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New York State Tax Reform Press Conference

I was pleased to join my colleagues in State government and local leaders today in supporting tax reforms proposed by Governor Cuomo at last week's State of the State address. These reforms will provide needed tax relief for hardworking families, and will help attract more businesses and create more jobs for Upstate New York. This is real change that will help the New York economy continue on its path to recovery.

January 15, 2014

NY Jobs for Heroes Program

I recently had the privilege of joining my colleagues in the State Legislature and Service-Connected Disabled Veterans at the NY Jobs for Heroes Program press conference. This program will create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses in New York State. We are forever grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, providing them with this opportunity is commonsense.

January 15, 2014

Electronics Recycling Event

I'm pleased to say we had another successful electronics recycling event at the Monroe County Ecopark over the weekend. Over 700 cars came through to drop off their old TVs, VCRs, computers, laptops and other unused electronics to be properly disposed of. Thanks to Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics, Waste Management and Monroe County for partnering with me on this great event. And thanks to Boy Scout Troop 94 from the Town of Gates for all their help throughout the day.

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January 6, 2014

A Look Back at 2013

As we welcome in 2014 with excitement and anticipation, I'd like to take a minute to look back at 2013. I was fortunate to meet a lot of wonderful people and go to a lot of great events throughout the year. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a great year for the Rochester community. Here's to an even better 2014!

January 2, 2014

English Village Elementary School Donates to the Greece Clothes Closet

Students at English Village Elementary School showed their holiday spirit by donating over 100 pairs of children's pajamas to the Greece Clothes Closet. These pajamas will go to less-fortunate children in our community. Even at such a young age, these students know the importance of giving back to our community. Great job, and thanks to all who helped organize this clothing drive!

December 19, 2013

WDKX Bringing Christmas Downtown

WDKX recently held its Bringing Christmas Downtown at the Salem United Church of Christ on Bittner Street in Downtown Rochester. I was pleased to support this event by collecting winter coats, gloves and hats to be donated to needy children. Thanks to everyone at WDKX for planning this event and giving back to our community. 

December 17, 2013

Walmart Foundation Donates to Gilda's Club of Rochester

Many thanks to the Walmart Foundation for their generous $25,000 donation to Gilda's Club of Rochester. This funding will be used to help fund Gilda's nutritional cooking and education classes that teach healthy and affordable recipes to families. I applaud Walmart Foundation's community spirit and their efforts to give back to the Rochester community. 

December 13, 2013

Havana Cabana Opens at 289 Alexander Street

Havana Cabana Restaurant and Bar recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 289 Alexander Street. Located in the heart of Rochester's East End, Havana Cabana offers authentic Caribbean cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. Stop by 289 Alexander Street or check out their website,, to see their menu. Congratulations and best of luck to Matt, Jen, Trey and the entire team at Havana Cabana! 

December 11, 2013

Tops Brighton Grand Re-Opening

The Tops Friendly Market on South Clinton Avenue in the Town of Brighton held a grand re-opening ceremony to mark the completion of its renovation project. The newly renovated store will offer more specialty items, provide greater service to shoppers and an expanded pharmacy. Congratulations, here's to many more years of serving the Brighton community.

December 10, 2013

Pearl Harbor Commemoration Service

Our nation commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Saturday. I was honored to join local veterans, Veteran Organizations and three local Pearl Harbor survivors at the Rochester Yacht Club to remember those who died during this horrific attack on our nation 72 years ago. As a nation, we will never forget those who died, and those who survived, on that day and all that they have done for our freedom.

December 9, 2013

Career Fair for Business & Technical Professionals

Over 550 people came out to the Career Fair for Business & Technical Professionals at Monroe Community College yesterday afternoon. It was a great opportunity for those looking for a new job or career change to meet face-to-face with potential employers to see what they are looking for in new employees. Many thanks to MCC, Time Warner Cable, The August Group, Angelo Planning Group, Democrat & Chronicle Media Group and RochesterWorks! for partnering with my office on this helpful event. 

December 6, 2013

Wilson Magnet IB Induction Ceremony

I was pleased to recognize students being inducted in to Wilson Magnet's International Baccalaureate program last night. This great program encourages critical analysis, research skills and service as part of the learning process, and pushes students to get the most out of themselves and their education. Best of luck to all the students recently inducted in to this program and keep up the good work in the classroom!

November 26, 2013

Senator Robach Presents Vietnam Veteran with Service Medals

Congratulations to Thomas Demond for receiving the New York State Medal of Merit and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star for his service to our nation during the Vietnam War. I was honored to present Tom with both of these medals at the Baber AME Church on Sunday morning. Tom continues to serve our nation and community as Commander of the Pennington-Moye VFW Post 9251. Once again, congratulations Tom and thank you for your service to our great nation.

November 25, 2013

Hilton Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors

It was great seeing so many familiar faces at the Hilton Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors. Good food and good company made for an enjoyable evening. Thanks to Hilton Mayor Joe Lee and all who helped plan this great event.

November 19, 2013

Family Advocates of Heritage Christian Services Legislative Breakfast

I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and families and advocates of people with developmental disabilities at the annual Family Advocates Legislative Breakfast. We heard from many parents and caretakers of people with disabilities about the battle they fight every day to provide care to their loved ones. I know I will certainly continue to fight for people with developmental disabilities in Albany. 

November 15, 2013

Port of Rochester Marina Groundbreaking

With a cold breeze coming off of Lake Ontario, I joined Mayor Tom Richards and other colleagues in government to break ground at the Port of Rochester Marina project in the Charlotte community. This is an exciting project that will attract people from throughout our community to the Charlotte area. As a native of Charlotte, I know what a great community it is, and all that it has to offer for residents and visitors alike. Many thanks to all who have helped to make this project a reality. 

November 14, 2013

University Prep Modified Football

Congratulations to the University Preparatory Charter School Modified Football team on their undefeated season. I recently joined the team to celebrate their great season with a pizza party. These young men not only succeeded on the football field, they truly epitomize the term student-athlete with their dedication in the classroom. These young men are role models for their peers and fellow students throughout our community.

November 13, 2013

Visit to Neil Armstrong Elementary School

Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of speaking to the 5th grade of Neil Armstrong Elementary School in the Town of Gates about the role of State Government and my job as a State Senator. I was so impressed with the attentiveness of the students and all the great questions they had for me. Thanks to Principal McGary and  Mr. Antinelli for the invitation. 

November 13, 2013

Take a Vet to School Day

In honor of Veterans' Day, I was pleased to join Time Warner Cable, the History Channel and Brighton High School in hosting Take a Vet to School Day. This nationwide program brings our nations veterans together with students of all ages to share their stories of how they defended our great nation.

November 8, 2013

Holy Rosary Apartments Ribbon Cutting

I was pleased to join Providence Housing Development and members of our community at the ribbon cutting for the new apartment complex at the former Holy Rosary parish campus in the City of Rochester. This new affordable rental housing complex offers 35 apartments on the Holy Rosary campus and 25 newly constructed single-family homes in the Edgerton neighborhood. This truly is a great project for our community and the Edgerton neighborhood. 

To see more photos from this event, visit my Facebook page.

November 6, 2013
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