Honor Flight Mission 32 - October 20, 2013

Yesterday afternoon, I had the privilege of welcoming our veteran's home from the mission of 2013. With the 45 returning veterans on Sunday morning, Honor Flight Rochester has now sent 1,493 veterans to Washington, D.C. for an Honor Flight mission. Thanks to all who have volunteered their time or have helped Honor Flight over the years.

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October 21, 2013

Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged

I had the pleasure of participating in this morning's opening ceremony for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at SUNY Brockport. This great event provides physically challenged students with the opportunity to compete in athletic events while having fun doing it. The games run through this weekend, best of luck to all the athletes competing!

October 18, 2013

Biotechnology Regulatory Reform Public Hearing

Yesterday afternoon, I joined Senators Gallivan, Marchione and Valesky, and Assemblyman Johns in hosting a public form on regulatory reform and the biotechnology industry in New York State. This public hearing was part of a 10-hearing series hosted by my colleagues of the Senate Majority Coalition to hear from industry-specific experts about the rules and regulations that are inhibiting job creation and economic growth in New York State. 

October 16, 2013

News & Views with Senator Robach - October 2013

On October 10, Senator Robach was a guest on News & Views to discuss Tax Relief in New York State and the benefits of the STAR Program. He also highlighted some key points of Unshackle Upstate's new Five Point Plan. 

October 10, 2013

Senator Robach Launches Annual Coats for Kids Drive

Senator Robach and Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet
Launch “From One Closet to Another” Coats for Kids Drive
     - Gently Worn Winter Clothing Being Accepted Through December 13th-
Senator Robach and Greece Ecumenical Closet are proud to announce “From One Closet to Another”, a Coats for Kids Clothes Drive taking place until Friday, December 13th.  Gently worn articles are being accepted, and all clothing will be donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet.

October 10, 2013

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and on Saturday morning I joined Alternatives for Battered Women at their Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at Ontario Beach Park. This great event helps raise money for domestic violence victims assistance and educates people about the seriousness of domestic violence. Thanks to all who participated and gave to this event.

October 8, 2013

Unshackle Upstate New ERA Press Conference

I was proud to be on hand as Unshackle Upstate introduced their New ERA Five Point Plan for Upstate this morning. This plan outlines ways to combat high unemployment rates and burdensome taxes.

October 3, 2013

Elizabeth Wende Breast Care Ribbon Cutting

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so it was fitting that the Elizabeth Wende Breast Care facility held its ribbon cutting for its new Greece location this afternoon. I was honored to be able to help welcome this great healthcare center to the Town of Greece.

As a leader in breast imaging and breast cancer diagnosis, this new facility will provide greater access to experience professionals for those in need. Thank you for all you do and best of luck at your new location. 

October 2, 2013

Walk to Defeat ALS

This weekend, I joined hundreds at the Walk to Defeat ALS at Ontario Beach Park. Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. This walk helped to raise money for the ALS Association in an effort to help find a cure for this horrible disease. 

October 1, 2013

Fowler Field Dedication Ceremony

I was honored to join the Hilton-Parma community last night for the dedication of Fowler Field at the Parma Town Park. This field was dedicated to Steve Fowler for a lifetime of service and commitment to the Hilton-Parma community. It was a great ceremony for a great man, I'm pleased to have been able to be a part of it.

September 26, 2013

6th Annual Women's Wellness Fair

Senator Joe Robach pleased to announce that his 6th annual Women’s Wellness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Mall at Greece Ridge Center. Please use Entrance #9, located between Marshalls and the Food Court entrance, when arriving.

The Women’s Wellness Fair will once again feature free blood pressure and cholesterol checks, chiropractic information, financial information, childcare information, fitness demonstrations and much more!

September 24, 2013

MCC Voter Registration Drive

I was pleased to join students and facility from MCC today for their voter registration drive, a grassroots effort to get more students registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day. It was great meeting with so many interested students and discussing the importance of voting with them. 

September 24, 2013

Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce State Update

I'd like to thank the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to give an update on State government this morning. I was joined by my colleague in the Senate, Mike Ranzenhofer, to discuss some of the exciting things we're doing in State government to grow business and create jobs in New York. 

September 20, 2013

Volunteers of America Children's Dental Center Ribbon Cutting

I was pleased to help cut the ribbon at the new Children's Dental Center at the Volunteers of America this morning. The new dental center will provide comprehensive dental care to children from low-income families who otherwise might not be able to get proper dental care. This project is a one of a kind partnership between the VOA and Rochester General Hospital. Many thanks to all who helped make this project possible.

September 19, 2013

Arc of Monroe Enrichment Campus Ribbon Cutting

The Arc of Monroe County celebrated the grand opening of the James V.C. and Anita Lambert Enrichment Campus this morning. The new 24,000+ square foot facility is located at 2657 West Henrietta Road and was designed around the needs of the program's current and future participants. This project wouldn't have been possible without the gracious lead donation from Anita Lambert and all of the other generous donors.

The Arc of Monroe has provided services for with developmental disabilities for more than 50 years. We are so fortunate to have an organization like the Arc in our community.

September 17, 2013

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Event

Yesterday, I joined Rochester Mayor Tom Richards and my colleagues from City government to officially kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of Rochester. Students from Wilson Foundation unveiled the 23 National flags of Latin America, which will hang from the mezzanine overlooking the City Hall Atrium, where they will remain during Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 17, 2013

Senator Robach & NYS Senate Majority Coalition to Host Public Hearing on Regulatory Reform & Biotechnology

Senator Robach & NYS Senate Majority Coalition to Host Public Hearing on Regulatory Reform & BiotechnologyRobach Seeks Bioscience Experts & Business Leaders to Testify at Hearing 

New York State Senator Joseph Robach and the members of the Senate Majority Coalition announced today that they will be hosting a public hearing on regulatory reform and biotechnology on Tuesday, October 15 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This hearing will be held at the Monroe County Office Building Legislative Chambers (4th floor, Rm. 406), 39 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 14614.

September 12, 2013

Downtown Rochester Academy Building Ribbon Cutting

Yesterday afternoon, I joined Mayor Tom Richards, County Executive Maggie Brooks and other local officials at the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Academy Building. Originally built in 1873, the Academy Building was once home to the City's first school. Renovated by Traikos Real Estate Group, this historic Downtown Rochester building will now be home to residential apartments and commercial space.

I was pleased to be able to support this project through Round 2 of the Restore New York Program.

September 6, 2013

High Falls Transformation Press Conference

This morning I joined Mayor Tom Richards to announce an exciting new project for the High Falls area in Downtown Rochester. I'm pleased to be able to secure state funding to help this new project that will upgrade the existing trail along the Genesee River and High Falls and help pay for new lighting of the falls.

We're so fortunate to have an attraction like High Falls in our community, this project will allow more people to experience all it has to offer.

September 5, 2013

Windstream Ribbon Cutting

I was honored to join my colleagues in government at the ribbon cutting for the new Windstream building at the former Midtown Plaza site in Downtown Rochester. About 335 Windstream employees will be working out of this building on a daily basis, bringing more people and jobs to Downtown Rochester.

September 3, 2013