I hope you are enjoying all that summer has to offer in our community. Because of the tremendous response from the community to my “Coats for Kids Clothes Drive” last December, I am proud to announce my “Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive”. From now until August 5th, I will be collecting backpacks and school supplies and will be donating them to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, who is in “great need” for these items.
Supplies needed are:
Pens – Blue and Black
Pencils – Standard and Colored
Rulers and protractors
Lined paper and pads, composition paper
Rochester printing company Monroe Litho is being recognized by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute for leadership in sustainability with the printing industry.
The company, located in downtown Rochester, earned the Pollution Prevention Achievement Award for its environmental initiatives with High Tech Rochester, the local Regional Technology Development Center. The collaboration helped reduce process waste by 100 percent and water usage by 5.9 percent, decrease emissions by 29 percent, and reduce fuel used in the transportation of paper by 31 percent.
On Thursday, July 7th, Senator Robach joined Governor Cuomo as he signed into law the Property Tax Cap, which the New York State Legislature recently passed. Governor Cuomo signed the property tax cap at the home of Mike and Amanda Ostrander in Irondequoit. Like many taxpayers in Monroe County, the Ostranders, parents of two children, have made sacrifices to afford the state's skyrocketing property taxes. Mike is an attorney and Amanda is an Adult literacy teacher who also volunteers at a local day care. They pay nearly $5,000 annually in property taxes, well above the median property tax bill in New York state. This law will provide meaningful tax relief to the Ostrander family and other homeowners across New York.
Senator Robach's Community Connection for the week ending July 3rd features Fourth of July events around the district, facts and history of the holiday, and information about the upcoming Free Movies in the Parks which begin on July 12th. Click the link below to download a full screen version.
On Friday, Senator Robach made remarks regarding the 2011 Legislative Session. Topics included the passage of an on time budget, a Property Tax Cap, the City of Rochester School District MOE legislation, and getting the state back on the right track.
SENATE PASSES HISTORIC PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION Bill Also Provides for Mandate Relief The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. The bill (S.5856), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, will cap school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Mandate relief is also included, with $127 million in savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, the New York State Senate passed legislation designating the National Remembrance Flag, created by Stephen and Joanne Galvin of Wolcott, New York, as the official New York State flag for September 11th remembrance. Senator Robach provided remarks on the Senate floor regarding this new legislation.
You might have seen this story on NBC's Today Show Wednesday morning, June 22nd regarding Nik Wallenda and his attempt to tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge at Niagara Falls. The Legislature gave final approval earlier this afternoon.
New York lawmakers have voted to allow a member of the daredevil Wallenda family to attempt a tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge at Niagara Falls.
The state Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill directing parks officials to write regulations allowing Nik Wallenda to traverse the gorge. The Senate already approved the measure.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn't said yet whether he'll sign it.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to provide stronger preventative health care for women. The bill (S.1883A), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), requires insurance companies to cover the cost of supplemental screening for women who have dense breast tissue or who are at greater risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Newsweek magazine recently ranked the top 500 high schools in America. Two high schools in Senator Robach's district made the list. Brighton High School ranked #147 and Greece Odyssey Academy ranked #175. You can see the entire list of Newsweek's 2011 Best High Schools by clicking on the link below.
The New York State Senate Wednesday gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”
The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.
The New York State Senate passed a bill to potentially save chemotherapy patients thousands of dollars in pharmaceutical costs by ensuring that chemotherapy treatment, no matter how administered, is covered equally by insurance companies. The bill (S.3988), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-C, Staten Island), would help patients by enabling oral chemotherapy – a treatment in pill form - to be covered by insurance as a chemotherapy treatment. “There is absolutely no reason why life-saving medicines should be covered differently simply because of the way they are administered,” said Senator Lanza. “This bill is about keeping up with the times and the changing face of medicine.”
On Monday, June 20th, I had the opportunity to meet Syracuse University graduate and New York Giants Wide Receiver David Tyree. Tyree is best known for his catch in Super Bowl XLII which helped the Giants beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots 17-14.
New York State Senate Passes Legislation, Sponsored by Senator Robach,
To Reduce Amount of Paper Used in the Legislature
- S.357 Passes Overwhemingly in Senate, Sent to New York State Assembly –
Today, the Senate passed S.357, sponsored by Senator Robach, which would reduce the amount of paper wasted in the New York State Legislature. Specifically, this bill would provide members of the Legislature with electronic versions of bills, instead of paper. The benefits would be especially pronounced when voting on budget bills since they are voluminous by nature.
The New York State Senate today approved legislation to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The bill (S.4005A), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), would save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses spent by families caring for individuals with autism and address insurance companies’ refusal to cover costs for autism treatments and therapies.
Autism Spectrum Disorders affect individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, are currently affected with autism.
Here is the Community Connection for the week ending Sunday, June 19th. In this week's issue, the State Legislature approves tougher laws against protests at military funerals, wrapping up American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Greece, and the some of the upcoming events in the district this week. Happy Father's Day to all the dads!
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.
-Senator Robach's Legislation in Response to Crime at RG&E's Russell Station in 2010 -
Late last year, you might remember the theft of copper and releasing oil from a spare transformer at Rochester Gas and Electric’s Russell Station property. Not only was there 4,800 gallons of oil drained at this location, but there was also hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean up costs associated. Shortly after this crime, I introduced legislation that would criminalize intentional or reckless damage to the environment done in the course of committing another crime. Late last night, the New York State Senate passed this legislation, bill S702A. You can read the summary of the bill below: