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!
The Rochester Institute of Technology recently broke ground on its new Clinical Health Sciences Center that will help to expand the College of Health Sciences and Technology. I was pleased to be on hand for this exciting event. This new facility will not only house the College of Health Sciences and Technology, it will also be home to a primary care clinic that will be run by Rochester General Hospital, as well as the newly announced Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition. This is such an exciting time for R.I.T., I'm honored to be a part of it!
I had a great time visiting Rochester Childfirst Network and reading "Goodnight Moon" to a group of their students this afternoon. RCN has a long history of providing early education and child care to the Rochester community, and serves children from all socio-economic backgrounds. For more information, visit their website at www.rcn4kids.org. Thanks again for having me today!
For the fourth consecutive year, my colleagues in the New York State Legislature and I approved an on-time budget that reduces taxes and keeps overall spending growth below two percent. I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in Rochester this morning to highlight the successes of this year's budget.
The Rochester Ice Cats held their 7th annual Rochester Friendship Tournament over the weekend. I was excited that they asked me to once again help welcome all of the athletes and help drop the puck at the Opening Ceremony Saturday afternoon. Many thanks to Rochester Special Hockey and everyone who makes this great tournament possible!
I had the privilege of joining the Rochester community in welcoming home Honor Flight Mission 33 yesterday afternoon. Welcoming home our veterans from an Honor Flight mission never gets old to me, as we give them the proper "thanks" for all that they have done for our nation. Many thanks to all of the volunteers, guardians and donor who make Honor Flight Rochester possible.
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.
Task Force Seeking Addiction Prevention & Treatment Experts to Testify at Forum
New York State Senator Joseph Robach and the members of the Senate Majority Coalition announced today that they will be hosting a public forum on heroin and opioid addiction on Tuesday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. This hearing will be held at the Monroe County Office Building Legislative Chambers (4th floor, Rm. 406), 39 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 14614.
I recently joined members of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society at their 40th Anniversary luncheon. I was pleased to present newly appointed President Kirk Simpson with an official proclamation from the New York State Senate. Congratulations on 40 great years, and thanks for all that you do for the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse!
I was pleased to host the Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center at my office at the State Capitol today. Thank you for all you do those dealing with Hemophilia and other bleeding disorders in our community.
New York State Senator Joe Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,000 scholarships, which will be awarded on June 9th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day.
I was pleased to host students from my Alma Mater, SUNY Brockport, this afternoon to discuss the 2014 State Budget and education funding. These students were knowledgeable and came prepared with great questions. Students like them remind me why I'm so proud to be a SUNY Brockport alum! Go Golden Eagles!
I had the pleasure of meeting with Boy Scouts Luke Basler, Graham Trolley, Marshall Ireland and Nash Dickason from Boy Scout Troop 77 in Brighton. They had some great questions for me about my job in the State Senate and the inner-workings of State Government, and were able to receive a Merit Badge for it! Great job guys, keep up the good work and dedication to scouting!