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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tax Forms Available At Senator Robach's Office

Senator Joseph Robach will provide federal and state tax forms in both office locations - 2300 West Ridge Road and 2340 Monroe Avenue. The office will have all the basic forms, schedules and instructions but will not be providing publications.

For those needing federal tax publications, hard copies can be picked up at the IRS building located on 255 East Avenue. New York State publications can be obtained at the New York State Department of Taxation on 340 East Main Street. Publications and tax forms can also be downloaded online at and

January 25, 2006

Senate Unanimously Passes Robach Bill Ensuring That Sex Offenders Serve The Time They Deserve

Senator Joseph Robach announced today the unanimous passage of a bill he sponsored, S1619, that will strengthen the state penal law regarding sex offenders who are found guilty of another offense during their probation time. With this change in the law, these offenders would now have to serve consecutive sentences rather than concurrent sentences.

"Sexual crimes against children are amongst the worst crimes committed in our community", said Senator Robach. "We must ensure that sex offenders are put behind bars for the entire time they deserve.

January 24, 2006

Senator Robach And Town Of Greece Supervisor John Auberger Announce $350,000 For Greece Community And Senior Center

Senator Joe Robach and Greece Supervisor John Auberger today announced a $350,000 state grant to assist with the construction of the Greece Community and Senior Center at the Town Hall campus.

The grant obtained by Senator Robach will be used to assist with construction cost of the center, purchasing equipment for the senior lounge and the transportation infrastructure at the Town Hall campus.

"I was happy to secure this funding for our soon to be completed state of the art center," stated Senator Robach. "This new facility will be an important asset to our community.

January 20, 2006

Senator Robach Urges The Assembly To Act On Sex Offender Legislation

Senator Joe Robach and members of the Senate Majority Conference announced that the Senate will act today on legislation (S.6019) requiring the lifetime registration of sex offenders and prevent sexual predators from coming off the State sex offender registry later this month.

Currently, most sex offenders are only required to register for ten years.

January 18, 2006

Senator Robach Secures $20,000 For National Kidney Foundation

Senator Joe Robach secured $20,000 in State funds for the purchase, lettering and insurance of a passanger/cargo van for the National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York. Prior to the purchase of the van, the NKF of Upstate New York did not own a vehicle and relied on public transportation, which often was unable to meet their needs.

January 18, 2006

Tax Reductions And Lobbying Reform Highlight New Laws To Take Effect January 1, 2006

A personal income tax reduction that will save New York taxpayers almost $1 billion, an expansion and reform of the state’s lobbying laws, and a measure to bring New York State into compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA), highlight the list of new State laws that will take effect on January 1, 2006.

Personal Income Tax Reductions

A tax reduction that will save New York taxpayers nearly $1 billion will go into effect on January 1, 2006.

December 29, 2005

Senator Robach Attends Ribbon Cutting To Support New Company Employing Developmentally Disabled Adults

In recognition of National Disabilities Employment Awareness month in October, Senator Robach participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new company that employs developmentally disabled adults.

Lifetime Assistance, Inc. officially opened its newest venture, CSS (Classified Shredding Services) on Wednesday, October 26, 2005. Classified Shredding Services will provide secure, confidential shredding services to small and large companies throughout Western New York.

November 17, 2005

Senator Robach Announces New Traffic Signal Activated At Brandy Brook Lane

Senator Robach announced that the State DOT signal crews activated a new 3-color traffic light at the intersection of Latta Road (Rt. 18) and Brandy Brook Lane today in the company of local residents and a host of other elected officials.

November 17, 2005

Senator Robach Names Gary Beikirch To Veterans Hall Of Fame Honor

State Senator Joseph Robach today announced the induction of Gary Beikirch, a local Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, as among one of the first members of the newly established New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.The first-of-its-kind online Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community and significant accomplishments as a civilian.

November 17, 2005

Senator Robach Encourages Students To Participate In Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Contest

I would like to inform you and your students about an upcoming essay and fine arts contest honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.

New York State schools are invited to submit student essays and artwork based on Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence. The categories are writing, painting, drawing, sculpting and photography. All entries received will be placed on display for viewing one week prior to the King Observance on January 16, 2006 in Albany, New York at the Empire State Plaza.

November 1, 2005