Joseph E. Robach's Press releases

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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Community Connection for Week Ending June 17th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection: the Senate passes legislation regarding body piercing received by people under the age of 18, upcoming events around the area, and a recap of the Greece Relay for Life. You can view this week's Community Connection in full-screen by clicking on the link below.

June 14, 2012
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Senate Passes Robach Legislation Requiring Parental Permission For Body Piercing

Anyone Under 18 Would Need Parent’s Approval Before Receiving Any Non Ear-Piercing The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7446) which would require parent or guardian consent for unemancipated persons who wish to receive body piercings. This would be for piercing of any part of the body, other than the ears.

“I think this will be very consistent with existing law, and something that will be supported by parents across the state.  As body piercings can often result in infection and a permanent scar, it seems logical that parents should be in involved in the decision,” said Senator Robach.

June 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Domestic Violence Legislation

Bill Represents Three-Way Agreement

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.

 

The bill (S7638), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly. It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.

 

Highlights of the domestic violence legislation include the following:

June 12, 2012
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Senate Passes “I-STOP” to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate today passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.

 

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

 

June 12, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending June 10, 2012

In this week's Community Connection: the 2012 Concerts by the Shore season opened up this past week, get a preview of what is coming up this summer at the popular Wednesday night free concert series, upcoming events around our community, and a local students is awarded a scholarship from the New York State Italian American Legislator Conference. As always, you can read this week's community connection in full-screen by clicking on the link below.

June 8, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending June 3rd, 2012

In this week's Community Connection: details on the New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan, which passed the Senate earlier this week, upcoming events around the community, and Monroe County opens its second dog park. You can read this week's community connection in full-screen by clicking on the link below.

June 1, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill Waiving 24 Hour Waiting Period For Military Members to Get Marrie

    The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.490), sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, that waives the 24-hour waiting period for military members to get married after receiving a marriage license. This would apply to military members who are scheduled for deployment in less than 30 days. “Given the sacrifice, coupled with the unique circumstances of active veterans, we feel this bill will better accommodate the requests of some of our brave men and women in the military with their personal and family lives,” said Senator Robach. “This is one small favor we can do to accommodate their time frame.”    

May 31, 2012
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Senate Passes New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan

On Wednesday, May 30th, The New York State Senate passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive. 

 

May 31, 2012
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Community Connection for week ending May 27th

In this week's Community Connection, Memorial Day facts and history, honoring the Fedele Family for their service to our Country, and events around the community to celebrate Memorial Day. As always, you can view this week's Community Connection in full-screen by clicking the link below. Have a happy Memorial Day weekend!

May 25, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending May 20, 2012

In this week's Community Connection: details regarding the 2012 College Affordability Plan proposed by the Senate this week, upcoming events througout the community, and Seneca Park Zoo opens a new exhibit. As always, you can view this week's Community Connection in full-screen by clicking the link below.

May 18, 2012
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College Affordability Plan Proposed

Making College Affordable for Middle Class Families Through:

Increased Tuition Tax Breaks; Lower Student Loan Interest Rates;

Tuition Pre-Payment; Truth-in-Lending for Student Loans

 

May 15, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending May 13, 2012

In this week's Mother's Day-festive Community Connection, details regarding Wednesday's Career Fair and Networking Event at Monroe Community College, other upcoming events around the community in the week ahead, and Your Pharmacy opens on Joseph Avenue. Click on the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen.

May 11, 2012
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New York State Senate Passes Bill To Protect Kodak Retiree Health Care

 

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robach would provide safety net

 in the event retiree health benefits are eliminated

 

Rochester, NY - Eastman Kodak’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year has prompted much uncertainty for employees and retirees of the company. If Kodak eliminates health benefits for retirees, those who have not yet reached the age of 65 (when they qualify for Medicare) will be left uninsured. 

 

May 8, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending May 6, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, the State legislature passes legislation to protect our children, planting a tree to honor a Greece couple on Arbor Day, and upcoming events around the community in the week ahead. As always, you can view the Community Connection in full screen by clicking the link below.

May 4, 2012
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2012 Concerts by the Shore Schedule

Rochester, NY - Here is the 2012 Wegmans Concerts by the Shore schedule. You can download a PDF version by clicking on the link below. Concerts by the Shore starts each week at 7:00, with the exception of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.

May 3, 2012
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