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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
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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
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill To Create Tax Check Off For World Trade Center Memorial Fund

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.3417) that would provide a tax check-off box on personal income tax and corporate franchise tax returns for gifts to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.

The World Trade Center Memorial honors those lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The State has established the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation to raise additional funds for the construction and operation of this historic memorial.

September 29, 2005
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Senator Robach Urges Consumers To Be Educated About Gas Prices & Gouging

In response to the large amount of calls from constituents, Senator Robach is reminding Rochester area residents that New York State has a Gasoline Price Gouging Hotline that residents can call to report suspected gas price gouging.

"I’ve been approached by numerous constituents expressing their concern and dismay over the rate of gasoline price increases and many people feel they are being taken advantage of," said Senator Robach.

September 1, 2005
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Senator Joe Robach Informs Constituents About Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

Senator Robach today announced constituents can assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi by making cash donations to voluntary relief organizations.

According to the federal government, cash donations are the most helpful to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states because it allows volunteer agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs.

September 1, 2005
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Senator Robach Announces Legislation Requiring Prescription

Senator Robach today announced a new law that will require prescription drug prices to be posted online to give consumers easy access to the drug price list, allowing them to electronically comparison shop for prescription drugs on the Internet and help senior citizens save money.

The previous law required pharmacies to produce a weekly updated prescription drug price list and make copies available to consumers.

August 10, 2005
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Senator Robach Announces The Signing Of Campaign Finance Reform Bill

Senator Robach announced today that the Governor signed a campaign finance reform bill that will extend computerized disclosure requirements to local races and improve public access to campaign finance records.

"Computerizing local records will enable the public to have better access to campaign finance records as well as state board of elections to better monitor and enforce campaign contribution limits" stated Senator Robach.

August 10, 2005
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Senator Robach Honors Mary Angerame With Woman Of Distinction Award

Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Mary Angerame of Brighton with the 2005 Senate Woman of Distinction Award on Tuesday, June 14, as a part of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony in Albany.

"Too often in society we don’t say thank you enough," Robach said. "This award ceremony is a great opportunity for us to honor Mary Angerame’s tireless work to improve the health care of the greater Rochester community, especially for children, families and those affected by serious and terminal illness.

July 26, 2005
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Senate Medicaid Reform Task Force To Hold Medicaid Fraud Hearings

Senator Joseph E. Robach today announced that the Senate Medicaid Reform Task Force will hold a series of statewide hearings on Medicaid fraud to build support for State action on a problem that is costing New York taxpayers billions of dollars.

"These hearings will help New Yorkers understand the root of the problem and give the Assembly the push they need to enact reforms to change New York’s Medicaid system" stated Senator Robach.

The statewide hearings will solicit input from experts in the Medicaid, health care and law enforcement fields.

July 26, 2005
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Senator Robach Honors Two Area Women With Distinction Award

Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Mary Angerame and Dr. Ruth Scott with the 2005 Senate Woman of Distinction Award on Tuesday as a part of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony in Albany.

"This award ceremony is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Mary Angerame’s tireless work to improve health care for children, families and those affected by serious and terminal illness and Dr. Scott’s long and distinguished record of community service as an educator, a political leader, a banker and a consultant," Robach said.

July 26, 2005
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Senator Robach Honors Dr. Ruth Scott With Woman Of Distinction Award

Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Dr. Ruth Scott with the 2005 Senate Woman of Distinction Award on Tuesday as a part of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony in Albany.

"This award ceremony is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Dr. Scott’s long and distinguished record of community service as an educator, a political leader, a banker and a consultant," Robach said. "It is an honor and a privilege to present the 2005 Senate Woman of Distinction Award to Dr. Ruth Scott."

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July 26, 2005
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Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Direct Wine Shipments

Senator Robach announced today that the NYS Senate approved legislation (S.5731) to authorize the direct shipment of wine into and out of New York State.

July 26, 2005
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Robach Announces Passage Of Legislation To Protect Dial-up Internet Consumers

Senator Robach announced that the Senate passed legislation (S.4109) that would ensure that Internet users have adequate warning that some access numbers may involve long-distance phone charges.

June 17, 2005
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Robach Announces The Passage Of Initiative And Referendum Legislation In Senate

Senator Robach announced today that the Senate has passed a constitutional amendment (S.1370) that would give New Yorkers a more direct role in the legislative process by empowering them to enact and amend laws through initiative and referendum.

"As a long time advocate for government reform, I strongly believe that this is an important step to changing the way the New York Legislature does business" stated Senator Robach.

June 15, 2005
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Senator Robach Honors Dr. David Du Bois With Achievers' Award

Senator Joseph E. Robach presented Dr. David Du Bois with the 2005 Senate Achievers’ Award on Tuesday, May 24th, as part of the New York State Senate’s 24th Annual Disabilities Awareness Day.

"As an active member of our community, Dr. Du Bois has worked tirelessly to improve the rights and lives of those living with developmental disabilities in the Rochester area," Robach said. "It is an honor and a privilege to present the 2005 Senate Achievers’ Award to Dr. Du Bois."

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May 31, 2005
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Robach Announces Senate's Plan To Crackdown On Medicaid Fraud

NYS Senator Joe Robach announced today the Senate majority’s plan to call for a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s Medicaid fraud detection effort with the goal of dramatically reducing corruption and waste, and increasing the amounts of money returned to taxpayers.

Senate legislation restructures the detection, investigation and prosecution of Medicaid fraud in New York by strengthening and streamlining the roles of the Health Department and Attorney General, and creates a new Medicaid Inspector General to help uncover fraud, waste and abuse.

April 15, 2005
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On-time Budget Yes, Reform Measures Must Continue

It is always a good day when something you have worked long and hard for comes to fruition. The Legislature passing a budget prior to the April 1st deadline through an open conference committee process is a historic moment in New York history. School districts, not for profits and other critically important organizations and programs will be able to avoid financial obstacles as they now have time to plan for the upcoming year.

As many of you know, passing an on-time budget and budget reform has been a career long objective.

April 5, 2005
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Senator Joe Robach Announces Aid Increase For Brighton Schools

Senator Joseph Robach today announced that the Brighton Central School District will receive an increase in school aid this year, a nearly $314,302 or 4% increase over the Governor’s proposal. The Governor’s budget would have slightly cut funding to the school district by approximately $30,000.

April 1, 2005
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Robach Announces Cost Savings For Monroe County In 2005-06 Budget

Monroe County will save approximately $8.6 million in 2006 as a result of a cap on County Medicaid and the Family Health Plus Program at 2005 levels.

March 28, 2005
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Senator Joe Robach Announces Irish Scholarship Essay Contest

Senator Joe Robach is pleased to announce the 2005-06 academic year competition for two scholarships being sponsored by the New York State American-Irish Legislators Society.

March 16, 2005
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