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Senator Joe Robach Honors John Foy with Induction into New York State Veterans Hall of Fame

State Senator Joe Robach is proud to announce the induction of John Foy, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 20. This honor is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community and their accomplishments as a civilian.

May 20, 2014
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Tay House Boy Scout Troop 19 Celebrates 95 Years!

I was pleased to join scouts and parents from Tay House Boy Scout Troop 19 in celebrating its 95th anniversary. Tay House Troop 19 prides itself on being entirely run by the scouts and still follows many of the same principles established by the founding troops in 1919. Congratulations on 95 great years, here's to 95 more!

May 19, 2014
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NAMIWalks Rochester

I recently joined the Rochester community at the annual NAMIWalks fundraiser at Village Gate. NAMIWalks is the areas largest mental health fundraising effort, raising over $100,000 this year alone. For more information on NAMI Rochester, visit their website at www.namirochester.org. Thanks to everyone who came out in support or donated to this cause. 

May 19, 2014
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John Foy

John Foy is a retired plumbing contractor from Greece, New York. He grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1943. John enlisted in the Army’s Specialized Training Program for high IQ soldiers and was sent to Cornell University, where he completed his first year of college in just four months. Shortly thereafter, the Army decided they needed infantrymen more than engineers; John was sent to infantry training, and was assigned to the 87th Infantry Division, which joined General George Patton’s Third Army in the liberation of Europe.

May 17, 2014
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Westside YMCA Unveils Living Well Center

The YMCA of Greater Rochester, MVP Healthcare and LifeSpan of Rochester have teamed up to unveil the MVP Healthcare Living Well Center at the Westside YMCA in Gates. This is the second YMCA community center for seniors in the Rochester area. 

May 16, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 124 CAP

May 20, 10:30 AM - 10:43 AM
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Reading at Walt Disney Elementary School

I had a great time reading "House Mouse Senate Mouse" to 2nd and 3rd grade students at Walt Disney Elementary School in the Town of Gates this afternoon. The students enjoyed the book and had some great questions about government and my job as a State Senator. Thanks to the Gates Chili School District and the Rochester Regional Library Council for the invitation!

May 15, 2014
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Geri Spino Honored as Woman of Distinction

Senator Joe Robach will recognize Geri Spino of Greece with the New York State Senate’s 2014 Woman of Distinction Award in Albany.

May 14, 2014
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News and Views with the Junior League of Rochester

I was recently joined by Chelsea Betterton and Sarah Heisman of Junior League of Rochester on News and Views to discuss the Trafficking Victim Protection and Justice Act. Members of Junior League were in Albany to push for support of this bill, which would help put a stop to human trafficking, something that unfortunately has become a problem in New York State.

May 14, 2014
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Geri Spino

Geri Spino is a proud native of Rochester. Tragically, in 2004, her son Scott was struck and killed by a repeat drunk driving offender. Scott’s passing was a monumental loss for the entire Spino family. Since her retirement from Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield five years ago, Ms. Spino has dedicated her time to serving as President of the Scott Spino Foundation, which was established in loving memory of her son, Scott, and is focused on supporting programs that provide education, coaching and mentoring to children within the community. It is through this support that the foundation’s board of directors, members and volunteers contribute to the goal of investing in today’s youth and enhancing tomorrow’s future.

May 13, 2014
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Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Pink Ribbon Run and Walk

Every Mother's Day, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester hosts a Pink Ribbon Run and Walk fundraiser. Every dollar raised at this great event stays in the Rochester community to help those impacted by breast cancer. This year's run/walk was the most successful yet, raising over $175,000 and a record number of participants! I was pleased to be there to support the BCCR and everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. 

May 12, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 804 LOB

May 13, 10:30 AM - 10:39 AM
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Blood Testing After Deadly Accidents

SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING BLOOD TESTING AFTER DEADLY ACCIDENTS

Faster Field and Blood Alcohol Level Testing Would Strengthen Investigations of Serious Accidents

May 5, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Room 804 LOB

May 6, 10:30 AM - 10:38 AM
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Honoring the Genesee Valley Detachment Marine Corps League

The Genesee Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. I was pleased to present the members with an official proclamation from the New York State Senate. Congratulations on 50 great years, Semper Fi!

April 30, 2014
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EPIC Coverage Income Eligibility Expanded in 2014-2015 New York State Budget

I have heard from hundreds of senior citizens and families about the importance of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program (EPIC), and the impact it has on their daily lives. EPIC is a New York State program that helps more than 270,000 income-eligible seniors aged 65 and older to supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs. As your State Senator, I understand how difficult it is for individuals living on a fixed income to keep up with the high cost of the prescription drugs they need.

April 30, 2014
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NYS Snowmobile Association Educational Luncheon

I was honored to receive the Bill Sears Legislator of the Year Award from the New York State Snowmobile Association at their recent educational forum. As a major state tourism attraction, the dedicated members of the NYSSA work towards improving trails, facilities and services for snowmobilers throughout New York. Whether it's riding my Harley, a snowmobile or an ATV, I love 'em all!

April 30, 2014
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Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 Annual Dinner

I was honored to join members of the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 20 at their annual dinner over the weekend. VVA Chapter 20 is one of the most active Vietnam-era veterans groups, with members who are passionate about helping fellow Vietnam veterans.

April 29, 2014
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Brighton Little League Opening Day!

A little rain didn't stop Brighton Little League from having their opening day parade and ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Brighton Little League not only teaches the skills of baseball, but promotes teamwork and sportsmanship on and off the field. Best of luck to all the players and coaches, and many thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers who help make Brighton Little League possible! To see more pictures from this great event, click here.

April 29, 2014
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103.9 WDKX Celebrates 40 Years!

In 1974, Andrew Langston had a vision of creating a radio station that would be for the people and connect with the community. It is with this vision that 103.9 WDKX was born. On Saturday evening, WDKX celebrated its 40th Anniversary with performances by national recording artists Sevyn Streeter and Chrisette Michele, as well as many talented local recording artists.

April 28, 2014
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