Senator Joseph Robach is the New York State Senate representative for the 56th Senatorial District which encompasses the Towns of Brighton, Clarkson, Gates, Greece, Hamiln, Parma, and parts of the City of Rochester, including Charlotte, Historic Maplewood and the University of Rochester. Before his election to the Senate, Robach served as an Assemblyman for 11 years filling the seat vacated by the unfortunate passing of his father, Roger Robach.
A graduate of Aquinas Institute and the State University of New York College at Brockport, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees, Senator Robach has been a lifelong resident of the Rochester area. Throughout his tenure, he has earned a reputation for being an accessible, community-oriented legislator and an outspoken advocate for a more timely budget process. In 2005, he led the way in overhauling New York’s budget when the Legislature passed legislation which would amend our State’s constitution and permanently change the budget process in New York State. As a result, the Legislature passed the first on-time budget in over 2 decades.
Senator Robach has an exceptional record of community and civic involvement. He has been recognized by many organizations, police departments, healthcare facilities, businesses and not-for-profits both locally and statewide for his outstanding record in the Legislature. Senator Robach has worked diligently to expand economic development in Rochester, increase funding for education, cut taxes and improve and protect our healthcare system. During his tenure in the Senate, he has secured an unprecedented amount of resources for the Rochester area which has funded the expansion of the emergency departments for Highland and Unity Hospitals, and provided funding for hundreds of local charities and all the school districts in the 56th District. In addition, Senator Robach has secured funding to sponsor Greater Rochester Enterprise’s mission to Israel to recruit Israeli businesses to relocate to the Rochester area which has resulted in job creation and business opportunities in our region.
In the Senate, he serves as the Majority Conference Whip, Chairman of the Transportation Committee and is a member of the standing committees on Commerce; Economic Development and Small Business; Consumer Protection; Education; Energy and Telecommunications; Finance; Higher Education; Infrastructure and Capital Investment; Labor; and Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship.
Senator Robach is married to Anna (Delano). The Robachs have three children: Lindsay, Rachel and Roger. They live on Mountain Ash Drive in the Town of Greece.