Joseph E. Robach

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The Outdoor Group Opens Shop in Monroe County

I recently had the opportunity to help welcome the Outdoor Group to Monroe County as they move their headquarters and manufacturing operations to the Town of Henrietta. A holding company for a variety of outdoor and archery businesses, including Elite Archery, the Outdoor Group will employ over 100 people at its new location. It's a remarkable story, started in the basement of owner Peter Crawford's home, and has grown to one of the outdoor and archery manufacturers in the country. Congratulations to Peter and the entire team at the Outdoor Group, and thank you for choosing Monroe County for your new headquarters!

May 14, 2015

CP Rochester 5k

I was pleased to recently help kickoff the annual CP Rochester 5k. CP Rochester has been serving our community for nearly 70 years, supporting individuals of all ages and abilities in living a full and rewarding life. Many thanks to everyone who came out to support this great organization. 

May 12, 2015

BCCR Pink Ribbon Walk & Run

On Mother's Day morning, I was pleased joined the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester for its annual Pink Ribbon Walk and Run at Genesee Valley Park. I have been proud to support this fundraiser and the BCCR for many years, and have seen the positive impact of the Breast Cancer Coalition's work. It was another great turnout of over 4,000 people came out to participate and support BCCR, thanks to all who came out!

May 11, 2015

Willow Domestic Violence Center

Members of Alternatives for Battered Women recently announced that the agency is re-naming itself as the Willow Domestic Violence Center. After nearly 40 years as Alternatives for Battered Women, the Willow Domestic Violence Center will still offer the same service and assitance for ALL victims of domestic violence - female or male, young or old, the Willow Center is available to help. For more information, visit their new website at

May 8, 2015

Memorial Sign Dedication for RPD Officer Daryl Pierson

I was incredibly humbled and honored to join the family of fallen RPD Officer Daryl Pierson, members of the RPD and the Rochester community to dedicate a memorial sign at the site where Officer Pierson was tragically killed in the line of duty. Located at the corner of Ernst Street and Hudson Avenue, this sign will forever remind our community of the ultimate sacrifice Daryl made protecting our streets. Many thanks to Sgt. Justin Collins and the members of the Badge of Honor Association for their work in getting this sign displayed.

For more photos from this moving ceremony, click here. 

May 7, 2015

Senator Robach Honors Kim Condon of Brighton With the NYS Senate Woman of Distinction Award

Annual Program Honors Women’s Contributions to Our Community

Senator Joe Robach is proud to recognize Kim Condon of Brighton with the New York State Senate’s 2015 Woman of Distinction Award in Albany. 

The “Woman of Distinction” program was created in 1998 as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month and honors New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or act of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.

May 6, 2015

Announcing $2.3 Million in Childcare Subsidies for Monroe County

I was proud to join my colleague Senator Rich Funke, George Rommell of the YMCA of Rochester, County Executive Maggie Brooks and Mayor Lovely Warren to announce that in this years' state budget, we were able to secure $2.3 million in childcare subsides for Monroe County. This funding will do tremendous good in making sure that familes and hard working single parents in our community have safe and responsible child care for their children.

May 5, 2015

March of Dimes March for Babies

I am proud to support the March of Dimes and was pleased to join fellow supporters and volunteers at their March for Babies on Saturday morning. This is a great event that helps raise awareness for all of the good things the March of Dimes does for families in our community. Thanks to everyone who participated and donated to this effort!

May 5, 2015

Submit Your Comments to the State Education Department

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo attempted to enact far-reaching educational reforms as part of the 2015-2016 New York State budget. 

My Senate colleagues and I, very early on in this year's budget adoption process, rejected the broad scope of the original Cuomo education reform plan and, in particular, the plan's over-reliance on testing.

April 22, 2015

The New Gates Public Library Early Learning Center

It was an exciting day at the Gates Public Library yesterday as we cut the ribbon on the new Early Learning Center. I was proud to secure a $15,000 grant to help transform this unoccupied space in the library into a fun area for children to learn and play. I am certain this will be a popular addition to the Gates Public Library!

Click here for more pictures from the new Early Learning Center!

April 21, 2015

Greece Tree Planting in Honor of Jerry Helfer

I was honored to join my colleagues in government to help plant a tree on the Greece Town Campus in memory of Jerry Helfer. I was fortunate to work with Jerry in his roles at Monroe County and the Town of Greece, he truly embodied the meaning public employee and was always attentative to the needs of his constituents. This was a wonderful tribute Jerry and his family.  

Click here for more photos from this ceremony.

April 20, 2015

Groundbreaking at the Seymour Library

I was excited to help break ground on the new Local History Room addition to the Seymour Library in Brockport. The addition was made possible through funding from the State Education Department, which I was pleased to support. I can't wait to go back for the ribbon cutting in November!

April 20, 2015

Federal Legislation to Bolster Manufacturing

I was pleased to join U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at RIT as she announced new federal legislation that would designate "manufacturing universities" to help strengthen engineering programs and bolster manufacturing in America. Our region, with our skilled workforce, and RIT could benefit from the passage of this legislation.

April 17, 2015

Monroe County/City of Rochester Crime Victims' Coalition

I joined the Monroe County/City of Rochester Coalition for Crime Victims to help kickoff National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which will take place from April 19 - April 25. National Crime Victims' Rights Week highlights the support crime victims need in their road to recovery. Many thanks to all of the local law enforcement officials and advocacy agencies in our community that help crime victims every day. 

April 16, 2015

Scott Spino Foundation Honored

Congratulations to the Scott Spino Foundation for receiving the Friends of Education Award from the School Administrators Association of New York State. Geri and Jerry Spino have dedicated their lives to remembering their son Scott, a popular RCSD teacher who was tragically killed by a drunk driver, by raising money and donating books to local schools. I had the privilege of awarding Geri with the New York State Senate's Woman of Distinction Award in 2014. Once again congratulations to Geri, Jerry and everyone involved with the Scott Spino Foundation, it certainly is a well deserved recognition. 

April 14, 2015


Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 56th Senatorial District. Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is: Eli Curwin6th GradeThe Harley School

April 10, 2015

GM Foundation Gives Back

I was honored to join the hard working men and women of General Motors as they presented checks of $10,000 to the United Way and $5,000 to Holy Childhood on behalf of the GM Foundation. It's always great to see our corporate partners give back to local charities and non-profit organizations that make a huge impact in the lives of people in our community. Many thanks to the GM Foundation, the members of the UAW and all of the hard working employees of the Lexington Road plant for their generosity!

April 9, 2015

Rochester Lyric Opera Announces New Home

The Rochester Lyric Opera announced today that they will be tranforming the former First Church of Christ, Scientist into its new home for performances. Lyric Hall, as it will be called, will seat 900 people in its main hall and will have a smaller, 150 person cabaret-style theater in the rear. This venue will also feature other performances, including the Rochester International Jazz Festival later this year. Congratulations, I can't wait to see the finished product!

April 8, 2015

Cinelli's Pizza Kitchen Opens in Greece

I was pleased to recently help welcome Cinelli's Pizza Kitchen to the Town of Greece. Located in Stoney Creek Plaza on Long Pond Road, Cinelli's offers great food, service and a welcoming atmosphere. Congratulations and welcome to Greece!

April 7, 2015

Intergenerational Fishing Derby

It was a beautiful morning for some fishing! I joined residents young and old from throughout Monroe County at Powder Mills Park for the annual Intergenerational Fishing Derby. Thanks to Monroe County for planning this great day and ordering this beautiful weather! I hope everyone had a fun and successful day at Powder Mills Park.

April 2, 2015