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Senator Robach To Host Nascar Exhibit At Monroe County Fair

Senator Joe Robach today announced that he will be hosting a special NASCAR exhibit from Watkins Glen International raceway featuring an authentic stock car and racing simulator at the upcoming Monroe County Fair.

The exhibit celebrates the 20th Anniversary of NASCAR racing at Watkins Glen International and continues the Senators’ efforts to raise awareness about the NASCAR Foundation, which supports a wide range of worthy causes such as enriching the lives of chronically ill children, expanding literacy, encouraging bone marrow donation, and fighting cancer.

July 10, 2006
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Senator Joe Robach Announces Carolyn Stiffler As A NYS Senate "woman Of Distinction"

Senator Joe Robach today announced that Carolyn Stiffler of Greece has been selected as a 2006 NYS Senate "Woman of Distinction". She will be honored today at a ceremony in Albany.

"I am proud to honor Carolyn Stiffler as a Woman of Distinction and prouder still of the recognition she has earned from her neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of our community," said Senator Robach.

Carolyn currently resides in the Town of Greece and has been bringing Homes and Families together since 1989.

June 22, 2006
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Senator Robach Secures $250,000 For Rochester General Hospital Dialysis Unit

Senator Joe Robach today announced $250,000 in State funding for the new Rochester General Hospital Dialysis Unit.

The outpatient dialysis unit, which will relocate from its current space in the Medical Office Building adjacent to Rochester General, will afford greater convenience and accessibility for patients, along with a host of additional comforts. Patients will now be able to park at street level when arriving for appointments, avoiding parking garages and elevators that had been part of their prior travel requirements.

June 15, 2006
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Senator Robach Announces Passage Of Gas Tax Cap

Senator Robach announced today that the State Senate and Assembly gave final legislative approval to legislation to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the sales taxes on gasoline. The bill would cap the State sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate. The gas tax cap would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump.

May 17, 2006
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Senator Robach Announces Agreement On Plan To Roll Back Gas Tax

State Senator Joe Robach today announced a legislative agreement to roll back New York's gas tax to provide some relief to strapped motorists faced with rising gas prices.

May 11, 2006
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Senator Robach Encourages Mothers And Daughters To Participate In The Adelphi Ny "get A Mammogram Breast Cancer Campaign For Mother's Day"

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline is reaching out to New Yorkers asking them to urge their loved ones to get mammograms.

"Around Mother’s Day we remind women about the importance of getting mammograms once a year, doing breast self exam and having their breasts examined regularly by a medical professional," says Hillary Rutter, the director of the breast cancer program.

May 9, 2006
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Senator Robach Announces Senate Approval Of Legislation To Strengthen Dwi Laws

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Senator Robach’s first bill adopted today (S.1613-A) would create stronger penalties for drunk drivers who severely injure or kill people while driving while intoxicated by establishing the crimes of “Aggravated Vehicular Assault,” a class C felony, and “Vehicular Murder,” a class B felony.

The Senate also unanimously passed Senator Robach’s legislation (S.3418) that would enhance the e

April 26, 2006
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Senator Robach Secures Grant To Help Keep Gleason Works In Rochester

Senator Robach announced today that he has secured a $1 million grant for The Gleason Works, a gear manufacturer located in the City of Rochester, as part of a private and public investment package that will keep the company in the community. Gleason Works is one of Rochester’s oldest manufacturing companies.

Senator Robach joined Lt.

April 18, 2006
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Senator Robach Urges Assembly To Pass Partial Tax Exemption On Gasoline

Senator Joe Robach today called on his colleagues in the State Assembly to pass Assembly Bill A10289 (Reilly) which provides a partial tax exemption on motor fuel and diesel motor fuel. Specifically, this legislation would cap the sales tax on gasoline at a taxable value of $2 per gallon.

The Senate’s version of the bill, S5968, sponsored by Senator Robach, passed the State Senate on January 31, 2006 and was delivered to the State Assembly on that day.

April 13, 2006
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NYS Budget Makes Suny Brockport Fieldhouse Project A Reality

Senator Joe Robach, Senator George Maziarz and Senator Jim Alesi today announced that the adopted state budget contains $15 million in aid to assist in the construction of a new student recreation center/multipurpose fieldhouse at SUNY Brockport.

"The new fieldhouse project will enable the Brockport campus to be competitive with other SUNY campuses around the state," said Senator Maziarz, whose district includes Brockport.

April 5, 2006
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Senator Robach Announces Historic Funding For The Rochester City School District

Senator Joe Robach announced today that the Rochester City School District will receive an approximately $32.5 million increase within the 2006-2007 budget agreement reached by the New York State Legislature. This amount represents a 9.85% increase over the aid the district received in 2005-2006. Also, roughly $6.3 million will go to fund school nurses in the City School District.

"I am absolutely ecstatic to announce this historic State funding increase for the Rochester City School District," stated Robach.

March 31, 2006
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Senator Robach Announces $36 Million For Renaissance Square

Senator Robach and his Senate and Assembly colleagues in the Rochester Delegation have secured $36 million in this year’s State budget for the Renaissance Square Project in the City of Rochester.

Renaissance Square will be a significant economic investment in the heart of downtown Rochester that will include a performing arts center, a downtown campus for Monroe Community College - Damon City Campus - and a transit center.

March 29, 2006
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Robach Announces 20% Aid Increase To All Towns And Villages In Monroe County

Senator Joe Robach today announced that the 2006-07 state budget agreed upon by the Assembly and Senate includes a $2,939,709 increase in state aid for the city, towns, and villages in Monroe County to help ease the pressure of local property taxes. In addition to the historic 33% increase to the City of Rochester, localities in Monroe County will receive a total increase in state aid of $489,226.

All villages and towns will receive an increase of 20 percent.

March 27, 2006
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Senator Robach Announces Historic Local Aid Agreement For Rochester

Senator Robach announced today a historic local aid agreement for the City of Rochester. After long, arduous debate centering on concentration of poverty, crime and other social indicators, an agreement was reached that will give Rochester a 33% increase in State aid.

Through Robach and the delegation’s efforts, Rochester finally moved closer to its long-standing goal to receive aid more in line with that of comparable cities in the State. Currently, Rochester gets about $271 per resident compared with $433 for Buffalo, $415 for Yonkers and $368 for Syracuse.

March 27, 2006
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Governor Pataki Signs Robach's Contract Disclosure Legislation

Senator Joe Robach announced today that Governor Pataki signed contract disclosure legislation (S.6479) which he sponsored in the New York State Senate. This new law will require state agencies to report and disclose information about consulting contracts to the public.

"I am glad that we have been able to pass this important legislation into law that will provide the public with full disclosure on how their money is being spent on projects in their community and throughout New York State" stated Senator Robach.

March 22, 2006
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Senator Robach Provides Statewide Recognition For The Ronald Mcdonald "house Within The Hospital"

Senator Joe Robach announced today the passage of a resolution in the New York State Senate honoring the one year anniversary of the opening of Ronald McDonald House Within Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial.

March 1, 2006
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Senator Robach Urges Parents And Educators To Boycott Cop Killing Video Game

Senator Joe Robach today urged parents, educators and concerned citizens of New York State to boycott a video game called "25 to Life" which rewards the video gamer for killing cops and using pedestrians as human shields.

"I have a big problem with a video game that awards the gamer points to kill police officers in order to move up in stature within their ‘crime gang’," said Senator Joe Robach.

February 23, 2006
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Robach Announces Passage Of Legislation To Eliminate Statute Of Limitations And Expand Dna Databank

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would hold violent criminals accountable for their actions by closing a loophole that allows them to escape prosecution and punishment for their crimes after five years.

Legislation (S.5342) passed by the Senate today, sponsored by Senator Dean Skelos (R, Rockville Centre), would eliminate the statute of limitations period in criminal cases where the identity of the offender is established by means of DNA evidence.

February 15, 2006
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Senator Robach Announces The Passage Of His Child Protection Bill

Senator Joseph Robach announced today the passage of a bill he sponsored, S4649, that would help improve local child protective services investigations. Specifically, this bill would allow caseworkers access to criminal history reports of those individuals residing with children alleged or suspected to be abused, maltreated, or neglected.

New York State Child Protective Service workers, who do not have arrest authority, are virtually defenseless and at risk when responding to alleged complaints of child abuse.

February 8, 2006
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Robach Bill To Lower Gas Prices Passes Senate

The New York State Senate passed a bill today, S5968, sponsored by Senator Robach that would place a cap on the State and local sales taxes on gasoline, saving consumers about $240 million annually.

Specifically, this legislation would cap the State and local sales tax on gasoline at a taxable value of $2 per gallon. The cap would save motorists an estimated $120 million annually in State sales taxes. If all localities participate and gas prices stay at about $2.60 per gallon, the plan would generate another $120 million in savings for a total of $240 million.

February 2, 2006
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