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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Law on Text Messaging While Driving

New law would elevate text messaging while driving violation to a primary offense    The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.  The bill was discussed today at a news conference by the bill sponsors, Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator Jim Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).

May 3, 2011
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Senator Robach Remarks on Tougher Texting While Driving Legislation

On Tuesday, May 3rd, Senator Robach provided comments during a press conference in Albany regarding new legislation to strengthen the law on texting while driving. Senator Robach is a co-sponsor of Senate bill S.998B, which would elevate text messaging while drive driving a primary offense in New York State.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Robach Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Law on Texting While Driving

New law would elevate text messaging while driving violation to a primary offense

 

The New York State Senate today will act on a bill (S.998) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting. Action on the bill was announced today at a news conference by the bill sponsors, Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator James Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).

 

May 3, 2011
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Northwest Savings Bank Expands to Brighton

On Thursday, April 28th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newest Northwest Savings Bank location. The branch, located at 1441 Monroe Ave. in Brighton, opened for business last Thursday and donated $1,000 to Brighton Volunteer Ambulance during the ceremony. Northwest Savings Bank has other locations throughout our area in Greece, Gates, Penfield, and downtown.

May 2, 2011
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Greece Arbor Day Tree Planting

On Friday, April 29th, the Town of Greece held a tree-planting ceremony in honor of Arbor Day. This year, the town planted a tree in memory of a good friend of mine, Ed Marianetti. I was honored to speak at the ceremony and take part in the planting of the tree, which is located in front of Town Hall. Ed's son, Brian, and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks also provided remarks to a number of Ed's friends, who were in attendance. Pictured here, the family of Ed Marianetti plants the tree in his memory.

April 29, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending May 1st

Click on the link below to download a full-screen version of this week's Community Connection. In this week's issue, and important message as we celebrate Mother's Day next weekend, Northwest Savings Bank continues its expansion in our area, and some of the great events taking place around the district this week.

April 29, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Room 804 LOB

May 3, 11:30 AM - 11:37 AM
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Senator Robach Meets with MCSBA

Earlier this week, Senator Robach had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Monroe County School Boards Association at my District Office in Greece. Pictured with me (clockwise from left front) are: Judy Wadsworth; Alka Phatak, Pittsford Board of Education member; Dr. Morton Stein, Brighton Board of Education member; Dr. Kevin McGowan, Brighton Central School District Superintendent; Mark Kokanovich, Brighton Board of Education member; Jody Siegle, MCSBA; and Darrin Kenney, Pittsford Central School District Business Officer.

April 28, 2011
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Christopher M. Marron Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

Congratulations to Christopher M. Marron, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Chris is a scout with Troop 48, chartered through Greece Baptist Church. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was held Monday night. Here, Senator Robach is pictured with Chris and his grandfather, Mike Loewke.

April 26, 2011
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Greentopia Festival Announced

Recently, I had the opportunity to make remarks at a press conference to announce the Greentopia Festival. The festival will take place at High Falls on the weekend of September 17th and 18th and will provide entertainment for the whole family, along with providing innovative ideas on how to be more friendly to the environment. For more Senator Robach is pictured here with the founders of the Greentopia Festival, Michael Philipson and Lewis Stess.

April 25, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending April 24th

Click on the link below to view Senator Robach's Community Connection for the week ending Sunday, April 24th. In this week's issue, more  details about Lauren's Law, Nothnagle Realtors opens its new downtown offices, and some of the great events taking place around the district over the next week.

April 22, 2011
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Nothnagle Unveils New Corporate Headquarters

On Monday, April 18th, Senator Robach had the honor to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to mark the official opening of Nothnagle Realtors new corporate headquarters. The new office, located in downtown Rochester at 217 West Main Street, will bring 70 employees to the area. Nothnagle acquired the 27,000-square foot property in 2009.

April 19, 2011
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Senator Robach Speaks at Press Conference Regarding Emergency Responders Legislation

On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, a press conference held by United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand supports federal legislation to create a wireless broadband network to enable emergency responders to better communicate with one another during an emergency. The legislation was one of the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

April 18, 2011
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Crime Victims Rights Week

On Saturday, April 16th, Senator Robach joined Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and officials from the City of Rochester during an event for the 27th Annual Crime Victims Rights Week Walk. For more information, visit http://www.4victims.org/.

April 18, 2011
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R.I.T. Breaks Ground for Golisano Institute for Sustainability

On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach spoke at, and took part in, a groundbreaking ceremony at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The school broke ground on the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The building will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach and will provide a showcase for green construction and design. RIT received a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Construction Grant Program for the facility and $10 million in funding from the state of New York to assist with construction.

April 18, 2011
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Senator Robach Visits School 34

On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach visited with students at School No. 34 in Rochester. The Dr. Louis A. Cerulli School hosted its annual "Snuggle Up with a Good Book/Poem in Your Pocket Day". After talking with students and teachers, Senator Robach also visited with a fifth grade class.

April 18, 2011
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Senator Robach's Community Connection for April 17, 2011

Click on the link below to view a full-screen version of this week's Community Connection. In this week's issue, how you can make your voice heard regarding the passage of a Property Tax Cap, a special birthday celebration in Albany, and events coming up this week around the district.

April 15, 2011
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Lauren Shields' Birthday a True Celebration

On Thursday, April 13th, in honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields. Senator Robach was proud to support life saving legislation passed by the Senate today. Bill S.3885 would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver's license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision. Also, Senator Robach took part in a special birthday celebration for Lauren along with his Senate colleagues.

April 13, 2011
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National Kidney Foundation Hosts Free Screening

On Saturday, April 16th, the National Kidney Foundation will host FREE kidney health screenings from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 100 West Avenue. For all the information, click on the link below.

April 13, 2011
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