On Friday night, January 6th, I had the privilege to attend the grand opening of the Rochester Arc and Flame Center. The Rochester Arc & Flame Center (RocAFC) is a 5,000 square-foot training facility designed specifically for welding, glass working and blacksmithing. The mission of RocAFC is to foster exciting and innovative classes for people of all skill levels. Rochester Arc & Flame Center is the only training facility in upstate New York to offer professional and recreational classes in welding, glass working and blacksmithing. For more information, visit their website at http://www.rocafc.com/, or you can like them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rochester-Arc-Flame-Center/271369552905833.
The New York State Senate yesterday gave final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.
The Iran Divestment Act of 2012 (S5917A) was modeled after similar legislation in California and conceived with help from the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
A Happy New Year to you and your entire family! Here is the first Community Connection for 2012. In this week's issue, information regarding 2011 Income Tax Forms, Skylark opens in Rochester, and some of the events coming up this week around the 56th Senate District. Click the link below to read this week's edition in full-screen.
Here is the final Community Connection for 2011. In this week's issue, a holiday message from Senator Robach, Xtreme Fitness opens in Greece, and some of the events over the next two weeks. The next Community Connection will be published on on Friday, January 6th. Senator Robach and his entire staff wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
On Thursday, December 22nd, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Skylark Lounge. Skylark is located at 40 S. Union Street in downtown Rochester. It offers a one-of-a-kind meatball menu and offers night-time dining, entertainment, and dancing. Best wishes to Herman and his staff for continued success!
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. In our first year, we received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.
The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”
On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.
Earlier this week, Senator Robach met with Sean Hannon of Greece. Sean is a boy scout in Troop 48 (Greece Baptist Church). He is currently working on his Citizenship in the Community merit badge. We discussed tourism in our area and what can draw more people to Rochester. Best wishes to Sean as he continues through scouts.
On Monday, December 19th, Senator Robach had the privilege to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Xtreme Fitness in Greece. Xtreme Fitness is located at 1942 West Ridge Road. Best wishes to Jeremy and his entire staff on continued success! For more information on Xtreme Fitness, you can visit their website, http://xtremefitnessweb.com/.
On Tuesday, December 20th, Senator Robach had the privilege to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Earthlink's new location at Alexander Park, representing a $12 million investment over the next three years and the retention of nearly 450 local jobs. Alexander Park is just part of EarthLink’s overall investment and retention of jobs in the Western New York region, which includes the recent acquisitions of One Communications, LogicalSolutions, xDefenders and the closing today of EarthLink’s acquisition of Synergy Global’s IT Solutions Center. The company also announced that it will lease an additional 6,000 square feet at Alexander Park, the former Genesee Hospital site, from owner Buckingham Properties, increasing EarthLink’s total occupancy to more than 71,000 square feet.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that beginning right after Christmas, residents can once again recycle their Christmas trees, free of charge, at several locations across the County. Most drop-off locations and scheduled pick-ups will accept trees through the end of January 2012.
This season, the County’s new ecopark located at 10 Avion Drive in the Town of Chili, will also accept Christmas trees, unwanted holiday lights and gift packaging during its operating hours. For hours and other recycling alternatives, visit www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark or call 753-7600 (Option #3).
On Saturday, December 17th, Senator Robach joined WDKX 103.9 FM at the Monroe County Office Building for their annual Christmas event, "WDKX Brings Christmas Downtown". Children and families had their pictures taken with Santa Claus. Coats, mittens, and other winter articles of clothing were also given out to families. WDKX broadcasted live from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
In this week's Community Connection, an update on this year's Coats for Kids Winter Clothes Drive, Fleet Feet Sports Rochester opens its second location, and upcoming events this week in the 56th District. Click the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen.
On Tuesday, December 13th, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at and take part in a ground-breaking ceremony at Passero Associates. Passero Associates, an architectural and engineering firm with more than 100 employees, will relocate their corporate headquarters from Liberty Pole Way to the basement and bottom two floors of the four-story building at the former Josh Lofton School, 242 W. Main St, in downtown’s Cascade District. The renovation will also include about 4,000 square feet of retail space along with 20 loft apartments. For more information on Passero Associates, you can visit their website, http://www.passero.com/.
On Tuesday night, December 13th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at Fleet Feet Sports Rochester's newest location on Ridgeway Avenue in Greece. Ellen Brenner and her husband, Dave, are co-owners of Fleet Feet. They also have a location in Brighton. There was also a three-mile run/walk last night following the ceremony. Welcome to Greece Ellen and Dave. Best wishes to you and your entire staff! For more information on Fleet Feet, you can visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FleetFeetSportsRochester.
On Wednesday December 14th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to visit with students at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton. Claire Drexler, a teacher at Merton Williams, helped to spread the word about the Coats for Kids Winter Clothes Drive this month. Today, students joined to help load up the pick up truck with dozens of bags of winter coats and articles of clothes that will be donated to organizations and families around the area. Thank you to all the students, faculty, and staff for your support of the Coats for Kids Winter Clothes Drive. Also, this Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Senator Robach will join WDKX 103.9 FM for a Coats for Kids drive at the Monroe County Office Building, 39 West Main Street in Rochester.
On Friday, December 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at a ceremony at French Road Elementary School in Brighton to celebrate their recognition as a Blue Ribbon School. French Road Elementary School and Pine Brook Elementary School (in Greece) were the only two area schools to win this National award. Congratulations to the students and staff of French Road, and best wishes for continued success!
On Thursday, December 8th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak at, and take part in, the official grand opening ceremony for MRB Group in their new home at the Culver Road Armory. MRB Group Engineering, Architecture & Surveying, P.C., is an engineering and architectural firm which provides services to businesses and municipalities across New York State. For more information on MRB Group, visit their website at http://www.mrbgroup.com/.
On Thursday, December 8th, Senator Robach partnered with Time Warner Cable, RochesterWorks!, Angelo Planning Group, LLC, The August Group, and Monroe Community College for the 2011 Career Fair for Business and Technical Professionals. Thank you to the 40 businesses who took part in this year's fair, and to all those who came out to visit with potential employers.