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!
I had a great meeting with dozens of local and state Highway Superintendents yesterday afternoon in Albany. These hard working men and women are dedicated to providing the best roads and highways for New York State travelers. I look forward to working with them more in my role as Senate Transportation Committee Chairman. Thanks for making the trip to Albany!
Congratulations to Jose and Wendy Navedo, and everyone at Chelsy's Place on their grand opening over the weekend. Chelsy's offers Spanish and American cuisine, and is open from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 7 days a week! The Navedo's put a lot of sweat and equity in to making this a great restaurant for all to enjoy. Once again, congratulations and best of luck.