Joseph E. Robach's posts related to Higher Education

Senator Robach Rallies Behind R.I.T. Hockey

On Tuesday, April 6, the Rochester Insitute of Technology hosted a rally for the Tigers men's hockey team. R.I.T. will play in the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time at the division one level. The Tigers face Wisconsin on Thursday, April 8 at 5:00 in Detroit with a berth in Saturday's National Championship Game at stake. To follow the Tigers at the Frozen Four, you can click here.

Polisseni Track & Field Complex Groundbreaking

On Friday, October 8th, St. John Fisher College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Polisseni Track & Field Complex. The College is adding an eight-lane, 400-meter competition track with a grass infield. Components will be installed in the infield for shot put, pole vault, and long jump events. In addition, there will be bleacher seating for approximately 1,000 people, with locker rooms for the student-athletes and public restrooms.

Senator Robach Welcomes Bryant and Stratton College to Albany

On Tuesday, March 8th, Senator Robach met with representatives from Bryant and Stratton College in Rochester at his Albany Legislative Office regarding TAP (tuition assistance program).


Senator Robach pictured with representatives from Bryant and Stratton College, including Andrea Lenney, Natasha Fite, Marie D'Alessandro, Jennifer Smith, Ted Barclift, Marc Ambrosi, Steven Lingard, and Rob Ferrell.

R.I.T. Breaks Ground for Golisano Institute for Sustainability

On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach spoke at, and took part in, a groundbreaking ceremony at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The school broke ground on the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The building will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach and will provide a showcase for green construction and design. RIT received a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Construction Grant Program for the facility and $10 million in funding from the state of New York to assist with construction.

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



Golisano Institute for Sustainability Tour

(Rochester, N.Y.) - Recently, I had the privilege to join R.I.T. president Bill Destler on a tour to see the progress of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on the campus of R.I.T. The new headquarters of the GIS will house students beginning in September. For more information on studies available at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, visit

Rochester Educational Opportunity Center Opens

(Rochester, N.Y.) - On Thursday, July 19th, I had the privilege to speak at, and take part in, the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC). The new state-of-the-art building includes modern classrooms, a healthcare lab, a cosmetology salon, and a bistro. For more information on what is offered at REOC, visit

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. 


College at Brockport Breaks Ground on Liberal Arts Building

On Tuesday, August 21st, I had the privilege to speak at, and help break ground at, a ceremony to mark the start of construction on a new liberal arts building at The College at Brockport. The new building will be over 60,000 square feet and located to the east of Drake Memorial Library. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, with a projected cost of over $29 million. It is the first new academic building on the campus in 40 years and will house the departments of English, history, modern languages and cultures, philosophy, and women and gender studies. Funding for the project is coming from the SUNY educational facilities five year capital plan, which I am proud to support.

Empire State College Announces Agreement for New Brighton Campus

I was pleased to join Dean Franz, Assemblyman Joe Morelle, and others today to announce the agreed upon location of Empire State College in Brighton on property currently owned by the state, located on Westfall Road. Empire State College is an important part of SUNY, allowing adult-learners and people in the work force to have flexible curriculums in pursuit of their professional degrees.