Friday, October 17, 2014

AWSDA Offers Self-Defense Training to Women

The American Women’s Self Defense Association recently held a national summit to train new instructors and teach women a variety of self-defense techniques. Held in Rochester, New York, the summit included classes on Krav Maga, advanced first aid, and pepper spray. Women also learned about the legalities and justifications for deciding to use force. On the last day of the three-day event, women interacted with a role player and were asked to decide how to respond to possible real-life situations. The participants applied what they had learned at the summit, and their choices included verbal de-escalation, light hand controls, and simulated use of a handgun.

AWSDA believes that every woman has a right to defend herself and that all women should have access to practical self-defense training. The organization provides training classes throughout the year as well as education about women’s legal rights in regards to self defense and rape prevention. 

Deborah Gallo, associate partner and managing attorney in Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates’ Batavia offices, is an AWSDA board member.

Wolfson Named White House Champion of Change

Craig Wolfson, an associate partner with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, recently visited the White House as a Champion of Change. Wolfson was nominated for the honor by the Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People and Goodwill. 

In October, the White House highlighted disability employment at its monthly Champions of Change event and recognized people who have worked to create job opportunities for people with disabilities and to make the workplace more accessible to them. White House officials met with the Champions of Change to learn more about the work they do with people with disabilities. A reception in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building followed the discussion.

Wolfson, who joined Rosicki in 1998, supports a number of organizations that promote workplace readiness and job opportunities for people with disabilities. He serves on the board of CCVIP and also works with the Long Island Working Partnership Board and The Rehabilitation Institute Business Advisory Council. In 2007, he was named Advocate of the Year by the Long Island Association for his efforts in recruiting and hiring people with disabilities.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rosicki Honored for Partnership with Genesee County ACE

Genesee ACE Employment Services recently recognized Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates for 10 years of support and collaboration. The first Genesee ACE client was placed with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates in October 2004, and the New York law firm has continued to hire ACE clients over the years. Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates received the honor at the annual Genesee ACE Working Customer Recognition Dinner in September.

Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates regularly works with agencies such as Genesee ACE Employment Services to offer employment opportunities to people with disabilities. In 2004, the law firm received the New York State Rehabilitation Association’s Business/Industry award for its commitment to hiring people with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation organizations. Approximately 20 percent of the firm’s employees are individuals with disabilities, and most have received job training from local groups. Tom Rosicki, the co-founder of the law firm, has said that people with disabilities have been an inspiration at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates due to their ability to overcome difficulties and enter the workforce.

Rosicki Honored for Work with Helen Keller Services for the Blind

Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates was recognized for its role as a community partner with Helen Keller Services for the Blind at a breakfast in early October designed to honor agencies and businesses that work with and support its mission. The agency depends on gifts and support from businesses and individuals to fund its work in the community.

Helen Keller Services for the Blind, which is based in Sands Point, New York, was founded in 1893. The agency works with blind people and those with visual impairments in the greater New York City area and in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The agency offers a variety of services, including training in daily living skills, a day habilitation program, and job placement. It also has specialized services for senior citizens and children, including a preschool and early intervention program. In the summer, Helen Keller Services for the Blind offers Camp Helen Keller at Adelphi University, where children ages 5 to 15 can participate in activities to help them build confidence and develop social skills.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Touro Law Center Mentor Program Connects Students and Alumni

Established at Touro College in 1980, the Touro Law Center serves approximately 650 students at its campus in Central Islip, New York. Since 2008, the center’s career services office has facilitated a mentorship program to connect aspiring legal professionals with experienced attorneys. The program matches second-, third-, and fourth-year students with practicing Touro alumni, allowing students to benefit from the knowledge of accomplished legal professionals. At the same time, the program provides an opportunity for graduates to remain involved with their alma mater. 

Mentors not only offer academic guidance during law school, but also help students to develop a foundation for a successful legal career. Drawing from their personal experiences, mentors can help students to manage stress, organize their priorities, or select classes, while offering professional insight and inspiration. In addition to sharing information about their own legal careers, mentors may introduce students to professionals in other practice areas. They may also invite students to visit a law firm or attend a court proceeding and can provide direct professional guidance in the form of mock trials and resume reviews.

The Touro Law Center’s career services office facilitates mentorships based on students’ interests, alumni practice areas, and geographic convenience. The program benefits from the involvement of such local professionals as Kelly Ann Poole, a partner at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates and a member of Touro’s Alumni and Dean’s Advisory Councils.

Long Island University C.W. Post Campus - Cooperative Education

Offering more than 250 academic programs, the Long Island University C.W. Post Campus provides a number of career preparation and placement resources to its student population. The institution’s Employer Advisory Board, which includes members such as Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates associate partner Craig Wolfson, oversees the delivery of such services, acting as a forum for students, faculty, and employers. 

The campus’ Cooperative Education program combines academic and professional development, providing students with valuable work experience relevant to both their degree path and career aspirations. Additionally, students who take part in Cooperative Education may choose from two program options. The Parallel Plan allows students to work between 15 and 20 hours per week while balancing their full-time studies at Post, while the Alternating Plan offers the opportunity to spend an entire semester working full time. Students on the Alternating Plan retain full-time status at the university and can complete the program without deviating from a four-year graduation track. 

Students in good academic standing who maintain a 2.5 GPA are eligible for Cooperative Education after completing the EEE-1 pre-placement seminar. Spanning four weeks of resume writing, job interview practice, and career research, the workshop helps students to plan their career goals and prepare for the Cooperative Education program.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Long Island American Heart Association Honors Local Physicians

The Long Island chapter of the American Heart Association annually honors medical personnel who have dedicated their lives to helping others improve their heart health at its annual Long Island Heart Ball and Auction. The event, which is held yearly in late spring, includes dinner, dancing, and a silent auction to raise money for AHA.

In 2014, AHA recognized Dr. George Petrossian of St. Francis Hospital. The director of interventional cardiovascular procedures, Dr. Petrossian has served at the hospital for 20 years. With extensive experience in cardiology and related fields, he specializes in coronary intervention and trans-catheter aortic valve implantation. The first physician in Long Island to perform trans-catheter aortic valve implantation and carotid stenting, he has also been involved in many clinical research trials. 

Previous AHA honorees include Dr. Paul E. Harnick of Winthrop-University Hospital and Dr. James R. Albanese of North Nassau Cardiology. The next Long Island Heart Ball and Auction will be held on May 8, 2015.

Janet Ward, a senior associate and managing attorney of the closing department at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a member of the Long Island Go Red for Women Luncheon Committee of the Long Island chapter of the American Heart Association.

Genesee ReStore Celebrates New Location

The Genesee County Habitat for Humanity ReStore is celebrating its first anniversary at its new location on Ellicott Street in Batavia. ReStore, which sells new and used building materials and home improvement items to raise money for local Habitat for Humanity building projects, first opened in 2009 in a church basement on Lewiston Road in Batavia. Open on Thursdays and Saturdays, the store is restocked weekly with donations from the community. New items are priced at 50% off the retail value, and used items are reduced to 50% to 90% of retail value, depending on their condition. Volunteers, who are a large part of the workforce at ReStore, help out by operating cash registers, taking donations, and stocking shelves. 

The Genesee County ReStore promotes environmental responsibility through several recycling programs. The store recycles used Christmas lights and cell phones. In addition, its electronics recycling program accepts computers, microwaves, wires, cables, and other items. The store also works with Vintage Tech Recyclers, which securely erases all data from used electronics.

Carla Cole, a team lead in the Batavia office of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a board member of the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nassau Girl Scout Creates Food Allergy Education Program

Kelly Bender, a Cadette with Girl Scout Troop 3308 in Nassau County, is teaching others about food allergies as part of her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. Bender has held several education sessions at local libraries, and she plans to expand her programs to other Girl Scout troops in Wantagh and Nassau County. Bender is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish, and she got the idea for the project when she visited Disney World and saw that even though many of the food items could have set off an allergic reaction, there was no indication that they contained allergens. “I thought it would be a great thing to bring more awareness,” Bender told a local news publication.

Bender spent several months conducting research for Food Allergy is Real (FAIR), her educational program. She also created a petition on Change.org asking that schools be allowed to have an EpiPen in the nurse’s office, and she plans to promote a food allergen walk on Long Island. Bender, who has been a Girl Scout since elementary school, is a senior at Wantagh High School.

Kelly Ann Poole, a partner with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a board member of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

Nassau Traffic Board Addresses Hempstead Turnpike Safety

The Nassau County Traffic and Safety Board’s focus on pedestrian safety encompasses the “3 E’s for Safety,” including education, engineering, and enforcement. The program was formed in response to several people dying trying to cross the Hempstead Turnpike, which has been called the deadliest road in New York State. To increase the safety of the road itself, the New York State Department of Transportation has improved all of its pedestrian crosswalks by repainting stripes and increasing their visibility. The department has also increased the length of pedestrian signals at the crosswalks to give pedestrians more time to cross the street safely.

To address dangerous driver behaviors, including failure to yield and speeding, the Nassau Police Department and the Village and City Police Departments have trained officers to educate pedestrians about safe behavior and instructed officers to issue violations to drivers. The Traffic and Safety Board also is using a $6,500 grant to present pedestrian safety programs at Nassau County high schools.

Bob Molloy, chief financial officer of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a member of the Nassau County Traffic and Safety Board.