For the fifth consecutive year we have successfully passed an on-time State Budget. This budget includes a significant increase in aid for Rochester and Monroe County schools, property tax relief for hard working men, women and families, and $1 billion to improve Upstate roads and bridges.
I recently had the opportunity to host George Romell, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Rochester on News & Views. George and I talked about all of the different programs and services that are offered at YMCAs throughout New York. Many thanks to everyone at the YMCA for their dedication to making our communities healthier, friendly and a better place to live.
I joined Aaron Hilger and hard working men and women from across New York to call for increased funding and investment in our state's aging transportation infrastructure like our roads and bridges. This will create good paying jobs and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
I was proud to co-sponsor a package of bills that passed the State Senate today that will protect children and our communities from sexual predators. Parts of this legislation will provide municipalities with the ability to enact local laws that strengthen sex offender restrictions, close loopholes that allow sex offenders to reside close to pre-K and kindergarten programs and prevent sex offenders from living close to elementary or high schools.
On my latest visit to News & View I discussed upcoming election issues, a variety of exciting job creating projects happening in the Rochester region and upgrades to our area's transportation infrastructure and roads.
I was recently joined by Chelsea Betterton and Sarah Heisman of Junior League of Rochester on News and Views to discuss the Trafficking Victim Protection and Justice Act. Members of Junior League were in Albany to push for support of this bill, which would help put a stop to human trafficking, something that unfortunately has become a problem in New York State.
I recently joined my colleagues on the New York State Senate Education Committee to meet with Education Commissioner John King, where I had the chance to express concerns of many of my constituents on a variety of education issues such as Common Core and high stakes testing.
Senator Joe Robach is pleased to once again invite you to his Career Fair for Business and Technical Professionals. This career fair is once again sponsored by Monroe Community College, The August Group, Angelo Planning Group, Time Warner Cable, Rochester Works! and the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group.
The 2013 Career Fair for Business and Technical Professionals will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Monroe Community College R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Monroe A & B - 1000 East Henrietta Road.
Yesterday afternoon, I joined Senators Gallivan, Marchione and Valesky, and Assemblyman Johns in hosting a public form on regulatory reform and the biotechnology industry in New York State. This public hearing was part of a 10-hearing series hosted by my colleagues of the Senate Majority Coalition to hear from industry-specific experts about the rules and regulations that are inhibiting job creation and economic growth in New York State.
On October 10, Senator Robach was a guest on News & Views to discuss Tax Relief in New York State and the benefits of the STAR Program. He also highlighted some key points of Unshackle Upstate's new Five Point Plan.
On Wednesday, July 24, Senator Robach was a guest on News & Views in Albany. In this episode, Joe discusses job creation in his hometown of Rochester and highlights from the recently completed 2013 Legislative Session.
On Wednesday, May 22nd, Senator Robach was a guest on News and Views in Albany. Watch the video to hear his discuss this week's NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame inductions, Mental Health State Aid, and Ethics Reform.
Earlier thsi week, Senator Robach inducted Ray Melens of Hilton into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. This honor is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community and their accomplishments as a civilian.
Melens enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from Greece Arcadia High School in 1968 and was sent to serve in South Vietnam. For his outstanding service while enlisted, he has earned numerous medals and honors which include: the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Unit citations and the New York State Medal for Merit.
Earlier this week, the New York State Senate passed a resolution which declared this month as Hepatitis C Awareness Month in the State of New York. Chronic viral hepatitis due to Hepatitis C has been a disease that has little or no public awareness due to its nature as being largely asymptomatic until irreversible liver damage has occurred. Hepatitis C currently infects nearly four million Americans, including an estimated 158,000 New Yorkers, and there are about 30,000 new cases and approximately 10,000 deaths each year in the United States.
On Wednesday, April 24th, the New York State Senate held its annual West Point Day to celebrate the Class of 2013 at West Point Academy. Senator Robach joined Senator Bill Larkin Jr. to discuss the importance of this annual celebration.
On April 16th, New York State Senator Joe Robach made an appearance on News and Views. He was joined by guests: Rose Feor, Outreach & Partnerships (Rochester Junior League) and Denise Murphy McGraw, NYSPAC.
Lifespan’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program (EAPP) protects New York’s most frail and vulnerable population by providing direct intervention services, public education, and training for professionals to assist victims.
Since 1998, Lifespan has intervened in thousands of elder abuse/mistreatment cases and trained more than 25,000 professionals from Buffalo to Brooklyn to recognize elder abuse and what steps to take when it is identified.
Some tragic facts concerning elder abuse:
· In NYS, more than 260,000 older adults are victims of elder abuse every year.
· Financial exploitation is the most prevalent form of abuse.