Last night, the Greece Central School District held its summer commencement ceremony at the Greece Athena Performing Arts Center. 18 students from all four Greece High Schools received their High School Diploma, along with 88 graduates receiving their Adult Literacy GED Diploma.
The Rochester City School District held a ribbon cutting today for Enrico Fermi School 17 on Orchard Street. School 17 is an extended learning time school, adding 300 hour to the school year for each student in grades Pre-K through 8th. This school will provide City School students with all of the tools needed to be successful in the classroom.
Best of luck to Principal Dr. Ralph Spezio, the teachers, students and parents of School 17 on a great school year!
The Greece Chamber of Commerce held its 3rd annual Taste of the Town Sunday afternoon at the Greece Community & Senior Center. This family-friendly event brings local restaurants together to promote their business and give taste-sized samples to attendees. You'd be hard-pressed to leave hungry, I'm already looking forward to next year's event!
On Saturday afternoon, the Greece Community Partners held their annual Volunteer recognition ceremony at the Greece Community & Senior Center. I was pleased to be invited to help recognize this year's 22 honorees. Each honoree has given their time and dedication volunteering in our community. It's people like these recipients that make the Town of Greece a great community.
Last night, I was pleased to join my colleagues in government at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester's 10th annual Terri Schmitt Legislative Reception. This reception was highlighted by a beautiful tribute to Terri from her son, Tim Deckman.
Terri served as Co-Chair of the BCCR and was an unbelievable advocate for our community until losing her own battle with breast cancer in April 2002. While it's been 11 years since Terri's unfortunate passing, her legacy and vision lives on through the BCCR.
Last Saturday, I was pleased to join Grace Unity Fellowship Church for their community parade and youth festival. This free event celebrates young people in our community and encourages them to make our city a safer place to live. I'd like to thank Reverend Roosevelt Dixon and all who planned and participated in this great event.
The Greece Historical Society celebrated the 25th anniversary of moving the Larkin-Beattie-Howe House from the corner of Latta Road and Long Pond Road to its current location at 595 Long Pond Road. I was honored to serve as an honorary host for this event.
On Tuesday night, I celebrated National Night Out Against Crime in the Dewey-Stone neighborhood in the Town of Greece, and at Ontario Beach Park with the Charlotte Community Association. National Night Out is recognized nationwide to raise awareness for anti-crime efforts and to promote community-police partnerships.
This morning, I joined Mayor Tom Richards and members of the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council at the Port of Rochester to announce that the City is now seeking a firm to begin construction on the exciting Marina project.
With the new school year quickly approaching, I'd like to announce that I will once again be holding my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive. From now until August 30, I will be collecting school supplies and backpacks to be donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet.
Please click the link below for more information. Thank you for your help on this project.
I had the pleasure of taking part in the annual Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association Youth Burn Camp Send-off Breakfast yesterday morning. These resilient children will take part in Camp Courage, a four day retreat for youth burn victims. This camp gives them a chance to participate in a wide array of activities that encourage creating a new and positive self-image. Special thanks to the Rochester Fire Department for hosting the send-off breakfast.
I was honored to attend the 2nd annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert was held at Greece Post 468 this past weekend. Post 468 did an incredible job planning this great event once again. 100% of the proceeds from this event went to the NY Warrior Alliance.
To this year's honorees, Cody Coopenberg, Danny Fittos and Christopher Velez - we humbly thank you for your service to our great nation, and for putting the lives of others above your own.
Robach’s Legislation to Enhance Fire Prevention and Safety for College Students Signed Into Law by Governor Cuomo
The New York State Senate passed legislation during the 2013 Legislative Session to enhance fire prevention and safety for college-owned housing. This legislation was sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach and signed in to law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 25, 2013.
On Wednesday, July 24, Senator Robach was a guest on News & Views in Albany. In this episode, Joe discusses job creation in his hometown of Rochester and highlights from the recently completed 2013 Legislative Session.
I had a great time reading to Kindergarteners at the Horizons Summer Program at the Harley School for their annual Community Reading Day and Book Fair. This six week program focuses on math, reading and writing, and serves under-privileged youth from the City of Rochester.
Today, I had the privilege of joining Lt. Governor Duffy and other local leaders in announcing that the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering will be opening a solar manufacturing and technology development facility in the Town of Greece. SUNY CSNE will invest $100 million in to this one-of-a-kind project by transforming an empty 57,000 square foot facility, formerly used by Kodak, and will create 100 jobs for our community.
This week's Community Connection features information about the 2013 New York State Summer Reading program for you to share with your children, upcoming events and things to do in the 56th Senate District and a feature on a great summer youth employment program from the City of Rochester and RochesterWorks.
Earlier this week, I joined Joni Monroe, Executive Director of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, to announce the first two grant recipients of their development & design fund program. This program provides grants to non-profits seeking to implement physical improvement projects in the City's northeast neighborhoods, and is funded by the generous Farash and Wolk Foundations.
Congratulations to the Dazzle School of Visual & Performing Arts, which is relocating to a building on Webster Avenue, and the Joseph Avenue Business Association, which is opening the Joseph Avenue Museum of History & Religion at 692 Joseph Avenue.
Last night, I had the pleasure of welcoming participants of this year's City of Rochester and RochesterWorks summer employment program. I'm pleased to say that I've helped secure funding for this program the past few years; with the support of Mayor Richards and the City of Rochester, we're able to help over 400 youth gain summer employment and learn valuable skills for their future.