The Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center is dedicated to quality care. Through prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment, they offer state-of-the art services, caring and hope for those effected by cancer.
The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse provides a variety of programs and services designed to address the many causes of child abuse before it occurs. At our meeting Kathleen Murphy Executive Director of The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and many others who work at the center discussed the programs that the facility offers to protect our youth. Each year, they serve more than 15,000 abused and at-risk children and provide support and education services to more than 3,000 adults. Currently they are looking to expand to a larger building and they are in the process of a major capital campaign.
We can never do enough to pay back our veterans. A big thanks to John Flowers and all the volunteers who made today's Christmas in February event at Castle Point Veterans Hospital such a success. As a member of the Veterans Committee I look forward to helping our veterans and making sure that we give back to them.
Heroism in their daily deeds, that's what our volunteer fire fighters and emergency rescue personnel do. Whether they are in the right place at the right time, return to an emergency after their regular shift is through, or have to tell their families they'll be back as soon as they can, these selfless men and women deserve our gratitude and support. I was please to be able to share my appreciation at the Roosevelt Fire Company's dinner on Saturday night, with folks like Commissioner Ed Desmond and Chief Dan Nichols.
The revitalization of the City of Poughkeepsie is one of my top priorities. I am optimistic about its future and am looking forward to finding new creative ways to help turn the city around. I had a productive conversation about the future of the city with Stephen Hengst and Patrick Decker from Big Gay Hudson Valley.
People who work full time for the minimum wage should not live under the poverty level. We must ensure that the minimum wage standard is in line with reality. An increase to $9 will help businesses across New York because it will put more money in people's pockets.
Today, eighty years ago Hyde Park resident Franklin Roosevelt delivered his first Inaugural address. Recently I toured the late President's home. As a State Senator and public servant, I am inspired by the work of the Roosevelts to do my best for the people of New York. That is why I have sponsored legislation that I know will carry forth the legacy of the Roosevelts.
The National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) envisions a future in which all agricultural education students will discover their passion in life and build on that insight to chart the course for their educations, career and personal future. As a member of the Agriculture Committee it was a pleasure to meet with representatives from the organization.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson helps homeowners prevent foreclosures and evictions. The Senator met with Jonathan Bix, Spencer Resnick, Carolyn Phillips and Darrett Roberts about their organization earlier today. For more info: http://nobodyleavesmidhudson.org/
Turned out to be a beautiful morning at Walkway over the Hudson, one of NYS's most beautiful state parks... a great venue for the International Women's Day event. Across the world, and even in our own communities, women still do not have full equality. I'm working to change that.
Press conference today: Asking to provide adequate funding for the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act, Senators Tkaczyk, Krueger and Gipson appeared with Douglas Cooper, Executive Director of the Association for Community Living; Page Pierce, Executive Director of Families Together in New York State; and Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.
The Senator recently attended the Abilities First Annual Gala. The following awards were presented: Business of the Year(Applebee's), Community Service Award (Odyssey Church), and Participant of the Year (Bruce Bogart).
Another photo from the recent Abilities First Gala. The Senator is pictured with Marc Labo of Applebee's; Pastor Mark Mast and Pastor Steve Danbra, of Odyssey, A Mission of the Hopewell Reformed Church; and Bruce Bogart, Residential Program, Abilities First, Inc.