I was pleased to join officials from the City of Rochester, Monroe County and area developers to announce details about the redevelopment of the historic Bevier Building in downtown Rochester. I have been to countless groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings, but this was my first Tape and Spackling ceremony! When completed, this project will feature office space and 15 loft-style apartments, and is the latest example of the revitalization of downtown Rochester!
I enjoyed speaking with Participation in Government students at Robert Brown High School at the Edison Tech campus. Many thanks to Mr. Hickey and Mr. Amico for inviting me to talk to each of their classes, it's so important to get our younger generations involved in government and the election process.
I recently joined the Hamlin community to help open its new public library on the Hamlin Town Campus. I was pleased to help secure funding for this new, state of the art facility that will help better serve the public and will be a true asset to the residents of Hamlin.
I was honored to receive the Man of the Year award from the Sons of Italy Vince Lombardi Lodge at their annual Italian-American Heritage Awards dinner. I am so proud of my Italian heritage, which has given me so much and helped make me who I am today. I am joined in this photo by music legend Lou Gramm, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and my good friend Rich Funke.
I recently had the opportunity to talk to a Participation in Government class from Monroe 2 BOCES about my role as a State Senator and the importance of being involved in the election process. Many thanks to the students and teachers for their involvement and great questions!
On my latest visit to News & View I discussed upcoming election issues, a variety of exciting job creating projects happening in the Rochester region and upgrades to our area's transportation infrastructure and roads.
The University of Rochester celebrated a historic day today with the opening of College Town on Mount Hope Avenue. This mixed use development will not only benefit UR students and faculty, it will be a retail and dining destination for people from all over our region. College Town provides that small town college feeling in the City of Rochester and will be a major economic engine for our community.
I recently helped break ground on an exciting senior housing project off Long Pond Road in the Town of Greece. Located on excess property behind Greece Baptist Church, Long Pond Senior Housing will offer 54 units of supportive rental housing for seniors 55 and older.
I joined officials from Empire State College to break ground on their new, state of the art campus in Brighton. This facility will serve the Genesee Valley region, and will offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. I attend the Empire State College graduation every year, it doesn't take long to realize what a positive impact this institution has on its students. This new facility will better serve them, providing a more friendly learning environment.
I was pleased to join the Greece Chamber of Commerce (NY) for its annual Race on the Ridge 5k and serve as the Honorary Chairperson for this year's race. Proceeds from the race benefited the Greece Chamber Charitable Foundation and the Greece Performing Arts Society. Thanks to all of the runners for their participation and to all of the volunteers for their hard work!
I recently joined officials from the City of Rochester and New York State to help break ground on the Stadium Estates Apartments. Located in the JOSANA Neighborhood near Sahlen's Stadium, this project consists of 45 rental units and will be supported by the Charles Settlement House. This is a great development for the JOSANA Neighborhood and the City of Rochester.
The Colonel Patrick O'Rorke Memorial Society recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the O'Rorke Bridge, connecting Charlotte to Irondequoit. Colonel O'Rorke was an Irish-American immigrant that fought for the Union Army during the Civil War and was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.
I was pleased to join Alternatives for Battered Women and the Rochester community at the annual Walk a Mile in my Shoes fundraiser. This is a great event that supports ABW and raises awareness for domestic violence victims during Domestic Violence Awareness month. For more information, or how you can help ABW, visit their website at www.abwrochester.org.
Congratulations to Sherman Hardy and his family on the completion of Hardy Park Apartments on Jefferson Avenue in the City of Rochester. Projects like this one are going to help the revitalization of the City of Rochester by providing new housing opportunities for city residents. Many thanks to Sherman Hardy and everyone who helped make this project a reality.
I was pleased to join Alternatives for Battered Women and the Rochester/Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium to help kick-off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a crime that rips families apart and can affect people of all social, racial and geographic backgrounds.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While great strides have been made in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, the fight against this deadly disease is far from over. I encourage all women to consult with their health care providers to learn more about the disease and develop an appropriate plan for breast cancer screening.
I am pleased to work with and support many local cancer research and advocacy organizations, including the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, and am truly humbled to have recently received the BCCR's Advocacy Spirit Award at their annual gala.
My sincere thanks to the New York Chiropractic Council for giving me the 2014 Chiropractic for Optimal Health Award. I was pleased to join them for their first ever Optimal Health Experience and Community Celebration at the Pieters Family Life Center over the weekend.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Klipfel and the team at Independence Car Care Center for opening at 507 West Ridge Road. I applaud Jeff for his entrepreneurship and dedication to starting his own business. Best wishes to everyone at Independence Car Care Center for continued success!
The Greece Rotary Dictionary project took us to Lakeshore Elementary School in the Town of Greece yesterday afternoon. Thanks to the members of the Greece Rotary Club for partnering with me on this project, and to the enthusiastic students and teachers who make it so much fun!
I was honored to join local law enforcement officials, the Badge Of Honor Association and members of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Association of Retirees to help dedicate a road sign in honor of fallen Special Deputy Joseph Munz. In February 1932, Special Deputy Munz was struck by passing car while assisting at the scene of a crash near Clover Street and Highland Avenue. This memorial sign is located on Highland Avenue, near the intersection of Clover Street in the Town of Brighton.