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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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,
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.