On Friday, January 28th, I had the opportunity to attend a retirement party for Gwen Darrisaw, who is retiring after 20 years with the County of Monroe and CWA 381. During the party, I presented Gwen with a certificate in honor of her service to our community.
Senator Robach meets with Dr. Nirav Shah, who was recently appointed as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Shah and Senator Robach discussed the importance of an efficient health care model.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state Department of Transportation has upgraded its 511 New York system, including a new free mobile device application that provides New Yorkers with up-to-the-minute information regarding traffic, transit and emergency service notifications as well as weather advisories.
Recently, Senator Robach attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony for Troop 152 in Brighton. Two members of the troop received their Eagle Scout badge, William J. Devos and Nicholas Sirotenko. Both are pictured with Senator Robach.
The New York State Senate today passed the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.
Senator Joe Robach (R,I,C -56th Senate District) said, “Job creation across New York should be one of our biggest priorities. The taxes and fees that were imposed as a result of last year’s budget, which I opposed, are making it very difficult for businesses to operate and grow jobs in our community.”
The Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011 includes the following measures:
On Monday, January 17th, the Maplewood YMCA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of renovations which totaled $5 million dollars, which added 16,000 square feet of space. Senator Robach made remarks prior to the ceremony, and helped cut the ribbon for the remodeled facility. For more information click here to visit the YMCA of Greater Rochester.
Aquinas Institute and Prime Time Brass teamed up to raise funds for Honor Flight Rochester, a program which transports local WWII veterans by plane to view the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. The resulting benefit concert took place at Aquinas on Saturday, January 15, 2011, featuring a mix of jazz, big band and patriotic music performed by Prime Time Brass, the Aquinas Jazz Ensemble, national recording artist Joe Brucato, the Ghost Riders and the Image City Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.
On Monday, January 17th, we will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are a number of events around the area to commemorate this day. Click here to see events taking place. Events start on Friday, January 14th and continue through the holiday on Monday.
RG&E Partners With Foodlink to Help Keep Winter Winds at Bay
Rochester, NY – RG&E will hand out reusable grocery bags filled with easy-to-install weatherization supplies at seven upcoming food distributions hosted by Foodlink. The supplies will include an insulation kit for three windows, a roll of weather stripping for sealing windows and doors, and 10 switch/outlet sealers.
RG&E representatives will also be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about the federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), RG&E’s new Energy Assistance Program for low income customers and how to use energy wisely.
On the heels of last Wednesday's State of the State address, I had the opportunity to catch up with Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy in the Senate Chamber. I look forward to working with the new administration on capping property taxes, reducing state spending, reforming State government, and getting our State back on the right track.
On Monday, January 3rd, Verizon Wireless opened its new location on Jefferson Road. During the ceremony, The Salvation Army Rochester Area Services was awarded a HopeLine Grant from Verizon Wireless, which will benefit the Army’s Hope House Women’s Shelter. The $10,000 grant will be used to provide case management services to homeless women impacted by domestic violence
“About 85 percent of the women who come to Hope House are dealing with issues of domestic violence,” Said Major James Cocker, Rochester area coordinator for The Salvation Army. “We are grateful for this grant, as it will help us provide the much needed support the women in our shelter need to become self-sufficient.”
On Wednesday, December 22nd, Senator Robach had the privilege to donate all of the winter articles of clothing that were donated to the "From One Closet to Another" Coats for Kids Winter Clothes Drive. Clothing was donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet. I thank everyone for their tremendous support and generosity throughout the past three weeks, and for making this project so successful! Pictured with Senator Robach (from left to right) is Town of Greece Deputy Supervisor Jeff McCann, Town of Greece Councilman Andrew Conlon, representatives of the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, and Town of Greece Supervisor John Auberger.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced the Fall 2010 Scholar/Athlete team award for each fall sport around the state. Congratulations to the following schools in Senator Robach's district for finishing in the top 10 of their respective sport:
Greece Athena High School - 98.266 (Boys Cross Country)
Greece Arcadia High School - 96.718 (Girls Soccer)
Greece Athena High School - 97.378 (Birls Volleyball)
On Saturday, December 18th, WDKX 103.9 FM brought Christmas downtown during its live broadcast from the Monroe County Office Building. During the broadcast, winter coats were given away to children in the Rochester area. Santa Claus and other guests also stopped by the broadcast to visit with those in attendance.