Today, June 12, 2015, the PII & TCCR hosted more than seventy (70) public service men and women representing more than fifteen (15) different law enforcement & public service departments throughout Western New York. In no particular order:
· U.S. Attorney Hon. William Hochul · Federal Bureau of Investigation
· Monroe County Sheriff’s Office – Undersheriff Bill Sanborn & Commander David Phelps*
· Monroe County Clerk – Cheryl Dinolfo – Monroe County District Attorney- Sandra Dorley
· New York State Police · Town of Webster PD · Town of Brighton PD
· Monroe County Law Enforcement Council, Chief Mark Henderson
· Town of Irondequoit PD · Town of Greece PD · Rochester City PD · Town of Brockport PD
· Town of Gates/Chili PD · Town of Fairport PD · East Rochester PD · Town of Ogden PD
Our mission of the Peace Islands Institute is to build bridges, friendships, and platforms for individuals from all walks of life, backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and cultures in order to eradicate the hatred & stereotypes that are preventing our global neighborhoods from receiving the light of understanding and empathy for each other. We hope programs like this luncheon will help build these bridges in our community and promote this awareness for all its members. In short, we hope we make their jobs easier by bringing our communities together, creating dialogue, and removing the darkness of ignorance, replacing it with the light of humans being human.
The United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, Honorable William J. Hochul Jr. offered a motivating and informative keynote speech. Historical and modern day circumstances were woven to bring to light solutions and Mr. Hochul reinforced the bridge building theme and the importance of private community and public service to help each other. Mr. Hochul called upon those present to use today as a positive sign that here in Rochester, events such as this are proof that we are building those bridges.
Following the meal, these modern day heroes gathered to be recognized by the Peace Islands Institute and the Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester. The plaques read: “In honor, appreciation, & recognition to our everyday heroes on behalf of the Peace Islands Institute of Upstate New York & Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester, we wish to memorialize your daily public service, dedication, sacrifice, and commitment to our community with this plaque.”
We believe positive events such as this should be reported with as much fervor as other stories in and around our community.