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Eliminating the GEA

I joined my colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority yesterday to call to end the GEA, which has hurt our local schools since it implemented a few years ago. By eliminating the GEA, we can restore critical funding to our schools and ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. I am proud to continue to fight for Upstate equality in school funding, especially for Rochester and Monroe County.

February 11, 2015
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Reading at Autumn Lane Elementary School

I had fun reading "The Book With No Pictures" to students at Autumn Lane Elementary School this morning. Despite the snow and the cold, the students were excited listen to the book and share their favorite parts about it!

February 6, 2015
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Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances

Senate Standing Committee on Transportaion Chair: Senator Joseph E. Robach Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment Chair: Senator Carl L Marcellino Public Hearing: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits, stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services, and discuss funding options for the Capital Plan. Place: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room A , Albany, NY Time: 10:30 A.M. Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390 Media Contact: Kathy Wilson 516 922-1811, Steve Barz 585-225-3650 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation  Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair  10:30 AM, Tuesday, February 10, 2015  Room 804 LOB

February 10, 10:30 AM - 10:36 AM
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Visiting with Students at Merton Williams Middle School

I enjoyed visiting with 7th grade students at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton earlier today. The students came prepared with great questions and were ready to learn all about state government! Thanks to 7th grade student Charlotte Wright and teacher Mr. Sorenson for inviting me to visit their class. 

February 5, 2015
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Highlights from the Harlem Globetrotters Game!

On Friday night, I joined the underdog Washington Generals on a "one-day" contract in their attempt to upset the Harlem Globetrotters in front of a great crowd at the Blue Cross Area. Unfortunately we came up short in overtime, despite my 4 points and solid defense. My sincere thanks to the Globetrotters and the Generals for giving me the opportunity to showcase my basketball skills and fulfill a lifelong dream!

To see more pictures from my professional basketball debut, click here!

February 2, 2015
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Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning Opens New Headquarters

I was pleased to help Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning open its new headquarters on Holleder Parkway in the City of Rochester. This 70,000 square foot facility will better accommodate the Isaac employees, and allow them to better serve their customers. Congratulations to everyone at Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, I wish you continued success!

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January 29, 2015
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January 26, 2015
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Arc of Monroe Expands Job Path Program

I was pleased to join the Arc of Monroe as they announced exciting details to expand their successful Culinary Career Prep, which is part of its Job Path Program. This program trains individuals for a career in the food services industry by providing them with classroom and hands-on training. Way to go Arc of Monroe!

January 23, 2015
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Mary Cariola Children's Center Opens New Residence

I was pleased to join Mary Cariola Children's Center to help them celebrate the completion of its latest residence center on East River Road. This new home will provide a safe and caring living environment to its six residents and the staff working there. Congratulations to everyone at Mary Cariola Center!

January 16, 2015
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Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment
Chair: Senator Carl Marcellino
and Senate Standing Committee on Transportation
Chair: Senator Joseph Robach
Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To
examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and
stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390
Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811, Steve Barz (585) 225-3650
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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New York State Senate Swearing-In Ceremony

I was humbled to be sworn-in to my latest term in the New York State Senate as part of the Republican Majority Conference. I consider it an honor and privilege to represent the 56th Senate District, and look forward to continuing to be a strong voice for our community at the State Capitol. Let's continue building on our recent successes of on-time budgets, lowering taxes for the hard working men and women of our state and improving the business climate for all New Yorkers! Once again, thank you for your support over the years. 

January 8, 2015
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Lake Shore Fire District Swearing In Ceremony

I was honored to help swear in new District Officers and Volunteer Firefighters of the Lake Shore Fire District in the Town of Greece. We are truly grateful for the service these dedicated men and women provide in keeping our community safe by volunteering their time and support to the Lake Shore Fire District. 

January 6, 2015
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Supporting the Hilton Education Foundation Fundraiser

Many thanks to Hilton High School student Faith Thomas for decorating a patriotic pig to help raise funds for the Hilton Education Foundation's Cadet Cupboard. This pig is on display in my office during December and January, and will be auctioned off at Hilton Education Foundation's annual Comedy Night on Saturday, January 24. This is a fun way for Hilton students to help out and give back to their community. Stop by my office to make your donation today!

December 18, 2014
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Delivering Hats and Gloves to Students at Wilson Academy

I was pleased to help hand out new winter hats and gloves to pre-K and Kindergarten students at the Wilson Foundation Academy recently. The items were graciously donated by my good friend Yolanda Culver, and will help keep these students warm this winter season.

December 18, 2014
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Bivona Child Advocacy Center Breaks Ground

What an exciting day for Bivona Child Advocacy Center and its local partners as they broke ground on their new home at One Mt Hope Avenue in the City of Rochester. This is an incredible project that will renovate one of the oldest commercial buildings in our community, and will benefit everyone at Bivona and their partners. Congratulations and I can't wait to be back for the ribbon cutting!

December 15, 2014
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Urban League of Rochester Breaks Ground on M+M Project

I was honored to help the Urban League of Rochester break ground on its newest project, M+M Rochester. The Urban League is redeveloping the Michelsen Building in the City of Rochester as part of the M+M Rochester project, and will feature 59 affordable rental apartments. Congratulations to the Urban League of Rochester and everyone involved in this project, and thanks for this investment in the City of Rochester. 

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December 11, 2014
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Senator Robach's FREE Electronics Recycling Event

Senator Joe Robach is pleased to announce that he is once again sponsoring a FREE electronics recycling event. In conjunction with Time Warner Cable, Waste Management, Monroe County and Sunnking Electronics, this recycling event is completely free and open to the public. 

When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where: Monroe County Ecopark

 10 Avion Drive

 Rochester, NY 14624

December 10, 2014
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Happy 100th Birthday Jane Welch!

Happy belated 100th Birthday to Rochester area resident Jane Welch! I was happy to join Ms. Welch, her family and friends this weekend to celebrate this incredible milestone. Here's to great health and happiness as you celebrate this occasion.

December 9, 2014
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