Joseph E. Robach

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 18, 2013

ABATE Flag Day Freedom Rally

This weekend, I had the oppurtunity to join the Monroe County chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) has they held their 12th annual Flag Day Freedom Rally and Motorcycle Run at Washington Square Park.

June 18, 2013

33rd Annual Community Health Fair

This Saturday, I joined WDKX Radio and the Rochcester Jamaican Organization at the 33rd Annual Community Health Fair. Witih such a great turnout, I want to thank all the volunteers and everyone who attended!

June 17, 2013

2013 CURE Picnic

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in the 10th Annual CURE Chilhood Cancer Survivors Day Picnic. This year the event was held at Genesee Valley Park. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible. I am greatful for being part of such an inspirational event.

June 14, 2013

Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, June 9th

In this week's community connection: details on Thursday's Career Fair for Business and Techincal Professionals and this past weekend's 7th Annual New York National Fallen Firefighters Golf Tournament; upcoming events around the 56th Senate District in the week ahead. Click the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view.

June 7, 2013

2013 Career Fair for Business and Technical Professionals

Looking for employment or a career change? Come meet prospective employers in the fields of health care, manufacturing, engineering, professional services industries, and more! Sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, Monroe Community College, RochesterWorks!, Time Warner Cable, The August Group, Democrat and Chronicle Media Group.


Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013

Time: 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. 

Location: Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Monroe A & B, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Parking: Use Lots M and M1 (to the rear of the campus, follow signs)

Employers Scheduled to Participate:

June 6, 2013

Awards Dinner Honoring Paul Montanarello and Gladys Vasciannie

Recently, I attended an event to honor Paul Montanarello and Gladys Vasciannie. Both Paul and Gladys have dedicated much of their lives to education and helping individuals within the Rochester City School District. We are very fortunate to have not only Paul and Gladys, but the many people who dedicate their time helping and shaping the youth of our community. Thank you for all that you do!

June 5, 2013

2013 Monroe County Special Olympics Track & Field Games

Today, I had the opportunity to join hundreds of participants and their families at the 2013 Monroe County Special Olympics Track and Field Games at Lebeau Field at Hilton High School. I would like to thank Hilton Central School District for hosting the event. A special thank you to those who have been involved in making this year's Special Olympics such a huge success! Everyone was a winner today!

May 31, 2013

Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, June 2nd

In this week's community connection: details on Thursday's Career Fair for Business and Techincal Professionals; upcoming events around the 56th Senate District in the week ahead, and looking back at Memorial Day events around the area. Click the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view.

May 31, 2013

Speaking With Students at Leadership Academy for Young Men

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak with students at the Rochester City School District Leadership Academy for Young Men. We discussed the duties of state government and what students need to do to be successful throughout high school and beyond. Here I am photographed with principal Wakili Moore and some of the students from the Leadership Academy for Young Men.

May 28, 2013

Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, May 26th

A special Memorial Day-themed Community Connection this week for you. In this week's issue, looking back at the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Inductions this week, events around the district to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, and some history about the holiday. To read this week's version in full-screen view, click on the link below.

May 24, 2013

News and Views May 22, 2013

On Wednesday, May 22nd, Senator Robach was a guest on News and Views in Albany. Watch the video to hear his discuss this week's NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame inductions, Mental Health State Aid, and Ethics Reform.

May 23, 2013