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.
Any New Yorker with concerns about breast cancer is urged to call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at 800-877-8077. For 27 years this program has been offering information and emotional support to women, men, and their families. Trained volunteers who are all breast cancer survivors staff the hotline.
"We can direct callers to resources in their own community and also provide telephone support through our social workers and volunteers," says Hillary Rutter, LCSW, the director of the program.
Senator Joseph Robach held a ceremony this afternoon with County Executive Maggie Brooks to recognize the 26 students and 20 employers who participated in the second annual RochesterWorks! Digital Afternoons Program. Digital Afternoons is an innovative job-readiness program that trains high school students in technology and business and provides them with paid summer internships at local companies. Brooks launched the program in 2005. Senator Robach secured a $45,000 State grant for the program this year. Brooks and Robach were also joined by representatives of RochesterWorks!
Senator Robach and the Rochester Senate delegation today awarded $500,000 in New York state funds to equip and renovate the projection booth of the historic Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House. For 55 years the Dryden Theatre has been the sole exhibition space for the George Eastman House’s unique collection of more than 28,000 motion picture titles dating from 1895 to present day. The current projectors of the Dryden Theatre booth are the original ones installed in 1951, when the theater opened its doors.
Senator Robach today launched a registration effort for Purple Heart Medal recipients of the Monroe County for induction in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. The Hall itself is slated to open this November in Vails Gate, Orange County.
"Athletes, actors and musicians have countless halls of fame and other venues to celebrate their accomplishments. Now, I am happy to report, heroes of a higher order will also have a hall in their honor," said Senator Joseph Robach.