Joseph E. Robach's Press releases

Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, August 19th

In this week's Community Connection, my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive wraps up, the Greece Public Library unveils its latest renovations, and some of the upcoming events around the area in the week ahead. As always, you can read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view by clicking on the link below.

August 17, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, August 12th

In this week's Community Connection, wrapping up the 2012 Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive, upcoming events in our Community, and looking back at National Night Out. To view this week's Community Connection in full-screen, click on the link below.

August 10, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, August 5th

In this week's Community Connection, Governor Cuomo signs three pieces of legislation, that I was proud to sponsor, into law; upcoming events around our community; and youth get a send-off at a Rochester fire station before 'Burn Camp 2012'. As always, you can click the link below to read this week's community connection in full-screen.  

August 3, 2012
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University of Rochester Unveils Supercomputer

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and local officials today cut the ribbon to unveil one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers for health research, which will be housed at the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI) in Rochester. The HSCCI is a $100 million partnership with the University of Rochester and IBM dedicated to applying high performance computing solutions to the nation’s health challenges. Last year, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council chose the HSCCI as one of its priority projects and received $5 million in state funds for its completion. 

August 3, 2012
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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
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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
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, July 29th

(Rochester, NY) - In this week's Community Connection, an update on the Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive, upcoming events around the community, and the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority opens its new administration building. As always, you can view this week's Community Connection in full screen by clicking on the link below.

July 26, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, July 22nd

In this week's Community Connection, details regarding whooping cough cases on the rise in New York State, upcoming events around the community in the week ahead, and California Rollin' expands their restaurant at Village Gate. As always, you can view this week's Community Connection in full screen by clicking on the link below.

July 20, 2012
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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
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, July 15th

In this week's Community Connection, details regarding the Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive; upcoming events around the community; looking back at the Fourth of July Brighton Memorial Stone dedication. Click on the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen.

July 12, 2012
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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

Backpacks
Pens (blue and black)
Rulers and protractors
Lined paper and pads
Composition paper
Folders
Post-it-notes
Basic calculator
Glue sticks
Highlighters

 

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
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Community Connection for Week Ending July 1st, 2012

In this week's July 4th-themed Community Connection, facts about Independence Day, events around the community on Wednesday to celebrate Independence Day, and Tops Supermarket reopens in Hilton. Click on the link below to view this week's community connection in full screen.

June 29, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation to Improve Workplace Training for Women

The New York State Senate today announced legislative passage to a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), that would expand workforce assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying careers. Senator Robach was joined by Jean Carroll, CEO of YWCA of Greater Rochester and Monroe County.

 

“Women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, yet working women earn 80 percent of what men earn and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs that predominantly employ men,” Senator Robach said. “Expanding the state’s workforce training, counseling and referral efforts to help women get higher paying jobs will help women and their families.”

 

June 26, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending June 24th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, session wraps up for 2012, upcoming events around the area in the week ahead, and celebrating the end of the 2011-2012 school year at Quest Elementary School in Hilton. Click on the link below to view this week's Community Connection in full-screen.

June 22, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation Authorizing City of Rochester School District To Require Kindergarten Attendance

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7519), sponsored by Senator Robach, which authorizes the City of Rochester School District to require minors age five to attend kindergarten.

“Rochester City School District currently provides children a full day kindergarten program in keeping with the numerous studies documenting the educational benefit and related long-term success of early quality education,” said Senator Joe Robach. “Unfortunately, too many kindergarten children are absent from school during the year, leaving them without the benefit of this educational experience.”

June 22, 2012
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2012 Legislative Session Highlights

SUMMARY OF 2012 SENATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION**Note: PBH = Bill passed both houses**2012-2013 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET            For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieved the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.  Highlights include: STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT 

June 22, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Improve Workforce Training for Women

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), that would expand workforce assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying careers.

 

            “Women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, yet working women earn 80 percent of what men earn and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs that predominantly employ men,” Senator Robach said.  “Expanding the state’s workforce training, counseling and referral efforts to help women get higher paying jobs will help women and their families.”

 

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Reform New York's Care of People with Special Needs and Disabilities

Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers

The New York State Senate today passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Cyberbullying

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), that would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The legislation clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-cyberbullying law enacted in 2010 and creates guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.

This comprehensive measure includes within the definitions of bullying and cyberbullying verbal and non-verbal actions, whether on or off school property, which create a risk of substantial disruption of the school environment.

June 19, 2012
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"Cool Sweep" for City Residents

Cool Sweep is the City’s annual public safety and customer service program to help city residents who have limited opportunities to find relief from summer heat. Cool Sweep kicks off once schools let out for summer recess. A Cool Sweep operation is triggered when the forecast calls for a day to reach 85 degrees.

 

Cool Sweep hours are normally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The operation employs the use of a cooling spray from fire hydrants and extended hours at City pools and Durand Eastman Beach. The use of City spray parks and pools in certain city high schools are also available to the public.

 

When hot summer days creep in make sure to watch the news and check the newspaper for a possible Cool Sweep day announcement from Mayor Richards.

June 19, 2012
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