator of the Year Award from the New York State Snowmobile Association at their recent educational forum. As a major state tourism attraction, the dedicated members of the NYSSA work towards improving trails, facilities and services for snowmobilers throughout New York. Whether it's riding my Harley, a snowmobile or an ATV, I love 'em all!
I was honored to join members of the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 20 at their annual dinner over the weekend. VVA Chapter 20 is one of the most active Vietnam-era veterans groups, with members who are passionate about helping fellow Vietnam veterans.
A little rain didn't stop Brighton Little League from having their opening day parade and ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Brighton Little League not only teaches the skills of baseball, but promotes teamwork and sportsmanship on and off the field. Best of luck to all the players and coaches, and many thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers who help make Brighton Little League possible! To see more pictures from this great event, click here.
In 1974, Andrew Langston had a vision of creating a radio station that would be for the people and connect with the community. It is with this vision that 103.9 WDKX was born. On Saturday evening, WDKX celebrated its 40th Anniversary with performances by national recording artists Sevyn Streeter and Chrisette Michele, as well as many talented local recording artists.
Located at 289 Gregory Street, Abode Furniture held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their new store in the Southwedge area of the City of Rochester. Abode offers a variety of affordable household items from local, national and vintage designers.
Many thanks to CP Rochester for inviting me out to their facility on South Winton Road for a tour today. CP Rochester is an incredible organization that assists people of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities. For more information, visit their website at www.cprochester.org.
Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 56th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Nia GoodwillGrade 5Indian Landing Elementary School
AT&T recently donated $30,000 the Villa of Hope to support the Villa's Juvenile Reporting Center program. This generous donation brought together two great organizations, AT&T and the Villa of Hope! Thanks to both for all that they do for our community.
I hosted a public forum on heroin and opioid addiction with my colleagues in the State Legislature Senator Phil Boyle and Assemblyman Mark Johns. We heard compelling testimony from drug addiction and prevention experts, law enforcement professionals and families who have been touched by addiction. We are committed to ending this growing problem that has taken countless lives across New York State. My sincere thanks to everyone who shared their stories and to those who attended today.
I recently joined members of the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League to announce their plans for the 2014 International Games. This two day tournament will feature teams from Rochester, Cleveland, New York City, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Best of luck, and thanks to everyone at RHYBL for all that they do for youth in our community!
I was pleased to join Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich this morning to announce the Town's plans for its revived 4th of July celebration! The day will kickoff with a Freedom 5k, will include food vendors, games and activities, and will be headlined by a performance from the band Orleans and fireworks, all at the Greece Town Campus. If I wasn't ready for summer yet, I certainly am now!