Governor Pulls Driver''s License Plan

I am pleased to inform you that Governor Spitzer has abandoned his plan to give licenses to illegal aliens because the people of this state abandoned him and overwhelmingly said he was wrong.His plan was developed in secret, behind closed doors, and without any input from the Legislature, the experts or the people. When he sprung his plan on a surprised public, it triggered an uprising among average citizens and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels.

November 14, 2007

Senator Robach And Senator Maziarz To Host Public Hearing On Keeping Kids On The Right Track

Senator Robach and Senator Maziarz announced today that they will be hosting a public hearing on Friday, October 12th, titled ‘Keeping Kids On The Right Track’ – strategies to help at risk youth avoid dropping out of school and becoming part of the growing problem of youth violence.

Senator Robach stated "With the growing trend of violence in the Rochester area, it is critically important to keep our youth off the streets and in schools.

October 25, 2007

Senate Passes 3 Key Pieces Of Legislation

SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROHIBIT DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would stop Governor Spitzer’s plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens by requiring a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers license or non-driver identification card.

October 23, 2007

Robach Presents Two Local Veterans With NYS Military Awards

On Saturday, November 10th, New York State Senator Joe Robach presented two local veterans several New York State Military Awards.  Mr. James Hopkins, of Greece, was awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Star, as well as the State Medal for Merit for his service in the Vietnam War.  His father, Mr.

October 11, 2007

Useful Government Links

Dear Friend:Gift cards are an extremely popular holiday present for loved ones, friends, and coworkers. However, before you buy a gift card this holiday season, you need to be aware of your rights under New York State gift card laws.New York State’s gift card laws protect the value of gift cards from being diminished by hidden fees. The laws also require companies to inform consumers if any terms and conditions apply to the gift card, including expiration dates, fees, and whether a replacement card will be issued if the card is lost, stolen, or destroyed.


August 30, 2007

Senator Robach Honors Brighton Resident, Jessie Marvin Lazeroff , As The Woman Of Distinction In The 56th Senate District

Senator Joe Robach presented Jessie Marvin Lazeroff with the 2007 Senate Woman of Distinction Award on August 22nd at 7pm at Brighton Town Hall as part of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony.

"Jessie Marvin Lazeroff is a pillar of the greater Rochester community. Throughout her life as a Rochester resident, she has worn many hats and has contributed so much in the areas of economic development, education and community service," stated Senator Robach.

August 23, 2007

Robach Legislation To Adjust Medicaid Rates And Reward Hospitals In New York State For Doing The Right Thing Passes The Legislature

New York State will also benefitfrom this legislation.

Senator Robach said, “Highland Hospital performs a vital mission in our community. They need to receive proper payment for the services they provide so they can reinvest and continue providing high quality health care services to our community.

July 25, 2007

Senator Robach Helps Secure Funding For The Rochester Bioenterprise Center

“Rochester is one of the top communities for higher learning and the University of Rochester remains at the forefront of biotechnology research,” stated Senator Joe Robach, “Converting an existing laboratory building into an incubator for bioscience-related commercial ventures will provide the necessary tool for emerging companies to become the future employers of our community.

July 25, 2007

Senator Robach Announces Senate Passage Of Funding For Facilities Modernization Plan In Rochester City School District

Senator Joe Robach announced  that the State Senate today passed his legislation (S.6347-A), a multi-million dollar funding bill that will help the Rochester City School District undertake a major renovation project to improve a number of its aging school buildings.  This bill also allows the District and the City of Rochester to form a joint schools construction board to manage and finance a comprehensive facilities modernization plan for Rochester’s

July 17, 2007

Robach Legislation Creating New Agency To Aid The Hearing Impaired Signed Into Law

Senator Joe Robach announced today that legislation he sponsored in the State Senate designed to improve the delivery and development of services for New York’s deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing citizens was signed into law by the Governor. The bill, which passed unanimously in the Senate, was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Joe Morelle and also passed unanimously in that house.Senator Robach said, "I was proud to sponsor this bill in the State Senate and to have fought for its passage.

July 5, 2007

Senate Majority Passes Comprehensive Plan To Overhaul Property Tax System In New York State

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

July 4, 2007

Senate Passes Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Bill

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.

June 19, 2007

Senator Robach Awards Pattie Anthony Of Greece With 2007 Woman Of Distinction Award

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.

June 7, 2007

Robach Announces Historic Rochester Brewery To Expand, Add Product Lines

High Falls to enter new, diverse markets, such as energy drinks.

May 24, 2007

Senator Robach And Mayor Duffy Announce $1 Million In State Funding For Completed Hemlock Lake Dam And Spillway Rehabilitation Project


Project Improved Overall Safety of Dam Used to Create Reservoir for City Water Supply

State Senator Joe Robach and Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy today announced that the City of Rochester will receive $1 million in funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

May 24, 2007

Senator Robach Announces Passage Of Legislation To Prohibit Investments That Support Genocide In Darfur

“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.

May 24, 2007

Senator Robach Announces Upstate Now -- A Comprehensive Job Growth & Economic Development Plan For Upstate

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.

May 15, 2007

Robach Announces Passage Of Domestic Violence Package

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.

April 26, 2007

Robach Announces Term Limits Proposed For Statewide Officials, Legislative Leaders And Committee Chairs

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,

April 17, 2007

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 1, 2007