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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Senator Robach Unveils Measures To Protect Children From Internet Predators, Child Pornography And Sexual Abuse

Report Recommendations Will Help Parents Protect Kids by Combating Child Pornography, Sexual Predators in Chat Rooms, Exploitive "Child Modeling" Websites, and Child Prostitution

Senator Joseph Robach, serving as a member of the Senate Majority Task Force on Critical Choices, today announced a new report entitled, "Protecting Children in the Internet Age," that calls for the enactment of a wide array of aggressive measures designed to protect children throughout New York from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child porn

March 2, 2007
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Senate Reform Bills Call For Special Elections To Fill Vacancies In Statewide Offices

Statewide special elections would be held to fill vacancies in the offices of State Comptroller and Attorney General under two reform bills introduced today in the New York State Senate.

"There is no purer form of democracy than letting the people decide who should serve as their elected representatives in state government," said Senator Joe Robach. "As part of the Senate Majority’s ongoing efforts for meaningful government reform, this is just another logical step in the right direction.

February 13, 2007
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Senator Robach Announces State Grant For Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Senator Robach is proud to announce a State grant of $5,500 to assist the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society.

The lighthouse is a historical treasure and landmark for the Rochester community, especially those living in Charlotte. It is located on the Seaway Trail and also listed on the New York State Register and National Register of Historic Places. According to the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society, the Keepers House (which this funding will help restore) was originally built in 1822 but replaced in 1863.

January 24, 2007
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Robach Announces Senate Passage Of Budget Reform Legislation

Senator Robach announced today that the New York State Senate passed budget reform legislation to increase accountability in the State budget process and help ensure passage of on-time budgets. The bill (S.1322) reflects an agreement among the Senate, Governor and Assembly."Reforming the way New York does business has always been my highest priority as an elected official" stated Senator Robach.

January 23, 2007
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Senator Robach Introduces Legislation To Prohibit Investments That Support Genocide In Darfur

Senator Joe Robach is introducing legislation to stop New York State from investing in companies doing business in the Sudan. This bill ensures that New York does not support business activities with a state that sponsors terrorism and perpetuates genocide in Darfur.

The atrocities in Darfur, the Southern region of Sudan, have resulted in the deaths of 400,000 people and the displacement of 2.5 million, inciting outrage throughout the world.

January 23, 2007
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Esl Federal Credit Union Celebrates Opening

Rochester, N.Y. – ESL Federal Credit Union today celebrated the opening of its 17th branch, located at 215 Merchants Road, in the City of Rochester. ESL representatives, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Commissioner of Economic Development R. Carlos Carballada and Lois Giess, City Council President, were joined by other city and county officials, area business and community leaders, and ESL staff for a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.

January 19, 2007
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Airline Passenger's Bill Of Rights Law Takes

Last year, I supported the “Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights” legislation in the State Senate to provide passengers stranded on airplanes at New York airports with certain basic amenities to make their wait more tolerable.

The legislation is now law and is effective as of January 1, 2008.

January 18, 2007
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Rochester Area Colleges Launch Web Site To Assist Regional Economic Development

Rochester Area Colleges, a consortium of 18 colleges and universities, has launched a new Web site to assist the region's economic development efforts. The Web site, www.biz2edu.com, will provide economic development organizations, site selectors, corporations, and individuals a Web-based gateway to the multitude of resources provided by Rochester's academic institutions. The Web site was made possible with a $50,000 state grant secured by State Senator Joseph Robach and a similiar amount from his Assembly colleagues.

January 3, 2007
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Robach Announces Plan For Expanded Property Tax Relief Program

The New York State Senate today announced a three part plan to significantly expand the Senate-initiated property tax relief rebate program to provide $2.6 billion in property tax relief this year and $3.4 billion in 2008.

The plan would triple the size of direct property tax rebate checks in the first year, give voters greater input on local property tax rates, and establish a Blue Ribbon Commission to make reforms to help reduce property taxes.

January 3, 2007
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Robach Announces New Center To Help Plan And Prepare For Mass Casualty Events Throughout Upstate New York

The Consortium will provide an umbrella framework to coordinate research, education and patient care efforts as it relates to mass casualty planning and response among the four institutions.

October 26, 2006
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Senate Posts Local Initiative Projects For 2006-07

The New York State Senate today posted on its website (www.senate.state.ny.us) a list of local projects that have been recommended to receive State grants from the Community Projects Fund.The posting, which is being done in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Governor, the Assembly and the Senate, will give the media and the public an opportunity to review project recommendations and make comments.

September 25, 2006
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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Any New Yorker with concerns about breast cancer is urged to call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at 800-877-8077. For 27 years this program has been offering information and emotional support to women, men, and their families. Trained volunteers who are all breast cancer survivors staff the hotline.

"We can direct callers to resources in their own community and also provide telephone support through our social workers and volunteers," says Hillary Rutter, LCSW, the director of the program.

September 21, 2006
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Robach Recognizes Digital Afternoons Students And Employers

Senator Joseph Robach held a ceremony this afternoon with County Executive Maggie Brooks to recognize the 26 students and 20 employers who participated in the second annual RochesterWorks! Digital Afternoons Program. Digital Afternoons is an innovative job-readiness program that trains high school students in technology and business and provides them with paid summer internships at local companies. Brooks launched the program in 2005. Senator Robach secured a $45,000 State grant for the program this year. Brooks and Robach were also joined by representatives of RochesterWorks!

September 8, 2006
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