On Aug. 27, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and Buffalo North District Councilmember Joseph Golombek held a joint press conference announcing state and city officials have secured funding for a construction project that involves a number of improvements to the football field in Riverside Park. A $150,000 state legislative capital project grant that Schimminger secured earlier this year will cover various expenses, with the majority of related construction scheduled to take place sometime in 2019. An additional $75,000 in funding for the project comes from the City of Buffalo’s capital budget.
Schimminger and Golombek’s collaboration on funding enabled the City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets on improvements including crowning the field, installation of drainage and a water source for irrigation, overseeding of the field and placement of turf.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger visited Dalton Drive, in the Town of Tonawanda, on August 23 to check on the progress of a milling and paving job paid for with a $400,000 Assembly Multi-Modal Program grant he secured. These funds will also enable the town’s Highway Department to repave Kelvin Drive, Kettering Drive, Claremont Avenue, Conant Drive and Wendel Avenue, between Decatur Road and Highland Avenue, over the next few years. The grant supplements the state’s annual Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding that helps local municipalities upgrade the aging infrastructure of public roadways.
Pictured are, from left to right: Chris Tracey (background, in driver’s seat of paver), Greg Halt, Nathan Golonka, Jake Davis and Rich Reinard of the Highway Department; Assemblyman Schimminger and Highway Superintendent Tom Jones.
Assemblyman Schimminger met up with two Vietnam veterans, Louis (left) and Sharlene Quintilone, in Niawanda Park on July 16. The Quintilones were in the park to watch the annual Canal Fest TNT Tug-of-War, followed by the Ramblin’ Lou Family Band concert in the nearby bandshell.
On July 16, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger refereed the traditional Canal Fest TNT Tug-of-War between North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda. The NT side secured its second consecutive victory after a string of four years of Tonawanda wins. As a result, Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis had to push the victorious NT Mayor Arthur Pappas across the Renaissance Bridge in a wheelbarrow the following day.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and State Senator Chris Jacobs were responsible for securing a total of $100,000 ($50,000 each) in funding to pay for much-needed capital improvements to the structure of the Buffalo Religious Arts Center. From left to right: Buffalo Religious Arts Center president and founder Mary Holland; volunteers Joyce DiChristina and Claire Hans; Assemblyman Schimminger; vice-president and treasurer Bill Koch; volunteer Ron Barrett, and Paul Pfeiffer, representing Senator Jacobs.
On July 12, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger visited the Buffalo Religious Arts Center in Buffalo, which has existed since 2008 in a former church that now displays artwork from various religious denominations, where he heard about the latest developments from Mary Holland, the center’s founder and president. Schimminger was responsible for securing $50,000 in funding for needed structural improvements.
Assemblyman Schimminger caught up with City of Tonawanda resident and Korean War veteran Sam Scinta at Niawanda Park.
Assemblyman Schimminger was invited to give the welcoming remarks at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra July 8 performance at Niawanda Park.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger paid a special welcome to Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Stefan Sanders before the BPO’s July 8 annual summer concert at Niawanda Park.
Tonawanda Rails to Trails has expanded to Lincoln Park. On June 26, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger was invited to join in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lincoln Park Loop Trail, with other Town of Tonawanda public officials. Pictured are (from left to right): Sean O'Neil, representative for State Senator Chris Jacobs; Councilman Daniel Crangle; Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger; Town Engineer Jim Jones; Councilman William Conrad (partially obscured), Assemblyman Schimminger and Councilman John Bargnesi. About 70 percent of the funding for the $1 million project came from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, with the rest coming from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and federal Community Development Block Grant funds.
On June 25, public officials of the towns of Tonawanda and Amherst held a joint press conference to announce that a walk audit was underway to consider solutions to make Niagara Falls Boulevard safer for pedestrians. Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (center, at podium) wrote a letter to the Department of Transportation calling for needed safety upgrades. Pictured with Schimminger are (from left to right): Tonawanda Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger, Amherst Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa, who is partially obscured, and Assemblyman Ray Walter.
On June 25, public officials of the towns of Tonawanda and Amherst held a joint press conference to announce that a walk audit was underway to consider solutions to make Niagara Falls Boulevard safer for pedestrians. Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (center, at podium) wrote a letter to the Department of Transportation calling for needed safety upgrades. Pictured with Schimminger are (from left to right): Tonawanda Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger, Amherst Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa and Assemblyman Ray Walter.
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.