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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.