Issues: Youth

Dictionary Project With Longridge Elementary School

Third grade students at Longridge Elementary school in Greece received their new dictionaries on Tuesday, September 18th. In addition to members of the Greece Rotary, Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, Greece Central School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, and Greece Chamber of Commerce President Jodie Perry also helped distribute dictionaries!

September 18, 2012


Legislation Makes the Viewing of Child Pornography a Class E Felony

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that a bill she voted in favor of to close a gaping legal loophole in New York State that makes it legal to view online child porn has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and for acting quickly to support a measure that would protect the children of New York State,” said Senator Ritchie. 

September 7, 2012

First Day of School

Today, many of our students across the area started the 2012-2013 school year. I had the privilege to join the students, faculty, and staff at Flower City School #54 in the city for their first day of school! Students had the opportunity to meet City of Rochester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and take part in activities on The Green Machine. The Green Machine is a solar powered research vehicle, designed by Monroe #1 BOCES Technology Service. It is an interactive mobile science labratory that provides state-of-the-art technology in a curriculum-rich environment. It includes five workstations (CSI, Ecology, Geography, Zoology, and Medical), which students are assigned to work together in a specified scenario to solve a mystery.

September 5, 2012

Back to School Reminder: No State Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases Up to $110

Believe it or not, it’s back-to-school time again! Preparing our kids for a new school year can be a fun and exciting time, but with so many families feeling an economic crunch these days, it can be a stressful time as well. That’s why I wanted to remind you of some good news that is sure to help your back-to-school budget. Shoppers will not pay state sales tax on clothing purchases up to $110. Clothing purchases can be a big part of a family budget, and I was pleased to support this tax cut to help hardworking New Yorkers keep more money in their pockets. Repealing the sales tax on clothing is projected to save a typical family of four nearly $200 a year.

August 30, 2012

New Playground For Students at School #36

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground at School #36. The playground is just one of the improvements to the school since the end of the school year in June. Following the ceremony, students and their parents were welcome to tour the school and see the changes to the exterior and interior of the building. Best wishes to the all the students, faculty, and staff at School #36 for a successful school year!

August 29, 2012

Rochester Red Wings Host Strike Out Bullying Night

On Sunday night, August 19th, the Rochester Red Wings hosted 'Strike Out Bullying' night as the team played host to the Empire State Yankees. Prior to the game, I had the privilege to join Citizens Against Teen Suicide to provide remarks and to present a bat, autographed by the Red Wings team, to Karen Klein of Greece, who was the victim of bullying on a school bus earlier this summer. The night also featured a guest appearance by former New York Yankees pitcher Tommy John and motivational speaker Bob Holmes.

August 20, 2012

Delivering School Supplies to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet

This week, I stopped by the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, located at 500 Maiden Lane, to deliver school supplies that I collected over the past month. Thank you to all of those who supported my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive. Once again this year, I collected backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, and other necessary school supplies to donate to the clothes closet. Here I am pictured with Pat Licati, June Mangan, and Joan Wakefield. All are volunteers at the clothes closet.

August 17, 2012

2012 National Night Out

(Rochester, NY) - Last night, I had the privilege to take part in a number of the celebrations around our community to mark National Night Out. Greece, Charlotte, and the Maplewood area were just some of the communities that hosted family-oriented events to take a stand against crime.

August 8, 2012

Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children


June 15, 2012


David V. Aguilar Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionAlejandro Mayorkas Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesJohn Morton Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement


Janet Napolitano


Exercising Proset¢orial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children


August 8, 2012

Puerto Rican Youth Development Hosts Family Day

Recently, I had the privilege to visit with youth from our community and their families at Puerto Rican Youth Development's Safe Summer Family Day. There were board games, volleyball, a bounce house, and other activities for families to participate in. Great work by everyone involved.

August 2, 2012

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Recognize High School Graduates With Multiple Language Proficiency

Governor Cuomo yesterday signed into law a bill to recognize New York State high school graduates who demonstrate academic excellence in attaining proficiency in one or more languages other than English with a state seal of biliteracy. The seal will be attached to diplomas and transcripts of graduates who excel in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in multiple languages.

August 1, 2012

Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Robach's Legislation Regarding Body Piercing

Governor Cuomo today signed into law a bill to better protect teens from infections and blood-borne disease by requiring that a minor have written parental consent before obtaining a body piercing. This bill, overwhelmingly passed by both the Senate and the Assembly, is an important measure that will help to keep young New Yorkers healthy and safe.

"Body piercing can result in severe health risks and it is our obligation as New Yorkers and parents to make sure that our teens are taking every precaution to remain healthy and safe," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank Senator Robach and Assembly Member Simanowitz for their hard work on this legislation."

July 30, 2012

State Department of Health Reports Increased Number of Cases of Whooping Cough

State Health Department Urges People to Get Immunized


ALBANY, N.Y. (July 18, 2012) – State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., is urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) in light of an elevated number of cases this year in New York and across the country.


"Pertussis is a highly contagious, but very preventable disease" Commissioner Shah said. Here in New York, we are seeing an increased number of reported cases this year, as is the case across the United States. "I encourage New Yorkers to make sure that you and your family members are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations in order to prevent infection".


July 18, 2012

8/11/2012: 6th Annual Family & Friends Day

Join Senator Huntley and friends for a FREE day of learning,exercise, games, rides, food, music, entertainment and otherfun-filled activities.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Roy Wilkins ParkFoch and Merrick Boulevards12 NOON – 4:00 PM

For more information, please contact my District Office at (718) 523-3069

August 11, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Visiting With Students at Freedom School

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with students at NEAD/CDF Freedom School as a 'Read Aloud' Guest to read a portion of Jonah Winter's "Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World".

July 16, 2012

School Year Ends With Closures

The Queens Gazette wrote about Long Island City's final graduation, where Senator Gianaris was honored to deliver the keynote speech.

State Senator Michael Gianaris was the keynote speaker on June 27 at Long Island City High School’s final graduation. The school will be closed and reopened in the fall as a completely new school following the city Department of Education’s aggressive plan to turn around under-performing schools, which Gianaris, an LIC alumni, opposed.

Read the full article here.


July 16, 2012

2012 Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive

I am proud to announce my “Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive”. From now until August 17th, I will be collecting backpacks and school supplies and will be donating them to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, who is in “great need” for these items.


Supplies needed are include

Pens (blue and black)
Rulers and protractors
Lined paper and pads
Composition paper
Basic calculator
Glue sticks


If you have items you would like to donate, you can drop them off at either of the following locations:


Office of Senator Joseph E. Robach

2300 West Ridge Road

Rochester, NY 14626

July 10, 2012

Griffo Says Cyberbullying Law Will Help NY's Students

Griffo Commends Governor for Acting to Prevent Cyberbullying

July 9, 2012
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