Robach Legislation To Adjust Medicaid Rates And Reward Hospitals In New York State For Doing The Right Thing Passes The Legislature

New York State will also benefitfrom this legislation.

Senator Robach said, “Highland Hospital performs a vital mission in our community. They need to receive proper payment for the services they provide so they can reinvest and continue providing high quality health care services to our community.

July 26, 2007

Senator Robach Helps Secure Funding For The Rochester Bioenterprise Center

“Rochester is one of the top communities for higher learning and the University of Rochester remains at the forefront of biotechnology research,” stated Senator Joe Robach, “Converting an existing laboratory building into an incubator for bioscience-related commercial ventures will provide the necessary tool for emerging companies to become the future employers of our community.

July 26, 2007

Senator Robach Announces Senate Passage Of Funding For Facilities Modernization Plan In Rochester City School District

Senator Joe Robach announced  that the State Senate today passed his legislation (S.6347-A), a multi-million dollar funding bill that will help the Rochester City School District undertake a major renovation project to improve a number of its aging school buildings.  This bill also allows the District and the City of Rochester to form a joint schools construction board to manage and finance a comprehensive facilities modernization plan for Rochester’s

July 18, 2007

Robach Legislation Creating New Agency To Aid The Hearing Impaired Signed Into Law

Senator Joe Robach announced today that legislation he sponsored in the State Senate designed to improve the delivery and development of services for New York’s deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing citizens was signed into law by the Governor. The bill, which passed unanimously in the Senate, was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Joe Morelle and also passed unanimously in that house.Senator Robach said, "I was proud to sponsor this bill in the State Senate and to have fought for its passage.

July 6, 2007

Senate Majority Passes Comprehensive Plan To Overhaul Property Tax System In New York State

The New York State Senate today passed major property tax reform legislation that could result in the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional State funding.The New York "Stop Taxing Our Property" Reform Plan (NY-STOP) would: give school districts the authority to eliminate residential property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced by additional State funding; impose an immediate freeze on property tax assessments for seniors; create a

July 5, 2007

Senate Passes Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Bill

Provides $500,000 to Monroe County Nonprofits to Help Families in Need

The Senate unanimously passed a new initiative yesterday sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach designed to help prevent child abuse and neglect in the home through the visitation by trained child care experts to families at risk of abuse and neglect. The bill (S.4908-C) provides $500,000 to non-profits in Monroe County to operate child abuse prevention home visiting programs.

June 20, 2007

Senator Robach Awards Pattie Anthony Of Greece With 2007 Woman Of Distinction Award

Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Pattie Anthony with the 2007 Senate Woman of Distinction Award on Tuesday as a part of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony in Albany.

From the women's suffrage movement 150 years ago to the present day, women have played a crucial role in New York State's political, social and economic development. The Senate is proud to recognize a small sample of the countless New York State women who are known for their groundbreaking achievements.

June 8, 2007

Senator Robach Announces Passage Of Legislation To Prohibit Investments That Support Genocide In Darfur

“I was proud to introduce this legislation in the State Senate and prouder still to cast my vote in favor of its passage,” stated Senator Robach. “The inhumane and horrific treatment of the citizens of Darfur must end and this is just one opportunity to help make that happen.

May 25, 2007

Robach Announces Historic Rochester Brewery To Expand, Add Product Lines

High Falls to enter new, diverse markets, such as energy drinks.

May 25, 2007

Senator Robach And Mayor Duffy Announce $1 Million In State Funding For Completed Hemlock Lake Dam And Spillway Rehabilitation Project


Project Improved Overall Safety of Dam Used to Create Reservoir for City Water Supply

State Senator Joe Robach and Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy today announced that the City of Rochester will receive $1 million in funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

May 25, 2007

Senator Robach Announces Upstate Now -- A Comprehensive Job Growth & Economic Development Plan For Upstate

Senator Robach and his Senate colleagues today unveiled the Upstate Now agenda, a comprehensive job creation and economic growth plan that will transform and revitalize the upstate economy, generate billions of dollars in new investment, and create thousands of new jobs for New Yorkers.

May 16, 2007

Robach Announces Passage Of Domestic Violence Package

In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, State Senator Joe Robach today announced passage of a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence. Senator Robach and his colleagues were joined by Mrs. New York State 2007 Lori Donaudy of Smithtown, Long Island. A former victim of domestic abuse, Lori’s platform as Mrs.

April 27, 2007

Robach Announces Term Limits Proposed For Statewide Officials, Legislative Leaders And Committee Chairs

New Reforms Will Promote Positive Change in Albany

Senator Robach announced today the New York State Senate Majority Conference will be advancing legislation and a Constitutional Amendment that would impose term limits on statewide elected officials and limit the tenure of legislative leaders and committee chairs.

The proposals would place a limit of two terms on statewide elected officials, including the Governor, Comptroller and Attorney General, and limit the tenure of all legislative leaders to eight years,

April 18, 2007

Senator Robach Announces Senate Passage Of Legislation To Impose Stiffer Penalties For Attacks On The Elderly

“The people of this state were saddened and sickened by the senseless violent assault and subsequent mugging of two elderly women, who were obviously targeted because their attacker believed that they were easy prey and would be unable to defend themselves,” Senator Robach said. “I am proud to support the passage of this legislation in the Senate which increases the penalties for violent attacks against the elderly.

April 2, 2007

Senator Robach Spearheads Legislation Increasing Protections To Victims Of Domestic Violence

Senator Robach announced the passage of legislation that would make it unlawful for an employer or licensing agency to discriminate against victims of domestic violence in hiring or employment practices. This bill is intended to protect the economic viability of these victims and to support their efforts to gain independence from their abusers.

"In order to help victims of domestic violence, it is imperative to break the cycle of abuse," stated Senator Robach.

March 22, 2007

Senator Robach Receives The 2007 NYSaflt "friends Of Foreign Language" Award

The New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Inc. recently selected Senator Robach as the 2007 recipient of the Friends of Foreign Language Award for the Rochester Region of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.

This award is given at the statewide level to an individual outside of the foreign language profession who has demonstrated support for foreign language education and foreign language teachers.

March 12, 2007

Senator Robach Announces Agreement On Civil Commitment Of Sex Offenders

Senate Joseph Robach announced an agreement on legislation that will help protect New Yorkers against repeat sex offenders. The legislation authorizes a new program of civil commitment of individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes, served their prison terms and yet remain a clear threat to commit additional sex crimes.

"This legislation will save lives, protect our children and keep our communities safe by making sure dangerous sexual predators are kept off our streets and out of our neighborhoods.

March 9, 2007

Senator Robach Announces Final Passage Of Ethics Reform Legislation

Senator Robach announced today the final legislative passage of landmark legislation that creates new ethics and lobbying reforms in state government.

March 9, 2007

Senator Robach, Task Force Members Call For Action On Child Protective Services Bill

Senator Joseph Robach today joined with fellow members of the Senate Majority Task Force on Critical Choices to announce that the State Senate will again pass legislation (S. 2978) that would provide child protective services units with access to criminal history reports of adults residing with suspected maltreated children.

This measure, which Senator Robach introduced, died in the State Assembly last year after being approved by the Senate.

March 8, 2007