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Carriage Factory Renovation Ground Breaking

Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to join in the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the renovation of the Carriage Factory Apartments. These are located on Litchfield Street in Rochester. The building, which was built in 1910 and has been vacant for the past 25 years, was once home to Cunningham Carriage Factory. Once renovations are complete, it will include 71 units of affordable rental housing to accommodate people with special needs through DePaul Community Services Inc. For more information on DePaul, visit http://www.depaul.org/.

March 28, 2013
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New York State Senate Passes 2013-2014 Budget

Budget Includes Senate Republican Proposals For Tax Relief To Create Jobs & To Help Middle Class Families; 

Keeps State Spending Growth Below 2% Again

 

March 27, 2013
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Senate Passes Alix's Law

Bill Would Make it Illegal for Driver to Leave Scene After Vehicle Hits Any Object

 

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.

 

The legislation (S1698A) responds to a drunk driving accident that killed a teenage girl in Amherst, Erie County. On July 8, 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver as she road home on her longboard. The driver argued that he was not aware he had hit a person and he was acquitted on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

 

March 25, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Announces Construction on I-490 Bridges in Monroe County to Begin in April

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction will begin next month on a project to replace four bridge decks on Interstate 490 in Monroe County. The work is part of a $13.8 million contract funded through the NY Works program. The project meets the goals of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.

 

The bridges carry eastbound and westbound I-490 over Chili Center Coldwater Road (Route 386) in Chili and eastbound and westbound I-490 over Route 204 (Airport Expressway) in Gates.

 

March 22, 2013
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, March 24th

In this week's Community Connection: the New York State Senate passes legislation increasing penalities for criminals who commit on-line crimes against children, upcoming events around the area, and important tax information if you have not filed your returns yet. Click on the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full screen.

March 22, 2013
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Senator Robach Supports Legislation To Toughen Penalties for Sex Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills cracking down on rapists and sex offenders by creating new crimes and increasing penalties.

 

Legislation (S.1459) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) ensures significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first-degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts, keeping dangerous felons off the streets for as long as possible.

March 21, 2013
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, March 17th

Here is the Community Connection for the week ending St. Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17th. In this week's issue: legislation which would allow New Yorkers to receive their tax refunds in a timely manner, upcoming events around the area in the week ahead, and Greece churches partner with Habitat for Humanity for their latest home project. Click on the PDF for a full-screen view of this week's issue. 

March 15, 2013
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Honoring Lake Shore Fire Department's Jim Strauss

Recently, I had the privilege to join Jim Strauss of the Lake Shore Fire Department as the Fire Department and Jim's family threw him a surprise 90th birthday party!

March 12, 2013
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Habitat for Humanity Dedicates New Home

Recently, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the dedication ceremony for a Habitat for Humanity Home in Rochester. Seven churches were involved in fundraising and volunteering to build the home.

 

The churches involved in this home were Aldersgate United Methodist, Bethany Presbyterian, Greece Baptist, Greece United Methodist, Hope Lutheran, Messiah Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal, with help from Holy Cross Roman Catholic.

March 12, 2013
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News and Views March 7, 2013

On March 7th, New York State Sentaor Joe Robach was a guest on News on Views while in Albany to discuss the Legislative Session.

March 12, 2013
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, March 10th

In this week's St. Patrick's Day-themed Community Connection: Upcoming events around the area; details regarding the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act; School 36 concludes Black History Month with student productions and a luncheon. Click on the PDF link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view.

March 8, 2013
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The Battery Celebrates 30 Years

On March 2nd, I had the privilege to attend the 30th Anniversary of The Battery, located in Gates. A small family owned and run business, The Battery is proud to have contributed to make reality the dreams of thousands of young people. We are proud of the Battery students who through the years have signed with Division 1 colleges and universities; proud of those who signed professional contracts , and proud to have a Battery-trained student in the major leagues.

March 7, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Infrastructure and Capital Investment Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Room 804 LOB

March 12, 12:00 PM - 12:03 PM
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Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium Legislative Breakfast on Domestic Violence

Last Thursday morning, I had the privilege to attend the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium Legislative Breakfast on Domestic Violence. Here I am with Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter and Town of Gates Police Chief David DiCaro.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Robach Comments on 2013 Family Tax Relief Act

On Monday, March 4th, I joined my Senate colleagues to announce the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act. For more information, visit http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/senator-robach-joins-senate-republ.... — at Legislative Office Building.

March 5, 2013
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Senator Robach Joins Senate Republicans To Unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Plan Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers

March 4, 2013
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, March 3rd

In this week's Community Connection: Updated information regarding the availability of income tax instruction manuals and forms; upcoming events around the area; and Prevention 1st hosts a home fire drill poster contest for students. Click on the PDF link below to read this week's Community in full-screen view.

March 1, 2013
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Visiting Students at Hilton's Village Elementary School

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to visit with and read to elementary school students at Hilton's Village Elementary School.

February 27, 2013
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Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Student Poster Contest

Recently, I had the privilege to help judge student poster submissions in the annual Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Poster Conest. The posters were on display at the Memorial Art Gallery. Congratulations to the winners, and to all the students for their great submissions!

February 27, 2013
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Rochester Lancers Honor Abby Wambach

On Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak to the crowd prior to the Rochester Lancers home game, where the team honored Abby Wambach. It was Abby's first public appearance since she joined the WNY Flash in January. Wambach was chosen as FIFA Player of the Year last month. She also signed autographs prior to kickoff. Here I am photographed with Soccer Sam Fantauzzo, Founder, CEO, and GM of the Rochester Lancers.

February 26, 2013
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