Assemblyman Robin Schimminger invited Marc Titterington, 17, Youth of the Year winner and a representative of the Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns, to Albany to join him as a guest on Schimminger’s weekly cable TV show and to visit the Assembly while in session. Titterington, a senior at Tonawanda High School, came to Albany with Boys & Girls Club and Buffalo Urban League advocate Gabrielle Mosher.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (left) with Bill Swanson, grand marshal of the 2018 Ken-Ton Memorial Day Parade.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger met with representatives of many veterans’ groups before the annual Ken-Ton Memorial Day Parade, including Amelia Parrish, president of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Brounshidle Post 205.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (right) took the time to meet with parade organizers, constituents and other members of the community before the annual Ken-Ton Memorial Day Parade. Pictured with Schimminger are constituents Louis Deluca and Maxwell McDonald.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger met fellow Cardinal O’Hara High School alum Mary Madonia, CPA, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Crisis Services’ new location at 100 River Rock Road in Buffalo. Madonia works for FreedMaxick and is a board member for Crisis Services, which offers a variety of emergency mental health services.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Crisis Services location at 100 River Rock Road in Buffalo. Crisis Services offers emergency mental health care including 24-hour hotlines for suicide prevention and addiction services, and support for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child or elder abuse.
Assemblymen Robin Schimminger (right) and Ray Walter held a joint press conference on May 11 to request that Bon-Ton stores ask the Delaware bankruptcy court where they filed to give customers with gift cards more time to redeem them. The liquidator that purchased Bon-Ton allowed only 10 days for gift cards to be used, a period that ended after April 29. They were joined by Tonawanda resident Donna Baker, who brought the matter to their attention.
In April, the New York State Assembly unanimously passed a resolution honoring Buffalo Police K-9 Officer Craig E. Lehner, who was part of the department's Underwater Recovery team. He died in the line of duty in October following a training exercise in the Niagara River. Officer Lehner's mother, Kathleen, and one of his sisters, Donna Wilson, received a copy of the resolution in Albany.
Pictured in the Assembly chamber, from left to right: Assemblyman Michael Norris, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, Donna Wilson, Kathleen Lehner, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Assemblywoman Monica Wallace, Assemblyman Sean Ryan.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (right) looks over photos chronicling the Sister City relationship between Buffalo and Dortmund, Germany, with WBFO reporter Avery Schneider. Schimminger had previously served as chairman of the Sister City Committee.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (center) met with members of the Manufacturers Alliance of NYS in his Albany office in March. Front row, from left to right: Randy Wolken, Manufacturers Assn. of Central New York; Michael Ernenwine, Lockheed Martin; Scott Armstrong, Armstrong Communications; Patrick O'Donnell, Momentive Performance Materials. Back row, left to right: Jeff Gray, Monofrax LLC; Matthew Millea, C&S Companies; Paul Henry, The Bonadio Group.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (right) recently met Lisa and Patrick McPartland, constituents from Kenmore, on the Assembly floor in Albany. In honor of World Lymphedema Day, March 6, Lisa was honored with a resolution recognizing her advocacy, support and fundraising for lymphedema awareness.
In March, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger presented Kenmore East High School senior Jacob Aguglia (right) with a citation honoring his accomplishments and congratulating him on his participation in the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble in Albany. He is pictured with his parents, Cindy and Phil Aguglia, and younger brother Griffin. Phil Aguglia is the band director at Kenmore East.
New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger met Canisius College English/Communication Studies major Felicia Smolen, a Town of Tonawanda resident who is currently interning at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant. Schimminger and Smolen both graduated from St. Francis of Assisi School and Cardinal O'Hara High School before continuing on to Canisius College.
New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (left) paid a visit to the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant on River Road on Feb. 15. Pictured with Schimminger are the facility's new plant manager, Ram Ramanujam (center), and shop chairman Chuck Herr of UAW Local 774.
Supporting Our Youth Assemblyman Robin Schimminger meets with representatives of the Town of Tonawanda Youth Bureau at his office in Albany. Standing are Claire Cavarello, left, a student at Mount Saint Mary Academy; Nicole Caputi, a student at Cardinal O'Hara High School; Schimminger; and Sheila Csicseri, recreation coordinator with the town Youth, Parks & Recreation Department. Seated is Nicole Fields, director of the Youth Bureau with the town Recreation Department. The group was in Albany recently for the New York State Youth Leadership Forum with 200 other student leaders and those who work with youth. They met with their representatives to advocate for the importance of youth development funding.
Advocating for Aid Students from Niagara University meet with Assemblyman Robin Schimminger during the annual Student Aid Alliance for Financial Aid Advocacy Day. Standing in the back row are Mary McCormick, left, Meg Ruh, Aundrea Rogers, Jaclyn Rossi and Mike Freedman. In the front are Dom Hannon and Chris Rogers. Freedman is the associate director of public relations and manager of online content, and Rossi is the associate director of alumni engagement and government relations. The students joined more than 1,000 student advocates from around the state.
Champion of Small Businesses Mike Durant, New York State Director of the National Federation of Small Business, presents Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-C-I-Kenmore) with the Guardian Award. The award is the organization's highest honor and is given to selected state lawmakers who advocate for New York's small business owners. The award was recently presented on Schimminger's cable television show in Albany. The show airs at 8 p.m. Monday on Channel 22 via Verizon Fios; at 11 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on Channel 22 via Apollo Media Center; 2:30 and 11 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 p.m. Wednesdays and 3 p.m. Thursdays on Channel 22 via Charter Cable; and 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on Channel 51 via Cable 18 through WPXJ-TV.
Assemblyman Schimminger questions Howard Zemsky, who heads the governor's economic development programs, during a recent oversight hearing in Albany. Pictured are some of his colleagues in the New York State Assembly, including John McDonald III, far left, Ellen Jaffee and Harry Bronson, and on his right is Assemblyman Raymond Walter. Schimminger and his colleagues questioned, among other issues, the lower-than-expected number of jobs created by Start-Up NY and the Excelsior Jobs Program, in addition to the millions of dollars spent marketing these and other programs around the country.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger congratulates Town of Tonawanda resident Fred Kubus, who was among the honorees at a recent veterans ceremony at Kenney Field. Thirty-nine combat veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf Wars were honored with certificates given by town officials. Kubus served in Iraq.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger enjoys a ride in a fully automated vehicle recently at The University at Buffalo's North Campus. The vehicle was provided by Southwest Research Institute, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, a nonprofit that develops automated vehicle technology for military and civilian application. The UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hosted the event. In addition to experiencing automated vehicle technology, the assemblyman also toured UB's motion simulation laboratory.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger introduces honoree Derek M. Sansone, left, to George Trautman after a recent ceremony honoring combat veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf Wars at Kenney Field. Both Sansone and Trautman are members of the United States Naval Construction Forces, called the "Seabees." The word "Seabee" comes from the intials "CB," which in turn comes from the term "Construction Battalion." Trautman served in World War II and Sansone in a more recent war. Thirty-nine veterans were honored at the ceremony with certificates given by town officials.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger enjoys talking with Kenmore residents Tom and Colleen O'Rourke before a recent Buffalo Philharmonic concert in Niawanda Park. This is the second year Schimminger has sponsored the event, enabling residents to hear a free concert on a summer evening. Prior to the concert, Schimminger introduced Stefan Sanders, the BPO conductor for the evening. Musical selections included "The Star Spangled Banner," "Bugler's Dream from The Charge Suite," "Olympic Fanfare and Theme," "Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario," "Star Trek Through the Years" and "Batman Symphony." The Niawanda Park concert was part of the orchestra's "Free Concerts in the Parks" series.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger prepares to enjoy a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert, which he sponsored, in Niawanda Park. He is pictured with Stefan Sanders, who conducted the concert, and BPO musicians and Kenmore residents Geoff Hardcastle, who plays the trumpet, and Maria Hardcastle, who places the viola. Musical selections included "The Star Spangled Banner," "Bugler's Dream from The Charge Suite," "Olympic Fanfare and Theme," "Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario," "Star Trek Through the Years" and "Batman Symphony." The Niawanda Park concert was part of the orchestra's "Free Concerts in the Parks" series.
Veteran honorees stand with Assemblyman Robin Schimminger during his visit to Crestmount Senior Apartments in Tonawanda. The 22 veterans were each given a memento and certificate.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger presents George Trautman with a certificate honoring him for his service during World War II. Schimminger presented Trautman and each of 21 other veterans with a certificate and memento during a ceremony held Monday afternoon at Crestmount Senior Apartments in Tonawanda. Afterward, Trautmans 91st birthday was celebrated with a cake for all the residents.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger participates in the grand opening of Watsons Chocolates newly renovated location at 2916 Delaware Ave. in the Village of Kenmore. It features four soft serve machines and a variety of chocolates and candies, in addition to a seating area for customers.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, right, speaks with Jim Watson, who took over the chocolate part of Watsons Chocolates business from his parents, Lou and Ellen, in 1971. Watsons celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated store Thursday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting.
New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-C-I-Kenmore) is flanked by Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, left, and Assemblyman John Ceretto as he speaks during a press conference held recently at Canalside. The event highlighted the disparity in state funding of transportation infrastructure. The event was organized by the FAIR Committee of WNY, which works for fair apportionment of infrastructure revenues. FAIR organized the event in conjunction with the Western New York Legislative Delegation, a bipartisan group of state senators and assemblymembers who represent WNY in Albany. Schimminger highlighted the projects within his district that are overdue for repair, including the Youngmann Highway Bridge over Parker Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger speaks with Western New York veterans who came to meet with him recently in Albany. Pictured are representatives from the Erie County American Legion participating in the organizations annual lobby day, including Suzanne Quirk, Karyn Porempski, Joseph Porempski and Tom Deinzer. The assemblyman has always been a strong advocate for veterans.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, third from the left, is pictured with a number of legislators in the state Assembly Chamber in the Capitol building in Albany. Schimminger is flanked by Assemblywomen Jane Corwin, far left, and Crystal Peoples-Stokes. To his right are Michael Osborne, vice president of finance for the Catholic Health System; Peter Bergmann, president and CEO of Sisters of Charity Hospital; James Millard, president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital; and Assemblyman Raymond Walter.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger presents Larry Playfair, president of the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Foundation, with a framed, ceremonial pen set during a recent meeting at First Niagara Center. Schimminger had sponsored a state law that permitted nonprofit organizations, such as the Sabres Foundation, to increase the amount of a prize awarded by raffle. The Sabres Foundation has supported many Western New York organizations, including Women & Childrens Hospital of Buffalo, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, SABAH and the Ronald McDonald House.
Town of Tonawanda Supervisor-elect Joe Emminger, State Senator Marc Pane¬pinto, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Executive Director of the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce Tracey Lukasik, State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, Congressman Brian Higgins and Town Councilman Dan Crangle officially marked the opening of the North Youngmann Commerce Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony in October at the business parks entrance at Two Mile Creek Road. Three businesses have already committed to locating their operations to the 92-acre site, formerly known as Mud Flats. First Source, which manufactures and packages candy products, will open a 300,000 square-foot facility and MJ Mechanical is building a 40,000 square-foot building. Unifrax will also be moving from its current location just across the street on Fire Tower Drive.
After years of planning, the Sherwood Greenway Trail and highway improvement projects to NY Route 324 (Sheridan Drive) and NY Route 325 (Sheridan Drive Extension) in the Town of Tonawanda are finally underway. NYS Department of Transportation Acting Regional Director Darrell F. Kaminski showed construction plans to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli, Assemblyman Schimminger and Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana during a groundbreaking event held in July.
Dr. Myron Czuczman, head of Lymphoma/Myeloma Service & Lymphoma Translational Research, discussed the pharmaceutical studies and clinical trials being conducted at Roswell Park Cancer Institute with Assemblyman Schimminger and Joseph Buccilli, who participated in one of the clinical trials.
Dr. L. Nelson Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer of The Jacobs Institute, gave Assemblyman Schimminger a tour of The Jacobs Institute, located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The Jacobs Institute's vision is to catalyze medical collaboration and innovation through partnerships between the University at Buffalo Kaleida Health, community physicians, and industry in vascular medicine and related neurological diseases.