Friday, September 12, 2014

Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board Builds a Strong Workforce

The Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board aims to develop a competitive and skilled workforce by creating an understanding of workforce issues and trends. The board also aims to promote continuous learning among people and corporations. Tom Frost, a senior attorney in the Fishkill office at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., has served as a board member with the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board since 2012.

The Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board aims to engage its community and shape the Dutchess County workforce in a number of ways. The board aims to provide forums for community dialogue, demonstrate the importance of learning to achieve a healthy workforce, and deliver current data on workforce issues and trends. In addition, the board acts as a facilitator between government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses to join together with a focus on workforce issues.

The programs that the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board offers are funded partially through funds provided by federal funds from the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the County of Dutchess.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Erie County Bar Association Dedicated to Public Service

The Bar Association of Erie County offers a number of free services, from pamphlets to educational seminars, to the public. With more than 3,700 members, including lawyers, paralegals, and judges, it stands as the largest bar association in the state outside of the New York City area. Its members remain committed to their communities and to improving their profession.

A primary part of the association’s work consists of public service programs and brochures, which cover topics that include divorce mediation, living wills, and at-will employment. The association also works with community groups each spring to host the Elder Law Fair, which presents seminars for senior citizens and their families and caretakers. In addition, the Bar Association of Erie County holds its annual Have a Heart food drive to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations for the Food Bank of Western New York. 

To serve the youth of its community, the association works to stop drunk driving among high school students through the Stop DWI Student Assembly Program, which is presented at about 12 high schools. Law enforcement officers and legal experts talk about the devastating effects of driving while intoxicated, and reports say the program has had a significant impact on students.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Stanfort Perry Takes Leadership Role at AHRC Nassau

Stanfort J. Perry recently accepted the position of associate executive director of AHRC Nassau, where he will oversee AHRC initiatives such as Compass and Quality Assurance, and the Residential and Day Program. He also will administer the Brookville Center for Children’s Services’ Residential Program and the Pearl and Jack Ain Advantage Care Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

One of Perry’s biggest challenges will be helping to implement changes to care management that are required of New York service providers. “The transition to manage care for people with developmental disabilities will be the most important change since deinstitutionalization,” Perry said in a statement.

Perry has worked with organizations that serve people with disabilities for much of his career. His first job in the field was an entry-level position with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York, where he worked as a residential aide. Perry credits the job with helping him understand the priorities of staff, family, and clients. Most recently, he spent 14 years as the executive director of ARC of Onondaga.                            

Monday, August 25, 2014

Nassau County AHRC Foundation Provides Financial Support

To ensure that AHRC Nassau, a nonprofit agency that works with people who have developmental and other disabilities, can provide services regardless of the economic climate, the Nassau County AHRC Foundation regularly hosts events and other opportunities to raise funds. AHRC Nassau and its affiliated organizations work with thousands of children and adults with special needs in Nassau County each year. The foundation’s board of directors, led by Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates founder Thomas Rosicki, oversees its fundraising activities.

In 2014, the Foundation is hosting several events to benefit AHRC Nassau and Camp Loyaltown, a summer camp in Hunter, New York, that annually welcomes more than 700 campers with special needs. The Camp Loyaltown auction raises money for capital improvements and repairs to the 65-year-old camp, including an infirmary, new roads to allow wheelchair access all over the camp, and a mini-golf course. The AHRC Foundation’s annual Margiotta Memorial Golf Outing offers recognition and honors for different levels of sponsorship, and the AHRC Walk and 5K in Eisenhower Park draws more than 1,000 people to celebrate the AHRC’s mission.

NCBA Advertises Pro Bono Programs Due to Jump in Foreclosures

The Nassau County Bar Association has launched an advertising campaign to publicize the free legal services it offers to Nassau County residents facing foreclosure following Superstorm Sandy. The NCBA is committed to providing civil legal services, and it has expanded its pro bono programs after seeing an increase in the number of foreclosure cases in New York State. According to the NCBA, foreclosure actions rose from about 26,700 in 2006 to more than 44,000 in 2013. Recently, 59 percent of the defendants in cases outside New York City did not have legal representation.

To spread the word about its civil legal services, the NCBA is publicizing “free mortgage foreclosure help” on large ads on the outsides and insides of public buses. The group is also sending out direct-mail postcards to people affected by foreclosure proceedings. Gale D. Berg, director of NCBA pro bono attorney activities, said in a press statement that the NCBA wants to publicize the free service to as many residents as possible. “Unfortunately, the need has not abated but keeps increasing,” he said. The advertising effort is funded by a grant from the NYS Attorney General Homeownership Protection Program.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Go Red for Women Promotes Heart Health

The American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign aims to help women across the United States to understand the importance of taking care of their hearts. Many people do not realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and fail to recognize the symptoms of heart disease or an impending heart attack. Go Red for Women encourages women who have had heart issues to share their stories of survival and advocate for more education about heart disease. AHA encourages women to eat healthily, reduce stress, and practice “heart-healthy” exercise to prevent heart disease.

The Long Island Chapter of AHA recently hosted a Go Red for Women luncheon that included an educational component for guests. Janet Ward, a senior associate and the managing attorney of the Closing Department at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., is a member of the 2014 Luncheon Committee, which planned a program for the event that taught women to take care of their hearts and to gain an understanding of cardiovascular disease and the risk factors that are of particular importance to women.

Mercy Medical Center Recognized for Patient Safety

Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre was recently awarded an “A” by The Leapfrog Group in its Hospital Safety ScoreSM. The hospital was one of just six on Long Island to receive such a high rating for patient safety. More than 2,500 hospitals across the United States were rated in spring 2014, and only about one-third of them earned an “A.”

Lately, Mercy Medical Center has received various forms of recognition for its outstanding service. Notably, The Joint Commission, a prominent accreditor of health care organizations in the U.S., ranked it as a top performer on key quality measures. Moreover, U.S. News & World Report has recognized it as one of New York’s best hospitals. Moreover, according to Becker’s Hospital Review, it is one of the “100 Great Community Hospitals in the U.S.”

In a recent press statement, Mercy Medical Center’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Dr. Aaron E. Glatt, said in reference to The Leapfrog Group’s assessment, “This latest recognition underscores the superior safety and quality provided at Mercy.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dutchess ARC Foundation Serves People with Developmental Disabilities

Based on a special education teacher’s vision to provide opportunities in the community for people with special needs, the Dutchess ARC Foundation has grown into the largest organization in Dutchess County, New York, that provides services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. The educators who established the foundation believed that people with developmental disabilities have a right to become contributing members of their communities and that their involvement will enrich the places where they live and work.

Today, the Dutchess ARC Foundation offers a range of services, including community living facilities for clients, resources for families, and employment services. The foundation develops partnerships with businesses in the community to provide trained and committed employees who make a positive contribution to the business. Staff members also meet with families and their loved ones to talk about their needs and help them navigate the complex system of services. 

The foundation’s board of trustees, which includes Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates senior attorney Tom Frost, provides leadership and fundraising support. In addition to federal funds the Dutchess ARC Foundation relies on help from friends, businesses, and individual donors.

Nassau Safety Board Focuses on Hempstead Turnpike

In order to help make local roads safer for pedestrians, the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board has launched the “Walk Safe Nassau” campaign. The board developed the campaign in response to the 2012 death of Anthony D’Alessandro, who died after he was hit crossing Hempstead Turnpike. More than 35 pedestrians have been killed on the turnpike since 2005, including, in recent years, several teenagers, and in 2012, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign named it the deadliest road in the state of New York. Other roads in Nassau County where pedestrians have died include Sunrise Highway, Merrick Road, and Fulton Street. 

The community education campaign has blanketed local businesses with informational flyers and posters. Walk Safe Nassau also has issued public service announcements that address the dangers of crossing roads and provide safety tips for pedestrians. Through the effort, the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board hopes to reduce the number of fatalities on Hempstead Turnpike and other unsafe roads in the county.

Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates CFO Bob Molloy serves as a board member of the Nassau County Traffic Safety Committee.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Annual Hunter’s Hope Gala Honors Jim Kelly

The 10th annual Hunter’s Hope Gala paid special tribute to Jim Kelly, the founder of Hunter’s Hope, who recently began a new round of chemotherapy for jaw cancer. The event, which raises funds for research and education about Krabbe disease and other degenerative disorders that affect the nervous system, began with a reading of a poem dedicated to Jim and his wife, Jill Kelly. Hunter’s Hope is named after the Kellys’ son, who died from Krabbe disease at age 8.

The poem, which is about the Kelly family, recognizes their generous giving and faith. Tom and Cynthia Rosicki shared the poem with Jim Kelly in his hospital room before the gala. Kelly sent a message to attendees at the event saying he loved and was grateful for the poem.

The chaplain for the Buffalo Bills professional football team, who officiated at the Kellys’ wedding, also attended the gala. He remarked that the Kellys had a strong faith after the loss of their son that would help them endure Jim Kelly’s battle with cancer.