This morning, I joined Larry Glazer, Bob Morgan and my colleagues in government for the start of construction on the Tower at Midtown Rising. This project is a great example of State and Local government working with private investors for the betterment of our community. This project will help bring the excitement back to Downtown Rochester, just like Midtown Mall did during its glory years!
Crime Stoppers of Rochester recently donated to the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Greece Police Department to assist with funding for each department's K-9 Units. Many thanks to Crime Stoppers for their assistance with law enforcement in our community and for giving back in an effort to help fight crime!
State Senator Joe Robach is proud to announce the induction of John Foy, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 20. 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.
I was pleased to join scouts and parents from Tay House Boy Scout Troop 19 in celebrating its 95th anniversary. Tay House Troop 19 prides itself on being entirely run by the scouts and still follows many of the same principles established by the founding troops in 1919. Congratulations on 95 great years, here's to 95 more!
I recently joined the Rochester community at the annual NAMIWalks fundraiser at Village Gate. NAMIWalks is the areas largest mental health fundraising effort, raising over $100,000 this year alone. For more information on NAMI Rochester, visit their website at www.namirochester.org. Thanks to everyone who came out in support or donated to this cause.
John Foy is a retired plumbing contractor from Greece, New York. He grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1943. John enlisted in the Army’s Specialized Training Program for high IQ soldiers and was sent to Cornell University, where he completed his first year of college in just four months. Shortly thereafter, the Army decided they needed infantrymen more than engineers; John was sent to infantry training, and was assigned to the 87th Infantry Division, which joined General George Patton’s Third Army in the liberation of Europe.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester, MVP Healthcare and LifeSpan of Rochester have teamed up to unveil the MVP Healthcare Living Well Center at the Westside YMCA in Gates. This is the second YMCA community center for seniors in the Rochester area.
I had a great time reading "House Mouse Senate Mouse" to 2nd and 3rd grade students at Walt Disney Elementary School in the Town of Gates this afternoon. The students enjoyed the book and had some great questions about government and my job as a State Senator. Thanks to the Gates Chili School District and the Rochester Regional Library Council for the invitation!
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.