Ted O'Brien's Blog entries

Fighting the heroin epidemic

Dear friends,

A few weeks ago, as session came to a close, I voted for historic drug reform legislation that would combat the growing heroin crisis affecting communities throughout New York. This legislation enhances access to addiction treatment facilities, increases penalties for selling opioids that result in death, equips law enforcement with the necessary tools to crack down on drug dealers, provides first responders with treatments that can save the lives of people who overdose, and creates a teen heroin abuse public awareness campaign. These are all important and necessary steps towards healing our communities.

July 9, 2014

Commemorating Black History Month

Dear friends,

This month, we welcome Black History Month as an opportunity to highlight the many accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to our state and region.  The observation of Black History Month has a special connection to the Rochester area: February was chosen in 1926 partially because it was the birth month of Frederick Douglass, who rose from freed slave to famed abolitionist and orator, and spent almost 30 years living in Rochester.

February 6, 2014

Our district office has moved!

Last week, we completed our move from our temporary district office space in Fairport to our permanent space in Penfield. We are now located at:

2494 Browncroft Blvd.Rochester, NY 14625-1410

We're right on the northwest corner of Browncroft Blvd. and Creek St., across from the "Browncroft Corners" plaza.

Unfortunately, we were unable to keep our previous phone and fax numbers. Our new numbers are:

Phone: (585) 218-0034Fax: (585) 218-0047

I and my staff look forward to seeing you in Penfield!

Very truly yours,Ted

Ted O'BrienNew York State Senator, 55th District

May 13, 2013

Senator O'Brien welcomes student participation in Earth Day Poster Contest

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Senator O'Brien invites students throughout his district to participate in the Senate's annual Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to design a poster featuring the theme of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and creative new ways to promote environmentalism to their classmates, friends and family members.

March 8, 2013

A visit from Miss New York

Penfield's own Liza Cotter, Miss New York from the National American Miss organization, stopped by my office today.

January 29, 2013

Bridge closing will affect access to District Office

Hello friends,

Reconstruction of the Route 250 bridge over the Erie Canal in Fairport will require the use of a detour to access my District Office (or to cross through the village for any other purpose) starting on Monday.  Please see the attached image that shows the truck and passenger vehicle detours through the heart of the village.

And remember, when you see road construction crews -- "give 'em a brake!"


January 18, 2013

A welcome message from Sen. O'Brien

Hello and welcome to my official Senate site! I’m excited to launch this page and my official Facebook and Twitter accounts today. It is very important to me to communicate with the people of my district, and I’m excited to have these new tools at my disposal to keep you up to date.

Our electronic communications are a fantastic way to give the people of Monroe and Ontario counties a quick and easy way to stay in touch with our office and get a quick overview of our current activities and plans for the future.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit the site, and if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for me and my staff, please use the ‘Contact’ link above or the social media account of your choice to reach out!

Sincerely, Ted

January 15, 2013
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