Senator Joseph Robach held a ceremony this afternoon with County Executive Maggie Brooks to recognize the 26 students and 20 employers who participated in the second annual RochesterWorks! Digital Afternoons Program. Digital Afternoons is an innovative job-readiness program that trains high school students in technology and business and provides them with paid summer internships at local companies. Brooks launched the program in 2005. Senator Robach secured a $45,000 State grant for the program this year. Brooks and Robach were also joined by representatives of RochesterWorks!
Senator Robach and the Rochester Senate delegation today awarded $500,000 in New York state funds to equip and renovate the projection booth of the historic Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House. For 55 years the Dryden Theatre has been the sole exhibition space for the George Eastman House’s unique collection of more than 28,000 motion picture titles dating from 1895 to present day. The current projectors of the Dryden Theatre booth are the original ones installed in 1951, when the theater opened its doors.
Senator Robach today launched a registration effort for Purple Heart Medal recipients of the Monroe County for induction in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. The Hall itself is slated to open this November in Vails Gate, Orange County.
"Athletes, actors and musicians have countless halls of fame and other venues to celebrate their accomplishments. Now, I am happy to report, heroes of a higher order will also have a hall in their honor," said Senator Joseph Robach.
Senator Robach today attended the Summit Federal Credit Union Brighton ribbon cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new full-service Brighton Branch. The new branch is located at 1900 Clinton Avenue South in the Tops Brighton Plaza.
The ceremony was hosted by Michael Vadala, President and CEO of The Summit, Board Chairman, Jeffrey Peters as well as other Summit Board Members and guests.
Senator Joe Robach today announced that he will be hosting a special NASCAR exhibit from Watkins Glen International raceway featuring an authentic stock car and racing simulator at the upcoming Monroe County Fair.
The exhibit celebrates the 20th Anniversary of NASCAR racing at Watkins Glen International and continues the Senators’ efforts to raise awareness about the NASCAR Foundation, which supports a wide range of worthy causes such as enriching the lives of chronically ill children, expanding literacy, encouraging bone marrow donation, and fighting cancer.
Senator Joe Robach today announced that Carolyn Stiffler of Greece has been selected as a 2006 NYS Senate "Woman of Distinction". She will be honored today at a ceremony in Albany.
"I am proud to honor Carolyn Stiffler as a Woman of Distinction and prouder still of the recognition she has earned from her neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of our community," said Senator Robach.
Carolyn currently resides in the Town of Greece and has been bringing Homes and Families together since 1989.
Senator Joe Robach today announced $250,000 in State funding for the new Rochester General Hospital Dialysis Unit.
The outpatient dialysis unit, which will relocate from its current space in the Medical Office Building adjacent to Rochester General, will afford greater convenience and accessibility for patients, along with a host of additional comforts. Patients will now be able to park at street level when arriving for appointments, avoiding parking garages and elevators that had been part of their prior travel requirements.
Senator Robach announced today that the State Senate and Assembly gave final legislative approval to legislation to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the sales taxes on gasoline. The bill would cap the State sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate. The gas tax cap would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump.
The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline is reaching out to New Yorkers asking them to urge their loved ones to get mammograms.
"Around Mother’s Day we remind women about the importance of getting mammograms once a year, doing breast self exam and having their breasts examined regularly by a medical professional," says Hillary Rutter, the director of the breast cancer program.
Senator Robach’s first bill adopted today (S.1613-A) would create stronger penalties for drunk drivers who severely injure or kill people while driving while intoxicated by establishing the crimes of “Aggravated Vehicular Assault,” a class C felony, and “Vehicular Murder,” a class B felony.
The Senate also unanimously passed Senator Robach’s legislation (S.3418) that would enhance the e
Senator Robach announced today that he has secured a $1 million grant for The Gleason Works, a gear manufacturer located in the City of Rochester, as part of a private and public investment package that will keep the company in the community. Gleason Works is one of Rochester’s oldest manufacturing companies.
Senator Joe Robach today called on his colleagues in the State Assembly to pass Assembly Bill A10289 (Reilly) which provides a partial tax exemption on motor fuel and diesel motor fuel. Specifically, this legislation would cap the sales tax on gasoline at a taxable value of $2 per gallon.
The Senate’s version of the bill, S5968, sponsored by Senator Robach, passed the State Senate on January 31, 2006 and was delivered to the State Assembly on that day.
Senator Joe Robach, Senator George Maziarz and Senator Jim Alesi today announced that the adopted state budget contains $15 million in aid to assist in the construction of a new student recreation center/multipurpose fieldhouse at SUNY Brockport.
"The new fieldhouse project will enable the Brockport campus to be competitive with other SUNY campuses around the state," said Senator Maziarz, whose district includes Brockport.
Senator Joe Robach announced today that the Rochester City School District will receive an approximately $32.5 million increase within the 2006-2007 budget agreement reached by the New York State Legislature. This amount represents a 9.85% increase over the aid the district received in 2005-2006. Also, roughly $6.3 million will go to fund school nurses in the City School District.
"I am absolutely ecstatic to announce this historic State funding increase for the Rochester City School District," stated Robach.
Senator Robach and his Senate and Assembly colleagues in the Rochester Delegation have secured $36 million in this year’s State budget for the Renaissance Square Project in the City of Rochester.
Renaissance Square will be a significant economic investment in the heart of downtown Rochester that will include a performing arts center, a downtown campus for Monroe Community College - Damon City Campus - and a transit center.
Senator Robach announced today a historic local aid agreement for the City of Rochester. After long, arduous debate centering on concentration of poverty, crime and other social indicators, an agreement was reached that will give Rochester a 33% increase in State aid.
Through Robach and the delegation’s efforts, Rochester finally moved closer to its long-standing goal to receive aid more in line with that of comparable cities in the State. Currently, Rochester gets about $271 per resident compared with $433 for Buffalo, $415 for Yonkers and $368 for Syracuse.
Senator Joe Robach today announced that the 2006-07 state budget agreed upon by the Assembly and Senate includes a $2,939,709 increase in state aid for the city, towns, and villages in Monroe County to help ease the pressure of local property taxes. In addition to the historic 33% increase to the City of Rochester, localities in Monroe County will receive a total increase in state aid of $489,226.
All villages and towns will receive an increase of 20 percent.
Senator Joe Robach announced today that Governor Pataki signed contract disclosure legislation (S.6479) which he sponsored in the New York State Senate. This new law will require state agencies to report and disclose information about consulting contracts to the public.
"I am glad that we have been able to pass this important legislation into law that will provide the public with full disclosure on how their money is being spent on projects in their community and throughout New York State" stated Senator Robach.
Senator Joe Robach announced today the passage of a resolution in the New York State Senate honoring the one year anniversary of the opening of Ronald McDonald House Within Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial.