Joseph E. Robach's posts related to Military Affairs

Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals, Additional Legislation to Support Veterans

The New York State Senate Monday passed legislation (S.3901) that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.



This legislation is part of a package of Veterans bills that was passed by the Senate Monday. 



In addition, the Senate passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families.



Honor Flight Makes First 2011 Trip

On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back local Veterans following the first Honor Flight of 2011 at the Greater Rochester International Airport. 48 World War II veterans made the trip to Washington D.C. and visited the memorial built to honor all those who fought in that war. For more information on Honor Flight, visit

Senator Robach Nominates Ken Moore For Induction Into Veterans' Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, June 14th, Ken Moore was inducted to the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. Senator Robach had the privilege to nominate Ken for this honor. Here is a short bio on Ken. Congratulations to Ken and all of this year's inductees!Ken Moore United States Army, Combat Infantry, VietnamUnited States Army, Sergeant First ClassVietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20, President Ken Moore has spent his life dedicated to protecting and honoring our military personnel.  

Senator Robach Congratulates Ken Moore on HOF Induction

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to welcome local veteran Ken Moore to Albany for induction to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. I had the honor to nominate Ken for his dedicated service to our country. Congratulations to all of this year's inductees and thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. You can read more about Ken by clicking here,

Legislature Gives Final Approval to Bills Limiting Military Funeral Protests

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.


Welcoming Home Veterans From Honor Flight

On Sunday, September 18th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back World War II veterans from their Honor Flight to Washington D.C. It is always an honor to meet with the brave men and women who have given so much to fight for our Country. You can find out for information about Honor Flight Rochester by visiting their website at

Hilton Veterans Day Celebration

On Wednesday, November 9th, Hilton held its Veterans Day ceremony, which included the dedication of the Veterans Wall at Hilton Town Hall. Over 300 students from elementary and middle schools around Hilton attended this event. Also, U.S. Army Sgt. David Earl Lemcke of Hilton returned home. Veterans, emergency personnel, and members of the community welcomed home Lemcke more than 40 years after he was killed serving our Country. Calling hours will be held on Friday. Saturday, his funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. at First Bible Baptist Church on Manitou Road.

Celebrating Veterans Day in Rochester

Earlier on this Veterans Day, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at, and take part in, a ceremony at The Blue Cross Arena at Rochester War Memorial. Senator Robach was honored to present the wreath on behalf of the Town of Greece with Supervisor John Auberger. It was great to meet so many of our veterans that live in our community. Thank you again to all the men and women who have served our country, and continue to do so today.

Trees for the Troops From Grossmans

On Friday, December 2nd, I had the privilege to kick off Trees for Troops weekend at Grossmans Garden and Home. Grossmans Garden & Home is partnering for a second year with the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx to participate in the nationwide Trees for Troops Program. GGH is the only retail in Monroe Country to have a FedEx Trailer on site for the the weekend. After purchasing a tree, families may also load the newly donated tree directly on the truck (with the help of a Grossmans team member) to be given to a local military family. Imagine seeing the kids 'light up' and enjoy the opportunity to put that fresh tree on that huge truck!

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.