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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shear Ego International School has partnered with Alternatives for Battered Women to promote Domestic Violence Awareness. See the graphic above to read about a Cut-A-Thon taking place from Friday April 22 through Friday April 29th and how you can take part in this great event.
On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend a celebration at the Main Street Armory in honor of Tartan Day. More than 500 people attend this year's event which featured live Scottish music throughout the day with eight bands performing. A special congratulations to Andrew McKay, who was presented the Rochester Scot of Year award.
On Tuesday, April 12th, Senator Robach made comments during a press conference regarding the passage of a Property Tax Cap.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations from across the state held the news conference to urge the Assembly to act on the Governor’s property tax cap legislation.
This past Saturday, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, the annual luncheon for AARP Chapter 4598. Senator Robach also presented the organization with a proclamation to celebrate their 20 years of service to our community.
On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back local Veterans following the first Honor Flight of 2011 at the Greater Rochester International Airport. 48 World War II veterans made the trip to Washington D.C. and visited the memorial built to honor all those who fought in that war. For more information on Honor Flight, visit http://www.honorflightrochester.org/.
On Thursday, April 7th, Senator Robach made remarks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Bike Zone location in Greece. Bike Zone is now located at 2100 Ridge Road West. With this expansion, Bike Zone also added new jobs to the community. For more information, you can visit http://bikezonebikes.com/.
On Thursday, April 7th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak with a Town of Pittsford Supervisor Bill Carpenter's class at St. John Fisher College. During the class, I discussed redistricting and a bill I introduced in 2010, and re-introduced this year, bill s717. This bill would require legislative districts be determined without political motivation.
On Friday, April 8th, Senator Robach presented a proclamation to Greece resident Bill Selke to celebrate his 80th birthday. Bill is a part of many organizations throughout our community and I thank him for the great service he provides to our residents and businesses.
Here is Senator Robach's Community Connection for the week ending Sunday, April 10th. Click on the link below to view this week's version in full-screen. In the latest Community Connection, there are a number of great events taking place around the district this week, learn about the new head of Empire State Development, and a local Boy Scout Troop raises funds for the relief efforts in Japan.
On Wednesday April 6th, I spoke with Brett Davidsen from WHEC-TV, Channel 10, regarding a man from Rochester who was filing fake tax returns from his prison cell. This is unacceptable and outrageous. To see last night's story, click on the link below.
On Sunday, April 3rd, I had the opportunity to attend One Step Closer's Bowl-a-thon at Clover Lanes. Families took part in the event which raised money for the organization, which is dedicated for providing needy youth in the Rochester City Schools with a new pair of shoes for the new school year so they may start the year with pride. For more information, visit http://www.onestepcloser.org/.
Senator Robach is pictured here with board members Mildred Jordan-Reynolds and Cindy Becker.
On Saturday, April 2nd, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend a 'Help Us Help Japan' fundraising event at the Danforth Community Center in Rochester. The event was organized by Boy Scout Troop and Pack 169 and all donations and proceeds went to the Japan relief efforts. Scouts collected bottles and cans and also visited with the Jr. ROTC Drill Team.
The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline. The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.
To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below.