Senator Joe Robach today urged parents, educators and concerned citizens of New York State to boycott a video game called "25 to Life" which rewards the video gamer for killing cops and using pedestrians as human shields.
"I have a big problem with a video game that awards the gamer points to kill police officers in order to move up in stature within their ‘crime gang’," said Senator Joe Robach.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would hold violent criminals accountable for their actions by closing a loophole that allows them to escape prosecution and punishment for their crimes after five years.
Legislation (S.5342) passed by the Senate today, sponsored by Senator Dean Skelos (R, Rockville Centre), would eliminate the statute of limitations period in criminal cases where the identity of the offender is established by means of DNA evidence.
Senator Joseph Robach announced today the passage of a bill he sponsored, S4649, that would help improve local child protective services investigations. Specifically, this bill would allow caseworkers access to criminal history reports of those individuals residing with children alleged or suspected to be abused, maltreated, or neglected.
New York State Child Protective Service workers, who do not have arrest authority, are virtually defenseless and at risk when responding to alleged complaints of child abuse.
The New York State Senate passed a bill today, S5968, sponsored by Senator Robach that would place a cap on the State and local sales taxes on gasoline, saving consumers about $240 million annually.
Specifically, this legislation would cap the State and local sales tax on gasoline at a taxable value of $2 per gallon. The cap would save motorists an estimated $120 million annually in State sales taxes. If all localities participate and gas prices stay at about $2.60 per gallon, the plan would generate another $120 million in savings for a total of $240 million.
Senator Joseph Robach will provide federal and state tax forms in both office locations - 2300 West Ridge Road and 2340 Monroe Avenue. The office will have all the basic forms, schedules and instructions but will not be providing publications.
For those needing federal tax publications, hard copies can be picked up at the IRS building located on 255 East Avenue. New York State publications can be obtained at the New York State Department of Taxation on 340 East Main Street. Publications and tax forms can also be downloaded online at www.irs.gov and www.nystax.gov.
Senator Joseph Robach announced today the unanimous passage of a bill he sponsored, S1619, that will strengthen the state penal law regarding sex offenders who are found guilty of another offense during their probation time. With this change in the law, these offenders would now have to serve consecutive sentences rather than concurrent sentences.
"Sexual crimes against children are amongst the worst crimes committed in our community", said Senator Robach. "We must ensure that sex offenders are put behind bars for the entire time they deserve.
Senator Joe Robach and Greece Supervisor John Auberger today announced a $350,000 state grant to assist with the construction of the Greece Community and Senior Center at the Town Hall campus.
The grant obtained by Senator Robach will be used to assist with construction cost of the center, purchasing equipment for the senior lounge and the transportation infrastructure at the Town Hall campus.
"I was happy to secure this funding for our soon to be completed state of the art center," stated Senator Robach. "This new facility will be an important asset to our community.
Senator Joe Robach and members of the Senate Majority Conference announced that the Senate will act today on legislation (S.6019) requiring the lifetime registration of sex offenders and prevent sexual predators from coming off the State sex offender registry later this month.
Currently, most sex offenders are only required to register for ten years.
Senator Joe Robach secured $20,000 in State funds for the purchase, lettering and insurance of a passanger/cargo van for the National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York. Prior to the purchase of the van, the NKF of Upstate New York did not own a vehicle and relied on public transportation, which often was unable to meet their needs.
A personal income tax reduction that will save New York taxpayers almost $1 billion, an expansion and reform of the state’s lobbying laws, and a measure to bring New York State into compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA), highlight the list of new State laws that will take effect on January 1, 2006.
Personal Income Tax Reductions
A tax reduction that will save New York taxpayers nearly $1 billion will go into effect on January 1, 2006.
State Senator Joseph Robach today announced the induction of Gary Beikirch, a local Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, as among one of the first members of the newly established New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.The first-of-its-kind online Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community and significant accomplishments as a civilian.
In recognition of National Disabilities Employment Awareness month in October, Senator Robach participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new company that employs developmentally disabled adults.
Lifetime Assistance, Inc. officially opened its newest venture, CSS (Classified Shredding Services) on Wednesday, October 26, 2005. Classified Shredding Services will provide secure, confidential shredding services to small and large companies throughout Western New York.
Senator Robach announced that the State DOT signal crews activated a new 3-color traffic light at the intersection of Latta Road (Rt. 18) and Brandy Brook Lane today in the company of local residents and a host of other elected officials.
I would like to inform you and your students about an upcoming essay and fine arts contest honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.
New York State schools are invited to submit student essays and artwork based on Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence. The categories are writing, painting, drawing, sculpting and photography. All entries received will be placed on display for viewing one week prior to the King Observance on January 16, 2006 in Albany, New York at the Empire State Plaza.
The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.3417) that would provide a tax check-off box on personal income tax and corporate franchise tax returns for gifts to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.
The World Trade Center Memorial honors those lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The State has established the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation to raise additional funds for the construction and operation of this historic memorial.
In response to the large amount of calls from constituents, Senator Robach is reminding Rochester area residents that New York State has a Gasoline Price Gouging Hotline that residents can call to report suspected gas price gouging.
"I’ve been approached by numerous constituents expressing their concern and dismay over the rate of gasoline price increases and many people feel they are being taken advantage of," said Senator Robach.
Senator Robach today announced constituents can assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi by making cash donations to voluntary relief organizations.
According to the federal government, cash donations are the most helpful to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states because it allows volunteer agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs.
Senator Robach today announced a new law that will require prescription drug prices to be posted online to give consumers easy access to the drug price list, allowing them to electronically comparison shop for prescription drugs on the Internet and help senior citizens save money.
The previous law required pharmacies to produce a weekly updated prescription drug price list and make copies available to consumers.
Senator Robach announced today that the Governor signed a campaign finance reform bill that will extend computerized disclosure requirements to local races and improve public access to campaign finance records.
"Computerizing local records will enable the public to have better access to campaign finance records as well as state board of elections to better monitor and enforce campaign contribution limits" stated Senator Robach.
Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Mary Angerame and Dr. Ruth Scott with the 2005 Senate Woman of Distinction Award on Tuesday as a part of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony in Albany.
"This award ceremony is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Mary Angerame’s tireless work to improve health care for children, families and those affected by serious and terminal illness and Dr. Scott’s long and distinguished record of community service as an educator, a political leader, a banker and a consultant," Robach said.