Senator Robach Announces State Grant For Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Senator Robach is proud to announce a State grant of $5,500 to assist the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society.

The lighthouse is a historical treasure and landmark for the Rochester community, especially those living in Charlotte. It is located on the Seaway Trail and also listed on the New York State Register and National Register of Historic Places. According to the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society, the Keepers House (which this funding will help restore) was originally built in 1822 but replaced in 1863.

January 24, 2007

Senator Robach Introduces Legislation To Prohibit Investments That Support Genocide In Darfur

Senator Joe Robach is introducing legislation to stop New York State from investing in companies doing business in the Sudan. This bill ensures that New York does not support business activities with a state that sponsors terrorism and perpetuates genocide in Darfur.

The atrocities in Darfur, the Southern region of Sudan, have resulted in the deaths of 400,000 people and the displacement of 2.5 million, inciting outrage throughout the world.

January 23, 2007

Robach Announces Senate Passage Of Budget Reform Legislation

Senator Robach announced today that the New York State Senate passed budget reform legislation to increase accountability in the State budget process and help ensure passage of on-time budgets. The bill (S.1322) reflects an agreement among the Senate, Governor and Assembly."Reforming the way New York does business has always been my highest priority as an elected official" stated Senator Robach.

January 23, 2007

Esl Federal Credit Union Celebrates Opening

Rochester, N.Y. – ESL Federal Credit Union today celebrated the opening of its 17th branch, located at 215 Merchants Road, in the City of Rochester. ESL representatives, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Commissioner of Economic Development R. Carlos Carballada and Lois Giess, City Council President, were joined by other city and county officials, area business and community leaders, and ESL staff for a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.

January 19, 2007

Airline Passenger's Bill Of Rights Law Takes

Last year, I supported the “Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights” legislation in the State Senate to provide passengers stranded on airplanes at New York airports with certain basic amenities to make their wait more tolerable.

The legislation is now law and is effective as of January 1, 2008.

January 18, 2007

Rochester Area Colleges Launch Web Site To Assist Regional Economic Development

Rochester Area Colleges, a consortium of 18 colleges and universities, has launched a new Web site to assist the region's economic development efforts. The Web site,, will provide economic development organizations, site selectors, corporations, and individuals a Web-based gateway to the multitude of resources provided by Rochester's academic institutions. The Web site was made possible with a $50,000 state grant secured by State Senator Joseph Robach and a similiar amount from his Assembly colleagues.

January 3, 2007

Robach Announces Plan For Expanded Property Tax Relief Program

The New York State Senate today announced a three part plan to significantly expand the Senate-initiated property tax relief rebate program to provide $2.6 billion in property tax relief this year and $3.4 billion in 2008.

The plan would triple the size of direct property tax rebate checks in the first year, give voters greater input on local property tax rates, and establish a Blue Ribbon Commission to make reforms to help reduce property taxes.

January 3, 2007

Robach Announces New Center To Help Plan And Prepare For Mass Casualty Events Throughout Upstate New York

The Consortium will provide an umbrella framework to coordinate research, education and patient care efforts as it relates to mass casualty planning and response among the four institutions.

October 26, 2006

Senate Posts Local Initiative Projects For 2006-07

The New York State Senate today posted on its website ( a list of local projects that have been recommended to receive State grants from the Community Projects Fund.The posting, which is being done in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Governor, the Assembly and the Senate, will give the media and the public an opportunity to review project recommendations and make comments.

September 25, 2006

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Any New Yorker with concerns about breast cancer is urged to call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at 800-877-8077. For 27 years this program has been offering information and emotional support to women, men, and their families. Trained volunteers who are all breast cancer survivors staff the hotline.

"We can direct callers to resources in their own community and also provide telephone support through our social workers and volunteers," says Hillary Rutter, LCSW, the director of the program.

September 21, 2006

Robach Recognizes Digital Afternoons Students And Employers

Senator Joseph Robach held a ceremony this afternoon with County Executive Maggie Brooks to recognize the 26 students and 20 employers who participated in the second annual RochesterWorks! Digital Afternoons Program. Digital Afternoons is an innovative job-readiness program that trains high school students in technology and business and provides them with paid summer internships at local companies. Brooks launched the program in 2005. Senator Robach secured a $45,000 State grant for the program this year. Brooks and Robach were also joined by representatives of RochesterWorks!

September 8, 2006

Senator Robach Announces $500,000 For New Projection Booth At The George Eastman House Dryden Theatre

Senator Robach and the Rochester Senate delegation today awarded $500,000 in New York state funds to equip and renovate the projection booth of the historic Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House. For 55 years the Dryden Theatre has been the sole exhibition space for the George Eastman House’s unique collection of more than 28,000 motion picture titles dating from 1895 to present day. The current projectors of the Dryden Theatre booth are the original ones installed in 1951, when the theater opened its doors.

August 30, 2006

Senator Robach Seeks Local Purple Heart Medal Recipients

Senator Robach today launched a registration effort for Purple Heart Medal recipients of the Monroe County for induction in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. The Hall itself is slated to open this November in Vails Gate, Orange County.

"Athletes, actors and musicians have countless halls of fame and other venues to celebrate their accomplishments. Now, I am happy to report, heroes of a higher order will also have a hall in their honor," said Senator Joseph Robach.

August 18, 2006

Senator Robach Attends The Summit Federal Credit Union Brighton Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Senator Robach today attended the Summit Federal Credit Union Brighton ribbon cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new full-service Brighton Branch. The new branch is located at 1900 Clinton Avenue South in the Tops Brighton Plaza.

The ceremony was hosted by Michael Vadala, President and CEO of The Summit, Board Chairman, Jeffrey Peters as well as other Summit Board Members and guests.

July 19, 2006

Senator Robach To Host Nascar Exhibit At Monroe County Fair

Senator Joe Robach today announced that he will be hosting a special NASCAR exhibit from Watkins Glen International raceway featuring an authentic stock car and racing simulator at the upcoming Monroe County Fair.

The exhibit celebrates the 20th Anniversary of NASCAR racing at Watkins Glen International and continues the Senators’ efforts to raise awareness about the NASCAR Foundation, which supports a wide range of worthy causes such as enriching the lives of chronically ill children, expanding literacy, encouraging bone marrow donation, and fighting cancer.

July 10, 2006

Senator Joe Robach Announces Carolyn Stiffler As A NYS Senate "woman Of Distinction"

Senator Joe Robach today announced that Carolyn Stiffler of Greece has been selected as a 2006 NYS Senate "Woman of Distinction". She will be honored today at a ceremony in Albany.

"I am proud to honor Carolyn Stiffler as a Woman of Distinction and prouder still of the recognition she has earned from her neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of our community," said Senator Robach.

Carolyn currently resides in the Town of Greece and has been bringing Homes and Families together since 1989.

June 22, 2006

Senator Robach Secures $250,000 For Rochester General Hospital Dialysis Unit

Senator Joe Robach today announced $250,000 in State funding for the new Rochester General Hospital Dialysis Unit.

The outpatient dialysis unit, which will relocate from its current space in the Medical Office Building adjacent to Rochester General, will afford greater convenience and accessibility for patients, along with a host of additional comforts. Patients will now be able to park at street level when arriving for appointments, avoiding parking garages and elevators that had been part of their prior travel requirements.

June 15, 2006

Senator Robach Announces Passage Of Gas Tax Cap

Senator Robach announced today that the State Senate and Assembly gave final legislative approval to legislation to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the sales taxes on gasoline. The bill would cap the State sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate. The gas tax cap would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump.

May 17, 2006

Senator Robach Announces Agreement On Plan To Roll Back Gas Tax

State Senator Joe Robach today announced a legislative agreement to roll back New York's gas tax to provide some relief to strapped motorists faced with rising gas prices.

May 11, 2006

Senator Robach Encourages Mothers And Daughters To Participate In The Adelphi Ny "get A Mammogram Breast Cancer Campaign For Mother's Day"

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline is reaching out to New Yorkers asking them to urge their loved ones to get mammograms.

"Around Mother’s Day we remind women about the importance of getting mammograms once a year, doing breast self exam and having their breasts examined regularly by a medical professional," says Hillary Rutter, the director of the breast cancer program.

May 9, 2006