Joseph E. Robach's Press releases

Community Connection for Week Ending February 12th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, the Senate passes legislation to increase safety for children riding school buses, Nikko Restaurant opens in Rochester, and upcoming events around the 56th Senate District. Click the link below to download a full-screen version to read.

February 10, 2012
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Senate Passes School Bus Safety Bills

Bills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical

 

The New York State Senate yesterday passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.

 

A bill was passed, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A). The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

This legislation would make the penalties for passing a stopped school bus multiple times the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.

February 7, 2012
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New York State Celebrates Giants’ Super Bowl Victory with Championship License Plate

Super Bowl XLVI Plate Commemorates Victory

 

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory license plate to honor the championship team.

 

The plate, available for both passenger and commercial vehicles registered in New York, features the NFL Giants' Big Blue NY logo with the words "Super Bowl XLVI Champions" as well as the official Super Bowl XLVI logo. An image of the custom license plate is available at: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/GiantsSBXLVIb.jpg

 

February 6, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending February 5th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, expanding the DNA databank in New York State, upcoming events around the community in the week ahead, and CrimeStoppers announces new partnerships and a fundraising campaign. You can download a full-screen version by clicking on the PDF link below.

February 3, 2012
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Senator Robach Introduces Bill to Protect Kodak Retiree Health Care

Legislation would provide safety net in the event retiree health benefits are eliminated

Eastman Kodak’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month has prompted much uncertainty for employees and retirees of the company. To try to mitigate these fears, Senator Robach joined with Assemblyman Reilich and Brighton Securities last week to host an informational forum which addressed potential implications Kodak’s bankruptcy may have on employees, retirees, vendors and local municipalities.  The one concern heard over again, which there was no clear answer to, was the potential fate of health benefits for retirees. 

February 3, 2012
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Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion Bill

Bill Would Enact Governor’s Proposal To Include Misdemeanors

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.

 

January 31, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending January 29th, 2012

In this week's issue: highlights of this week's session in Albany, Burke & Bannayan Jewelers celebrates the opening of their newly relocated store in Greece, and some of the upcoming events in the week ahead. Click on the pdf link below to download a full-screen version.

January 27, 2012
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Statement on Xerox Expansion

“I applaud Xerox on their commitment to the Rochester area and their planned expansion, which will bring hundreds of jobs to our community. In this difficult economic time, it is always positive to see companies expand, continue their growth, and create new jobs for our region.”

January 26, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.

 

“Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop. Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

 

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

 

January 24, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending January 22nd, 2012

In this week's issue, a review of the Governor's 2012-2013 Executive Budget Address and how to have your voice heard, visiting with seniors at School of the Arts, and some of the events taking place around the district in the week ahead.

January 20, 2012
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Community Meeting on Kodak Bankruptcy in Town of Greece

I am proud to support this community meeting, being held by Brighton Securities, regarding Kodak, and its recent filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. For details, and how to register, please see the flyer below. You may also download a version of the flyer (PDF format) by clicking on the link below.

January 20, 2012
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Information for Constituents Regarding Kodak Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

This area will provide information for constituents regarding Eastman Kodak and their recent announcement that the company has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection. While my office can not answer specific questions regarding an individual's case, we can provide information where employees, retirees, and family can direct those questions to. This webpage will also provide news, statements, and on-going events and programs to help our community through this difficult time.

Senator Joe Robach Introduces Bill To Protect Kodak Retiree Health Care

Legislation would provide safety net in the event retiree health benefits are eliminated

 

January 20, 2012
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Senator Robach Statement on Eastman Kodak Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

“I hope Kodak’s recent financial status and restructuring will move the company to beneficially assist the remaining employees and the many retirees in our region. While facing these difficult times, Kodak is still very important to many people and families in our community. I, and my colleagues in every level of government, stand ready to assist Kodak, its employees, and its retirees during this transformation.”

 

-New York State Senator Joe Robach

56th Senate District

 

January 19, 2012
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Veterans Federal Career Opportunities Seminar

VETERANS FEDERAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES ORIENTATION PROGRAM

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

January 18, 2012
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Governor Launches New Interactive Website

NYGetInvolved.com will Bring New Yorkers Together to Learn about the Governor's Agenda and to Help Inform the Public about the Latest on Key Initiatives

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a new interactive website as part of his campaign to build a new New York. The website – www.NYGetInvolved.com – will bring New Yorkers together to learn about the Governor's agenda and to help inform the public about the latest on key initiatives.

January 18, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending January 15th, 2012

In this week's issue, some of the great events taking place as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Rochester Arc & Flame opens in Rochester, and other events taking place around our community in the week ahead. As always, click on the link below to read this week's issue in full-screen.

January 13, 2012
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Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning Receives Funding to Support Testing

The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning (CPLP) recently announced a $21,000 grant from the Monroe Plan for Medical Care is supporting bi-monthly lead testing events at the Jordan Health Link, 273 Upper Falls Blvd.

Here are the testing dates and times:

Tuesday 01/12/12     1-5pm

Thursday 01/24/12    9am-Noon

Thursday 02/09/12    1-5pm

Tuesday 02/21/12      9am-Noon

Thursday 03/08/12     1-5pm

Tuesday 03/20/12       9am-Noon

You can also download a PDF version of the scheduled by clicking on the download link below.

For more information, please go to www.letsmakeleadhistory.org, or call (585) 224-3125.

January 10, 2012
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Senate Passes Iran Divestment Legislation

The New York State Senate yesterday gave final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.

The Iran Divestment Act of 2012 (S5917A) was modeled after similar legislation in California and conceived with help from the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

January 10, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending January 8th, 2012

A Happy New Year to you and your entire family! Here is the first Community Connection for 2012. In this week's issue, information regarding 2011 Income Tax Forms, Skylark opens in Rochester, and some of the events coming up this week around the 56th Senate District. Click the link below to read this week's edition in full-screen.

January 6, 2012
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