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Greece Historical Society 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Greece Historical Society celebrated the 25th anniversary of moving the Larkin-Beattie-Howe House from the corner of Latta Road and Long Pond Road to its current location at 595 Long Pond Road. I was honored to serve as an honorary host for this event.

August 9, 2013
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2013 National Night Out Against Crime

On Tuesday night, I celebrated National Night Out Against Crime in the Dewey-Stone neighborhood in the Town of Greece, and at Ontario Beach Park with the Charlotte Community Association. National Night Out is recognized nationwide to raise awareness for anti-crime efforts and to promote community-police partnerships.

August 8, 2013
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Port of Rochester Marina Press Conference

This morning, I joined Mayor Tom Richards and members of the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council at the Port of Rochester to announce that the City is now seeking a firm to begin construction on the exciting Marina project.

August 7, 2013
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Back to School Backpack and Supplies Drive

With the new school year quickly approaching, I'd like to announce that I will once again be holding my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive. From now until August 30, I will be collecting school supplies and backpacks to be donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet. 

Please click the link below for more information. Thank you for your help on this project. 

August 2, 2013
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FLRBA Send-off Breakfast

I had the pleasure of taking part in the annual Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association Youth Burn Camp Send-off Breakfast yesterday morning. These resilient children will take part in Camp Courage, a four day retreat for youth burn victims. This camp gives them a chance to participate in a wide array of activities that encourage creating a new and positive self-image. Special thanks to the Rochester Fire Department for hosting the send-off breakfast. 

 

August 2, 2013
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2nd Annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert

I was honored to attend the 2nd annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert was held at Greece Post 468 this past weekend. Post 468 did an incredible job planning this great event once again. 100% of the proceeds from this event went to the NY Warrior Alliance.

To this year's honorees, Cody Coopenberg, Danny Fittos and Christopher Velez - we humbly thank you for your service to our great nation, and for putting the lives of others above your own.

July 30, 2013
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Senator Robach's Legislation to Enhance Fire Prevention & Safety for College Students Signed Into Law

Robach’s Legislation to Enhance Fire Prevention and Safety for College Students Signed Into Law by Governor Cuomo 

The New York State Senate passed legislation during the 2013 Legislative Session to enhance fire prevention and safety for college-owned housing. This legislation was sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach and signed in to law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 25, 2013.

July 26, 2013
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News & Views with Senator Robach - July 2013

On Wednesday, July 24, Senator Robach was a guest on News & Views in Albany. In this episode, Joe discusses job creation in his hometown of Rochester and highlights from the recently completed 2013 Legislative Session. 

July 25, 2013
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Reading to Horizons Summer Program

I had a great time reading to Kindergarteners at the Horizons Summer Program at the Harley School for their annual Community Reading Day and Book Fair. This six week program focuses on math, reading and writing, and serves under-privileged youth from the City of Rochester.

July 23, 2013
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July 19, 2013 Community Connection

Read this week's Community Connection for helpful health and safety tips during the hot summer months, and upcoming events in the 56th Senate District. 

July 19, 2013
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New SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering Facility

Today, I had the privilege of joining Lt. Governor Duffy and other local leaders in announcing that the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering will be opening a solar manufacturing and technology development facility in the Town of Greece. SUNY CSNE will invest $100 million in to this one-of-a-kind project by transforming an empty 57,000 square foot facility, formerly used by Kodak, and will create 100 jobs for our community.

July 17, 2013
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Community Connection - July 12, 2013

This week's Community Connection features information about the 2013 New York State Summer Reading program for you to share with your children, upcoming events and things to do in the 56th Senate District and a feature on a great summer youth employment program from the City of Rochester and RochesterWorks.

July 12, 2013
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Rochester Regional Community Design Center Fund Program

Earlier this week, I joined Joni Monroe, Executive Director of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, to announce the first two grant recipients of their development & design fund program. This program provides grants to non-profits seeking to implement physical improvement projects in the City's northeast neighborhoods, and is funded by the generous Farash and Wolk Foundations.

Congratulations to the Dazzle School of Visual & Performing Arts, which is relocating to a building on Webster Avenue, and the Joseph Avenue Business Association, which is opening the Joseph Avenue Museum of History & Religion at 692 Joseph Avenue.

July 12, 2013
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City of Rochester & RochesterWorks Summer Youth Employment

Last night, I had the pleasure of welcoming participants of this year's City of Rochester and RochesterWorks summer employment program. I'm pleased to say that I've helped secure funding for this program the past few years; with the support of Mayor Richards and the City of Rochester, we're able to help over 400 youth gain summer employment and learn valuable skills for their future.

July 9, 2013
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Town of Gates 200th Birthday Celebration

This past weekend, the Town of Gates celebrated its 200th Birthday with a bang! It started with a parade from Gates Town Hall to Gates-Chili High School. The celebration continued with performances by the Jig's Up String Band, Keys to the Caddy and the infamous Lou Gramm Band. 

The Town of Gates was incorporated on April 1, 1813, making it one of the oldest towns in Monroe County. 

I'm pictured here with the great Lou Gramm and Monroe County Legislator Steve Tucciarello.

July 1, 2013
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Community Connection, June 28, 2013

This week's Community Connection features highlights from the Eastman Business Park Community Update held on June 28, upcoming events in the 56th Senate District and information on regulatory reform bills passed by my Senate colleagues and I. 

June 28, 2013
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Eastman Business Park Community Update

I was honored to join Lt. Governor Duffy and other local leaders at today's Eastman Business Park community update where we announced an agreement between New York State and Kodak. This agreement will help attract more businesses and bring more jobs to our community, and features three major components -

June 28, 2013
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2013 Wilson Magnet High School Graduation

On Saturday, June 22, I was pleased to join the 2013 class of Wilson Magnet High School at their graduation ceremony. Best of luck to the 300+ graduates of this year's class, we know you will represent our community well! I'm pictured here with Assistant to the Mayor Darryl Porter and graduates Cameron and Bailey. 

June 24, 2013
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11th Annual Rochester Juneteenth Celebration

Last weekend, I joined 1,000 fellow Rochester residents at Susan B. Anthony Square to celebrate the 11th annual local Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863, but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that slaves in Galveston, Texas, got word that the Civil War had ended and all the enslaved were free.

June 19, 2013
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5th Annual Rochester Hope for Pets Benefit Dog Walk

I was privileged to kick off the Hope for Pets Walk last weekend at Highland Park. Rochester Hope for Pets assists pets whose owners are facing financial hardships. Thanks to all those who walked to help support this important organization! For more information about them, please check out their website on rochesterhopeforpets.org.

June 18, 2013
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