After hearing about all of the innovative research, education and community outreach being done at the Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute, Congressman Michael Arcuri (D-NY) paid the Institute a visit over the summer. Arcuri was given a tour and briefing of the facility on the 4th anniversary of its opening by President Mark D. Gearan, FLI Director Marion Balyszak and many other HWS staff members. Providing the congressman with an overview, Balyszak explained the multifaceted nature of the FLI. “We host research on the state of the Finger Lakes, lectures for HWS and Finger Lakes region community members, teacher-professional development, summer camps for middle and elementary school students and are broadening our scope of research to encompass all 11 Finger Lakes,” Balyszak explained to Arcuri. Arcuri, a fall 2006 President’s Forum speaker, represents the 24th District of New York State in Congress. While serving as district attorney, Arcuri initiated and expanded several crime prevention programs, including the Utica Arson Task Force, the Special Victims Unit within his office, the county’s Drug Court program and many other integral causes. A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and New York Law School, Acuri holds one of the highest conviction rates in the state, consistently above 90 percent. Throughout his career, he has achieved other milestones. In 1997, he became the first man to win the Mohawk Valley Person of the Year Award from the YWCA for his work in the area of domestic violence and sexual abuse. In 2003, he was elected president of the New York State District Attorneys Association.