I was pleased to join members of G.R.A.P.E., Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly, at their annual legislative Town Hall meeting this morning. Many thanks for the invite, and for all that you do for the elderly in our community.
I was honored to join the Rochester community for the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. Dr. King inspired change in our nation by leading the Civil Rights movement. Even after his untimely death, at just 39 years old, Dr. King's legacy and vision carries on. Many thanks to the Great Rochester MLK JR. Commission for planning and hosting this annual event.
Genesee Valley Physical Therapy celebrated the opening of their new Greece location with a ribbon cutting. This state of the art facility will provide high quality care for patients. Checkout all they have to offer at www.geneseevalleypt.com. Congratulations and best of luck for future success!
I was pleased to join members of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce for their annual meeting yesterday afternoon. I'm pictured here with outgoing President Brennan Redman and incoming President Nelson Lopatin. I'm proud to be a member of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, and appreciate all they do for business and commerce in the Brighton community.
I was pleased to join my colleagues in State government and local leaders today in supporting tax reforms proposed by Governor Cuomo at last week's State of the State address. These reforms will provide needed tax relief for hardworking families, and will help attract more businesses and create more jobs for Upstate New York. This is real change that will help the New York economy continue on its path to recovery.
I recently had the privilege of joining my colleagues in the State Legislature and Service-Connected Disabled Veterans at the NY Jobs for Heroes Program press conference. This program will create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses in New York State. We are forever grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, providing them with this opportunity is commonsense.
I'm pleased to say we had another successful electronics recycling event at the Monroe County Ecopark over the weekend. Over 700 cars came through to drop off their old TVs, VCRs, computers, laptops and other unused electronics to be properly disposed of. Thanks to Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics, Waste Management and Monroe County for partnering with me on this great event. And thanks to Boy Scout Troop 94 from the Town of Gates for all their help throughout the day.
As we welcome in 2014 with excitement and anticipation, I'd like to take a minute to look back at 2013. I was fortunate to meet a lot of wonderful people and go to a lot of great events throughout the year. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a great year for the Rochester community. Here's to an even better 2014!
Students at English Village Elementary School showed their holiday spirit by donating over 100 pairs of children's pajamas to the Greece Clothes Closet. These pajamas will go to less-fortunate children in our community. Even at such a young age, these students know the importance of giving back to our community. Great job, and thanks to all who helped organize this clothing drive!
Senator Joe Robach is pleased to announce that he is once again sponsoring a FREE electronics recycling event. In conjunction with Time Warner Cable, Waste Management, Monroe County and Sunnking Electronics, this recycling event is completely free and open to the public.
When: Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Monroe County Ecopark 10 Avion Drive Rochester, NY 14624
WDKX recently held its Bringing Christmas Downtown at the Salem United Church of Christ on Bittner Street in Downtown Rochester. I was pleased to support this event by collecting winter coats, gloves and hats to be donated to needy children. Thanks to everyone at WDKX for planning this event and giving back to our community.
Many thanks to the Walmart Foundation for their generous $25,000 donation to Gilda's Club of Rochester. This funding will be used to help fund Gilda's nutritional cooking and education classes that teach healthy and affordable recipes to families. I applaud Walmart Foundation's community spirit and their efforts to give back to the Rochester community.
Havana Cabana Restaurant and Bar recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 289 Alexander Street. Located in the heart of Rochester's East End, Havana Cabana offers authentic Caribbean cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. Stop by 289 Alexander Street or check out their website, www.havanacabanaroc.com, to see their menu. Congratulations and best of luck to Matt, Jen, Trey and the entire team at Havana Cabana!
The Tops Friendly Market on South Clinton Avenue in the Town of Brighton held a grand re-opening ceremony to mark the completion of its renovation project. The newly renovated store will offer more specialty items, provide greater service to shoppers and an expanded pharmacy. Congratulations, here's to many more years of serving the Brighton community.
Our nation commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Saturday. I was honored to join local veterans, Veteran Organizations and three local Pearl Harbor survivors at the Rochester Yacht Club to remember those who died during this horrific attack on our nation 72 years ago. As a nation, we will never forget those who died, and those who survived, on that day and all that they have done for our freedom.
Over 550 people came out to the Career Fair for Business & Technical Professionals at Monroe Community College yesterday afternoon. It was a great opportunity for those looking for a new job or career change to meet face-to-face with potential employers to see what they are looking for in new employees. Many thanks to MCC, Time Warner Cable, The August Group, Angelo Planning Group, Democrat & Chronicle Media Group and RochesterWorks! for partnering with my office on this helpful event.
I was pleased to recognize students being inducted in to Wilson Magnet's International Baccalaureate program last night. This great program encourages critical analysis, research skills and service as part of the learning process, and pushes students to get the most out of themselves and their education. Best of luck to all the students recently inducted in to this program and keep up the good work in the classroom!
Congratulations to Thomas Demond for receiving the New York State Medal of Merit and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star for his service to our nation during the Vietnam War. I was honored to present Tom with both of these medals at the Baber AME Church on Sunday morning. Tom continues to serve our nation and community as Commander of the Pennington-Moye VFW Post 9251. Once again, congratulations Tom and thank you for your service to our great nation.
It was great seeing so many familiar faces at the Hilton Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors. Good food and good company made for an enjoyable evening. Thanks to Hilton Mayor Joe Lee and all who helped plan this great event.