Senator Robach today announced constituents can assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi by making cash donations to voluntary relief organizations.
According to the federal government, cash donations are the most helpful to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states because it allows volunteer agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs.
Senator Robach today announced a new law that will require prescription drug prices to be posted online to give consumers easy access to the drug price list, allowing them to electronically comparison shop for prescription drugs on the Internet and help senior citizens save money.
The previous law required pharmacies to produce a weekly updated prescription drug price list and make copies available to consumers.
Senator Robach announced today that the Governor signed a campaign finance reform bill that will extend computerized disclosure requirements to local races and improve public access to campaign finance records.
"Computerizing local records will enable the public to have better access to campaign finance records as well as state board of elections to better monitor and enforce campaign contribution limits" stated Senator Robach.
Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Mary Angerame and Dr. Ruth Scott with the 2005 Senate Woman of Distinction Award on Tuesday as a part of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony in Albany.
"This award ceremony is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Mary Angerame’s tireless work to improve health care for children, families and those affected by serious and terminal illness and Dr. Scott’s long and distinguished record of community service as an educator, a political leader, a banker and a consultant," Robach said.
Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Dr. Ruth Scott with the 2005 Senate Woman of Distinction Award on Tuesday as a part of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony in Albany.
"This award ceremony is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Dr. Scott’s long and distinguished record of community service as an educator, a political leader, a banker and a consultant," Robach said. "It is an honor and a privilege to present the 2005 Senate Woman of Distinction Award to Dr. Ruth Scott."
Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Mary Angerame of Brighton with the 2005 Senate Woman of Distinction Award on Tuesday, June 14, as a part of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony in Albany.
"Too often in society we don’t say thank you enough," Robach said. "This award ceremony is a great opportunity for us to honor Mary Angerame’s tireless work to improve the health care of the greater Rochester community, especially for children, families and those affected by serious and terminal illness.
Senator Joseph E. Robach today announced that the Senate Medicaid Reform Task Force will hold a series of statewide hearings on Medicaid fraud to build support for State action on a problem that is costing New York taxpayers billions of dollars.
"These hearings will help New Yorkers understand the root of the problem and give the Assembly the push they need to enact reforms to change New York’s Medicaid system" stated Senator Robach.
The statewide hearings will solicit input from experts in the Medicaid, health care and law enforcement fields.
Senator Robach announced today that the Senate has passed a constitutional amendment (S.1370) that would give New Yorkers a more direct role in the legislative process by empowering them to enact and amend laws through initiative and referendum.
"As a long time advocate for government reform, I strongly believe that this is an important step to changing the way the New York Legislature does business" stated Senator Robach.
Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Dr. David Du Bois with the 2005 Senate Achievers’ Award on Tuesday, May 24th, as part of the New York State Senate’s 24th Annual Disabilities Awareness Day.
"As an active member of our community, Dr. Du Bois has worked tirelessly to improve the rights and lives of those living with developmental disabilities in the Rochester area," Robach said. "It is an honor and a privilege to present the 2005 Senate Achievers’ Award to Dr. Du Bois."
NYS Senator Joe Robach announced today the Senate majority’s plan to call for a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s Medicaid fraud detection effort with the goal of dramatically reducing corruption and waste, and increasing the amounts of money returned to taxpayers.
Senate legislation restructures the detection, investigation and prosecution of Medicaid fraud in New York by strengthening and streamlining the roles of the Health Department and Attorney General, and creates a new Medicaid Inspector General to help uncover fraud, waste and abuse.
It is always a good day when something you have worked long and hard for comes to fruition. The Legislature passing a budget prior to the April 1st deadline through an open conference committee process is a historic moment in New York history. School districts, not for profits and other critically important organizations and programs will be able to avoid financial obstacles as they now have time to plan for the upcoming year.
As many of you know, passing an on-time budget and budget reform has been a career long objective.
Senator Joseph Robach today announced that the Brighton Central School District will receive an increase in school aid this year, a nearly $314,302 or 4% increase over the Governor’s proposal. The Governor’s budget would have slightly cut funding to the school district by approximately $30,000.
Senator Joseph Robach today announced the passage of legislation in the New York State Senate that will designate part of the expressway in greater Rochester as the "Erie Canal Expressway."
By renaming this portion of the expressway, which tracks the canal’s original route, the State acknowledges the historical role the Erie Canal has played in opening up western New York and, particularly, the Rochester area.
Senator Joseph Robach announced today that he will be introducing legislation in the Senate which will require the State of New York to implement a statewide toll-free emergency notification system ("ENS") that would enable people to report safety problems at railroad crossings by calling a 1-800 number. The legislation will require the New York State Department of Transportation to implement the toll-free ENS and they will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the data it generates.
This year 20 percent of us will need emergency treatment. The Highland Hospital Emergency Department has been providing this critical care to the Rochester community for over a century.
Over the last five years, the number of patients admitted to Highland Hospital’s emergency room has more than doubled and, as a result, the hospital has become dangerously overcrowded. Unfortunately, many of those seeking care at Highland have been forced to be seen in the hallways as their need is greater than their facility.