Joseph E. Robach

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Ridge Road Fire District 9/11 Ceremony

On Tuesday morning, September 11th, I had the honor to attend the Ridge Road Fire District's Remembrance Ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago today. A wreath was planted at the Ridge Road Fire District 9/11 Memorial, flags were lowered to half-staff, and a bell was rung at 8:46 a.m., which marks the time that the first plane hit the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.

September 11, 2012
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Remembering Those Who Perished On 09-11-01

Eleven years ago, our Nation was attacked, and our way of life was changed forever. Terrorists killed thousands of innocent victims in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Today, we remember all of those who perished on that terrible day. I hope that you and your family will spend some time together, thinking about those who lost their lives and the families they left behind. There are a number of community events today and tonight that people can attend to reflect and remember. Not only on this anniversary, but continually, we shall Never Forget.

September 11, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, September 9th

In this week's community connection, a message for our students as they return to school; visiting with students and faculty at Flower City School #54 on the first day; and upcoming events in the week ahead. Click the PDF link below to read this week's community connection in full-screen.

September 6, 2012
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Tap & Table Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Last Thursday, I had the privilege to speak the ribbon cutting ceremony for Tap & Table. Tap & Table is a restaurant located at Corn Hill Landing. It is open Mondays-Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. and on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. until Midnight. It serves lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks. For more information on Tap & Table, visit their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/tapandtableROC.

September 6, 2012
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First Day of School

Today, many of our students across the area started the 2012-2013 school year. I had the privilege to join the students, faculty, and staff at Flower City School #54 in the city for their first day of school! Students had the opportunity to meet City of Rochester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and take part in activities on The Green Machine. The Green Machine is a solar powered research vehicle, designed by Monroe #1 BOCES Technology Service. It is an interactive mobile science labratory that provides state-of-the-art technology in a curriculum-rich environment. It includes five workstations (CSI, Ecology, Geography, Zoology, and Medical), which students are assigned to work together in a specified scenario to solve a mystery.

September 5, 2012
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Genesee Brew House Ribbon Cutting

On Friday afternoon, I had the privilege to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Genesee Brew House. The Brew House will open this upcoming weekend, on Saturday, September 8. The Brew House features an exhibit gallery, a pilot brewery which will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily, and a pub-style restaurant, which is also open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. For more information, visit http://www.geneseebeer.com/brew-house.

September 4, 2012
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2012 Labor Day Parade

On Monday, I had the privilege to participate in the 2012 Labor Day Parade. It was great to see so many families, and familiar faces, along the parade route! Thank you to all of those who take time out of their holiday to take part in the parade and to attend it!

September 4, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, September 2nd

In this week's Community Connection, an important reminder for back to school shopping, upcoming events around the area in the week ahead, and kicking off the new school year with kids at School #36! Click the link below to read this week's community connection in full-screen.

August 30, 2012
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Ruby Shooz Closes Out 2012 Concerts by the Shore

On Wednesday night, I had the privilege to help close out the 2012 Concerts by the Shore season. A very large crowd was treated to a performance by Ruby Shooz! Thank you to Joe Carrozzi, Jean Carrozzi, and all of the volunteers on the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee for their commitment and hard work throughout the summer! This year's season featured NO rain outs, superb family entertainment and many good times! It was great to see so many familiar faces in the big crowd last night. Hope to see you all back next summer!

August 30, 2012
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Back to School Reminder: No State Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases Up to $110

Believe it or not, it’s back-to-school time again! Preparing our kids for a new school year can be a fun and exciting time, but with so many families feeling an economic crunch these days, it can be a stressful time as well. That’s why I wanted to remind you of some good news that is sure to help your back-to-school budget. Shoppers will not pay state sales tax on clothing purchases up to $110. Clothing purchases can be a big part of a family budget, and I was pleased to support this tax cut to help hardworking New Yorkers keep more money in their pockets. Repealing the sales tax on clothing is projected to save a typical family of four nearly $200 a year.

August 30, 2012
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New Playground For Students at School #36

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground at School #36. The playground is just one of the improvements to the school since the end of the school year in June. Following the ceremony, students and their parents were welcome to tour the school and see the changes to the exterior and interior of the building. Best wishes to the all the students, faculty, and staff at School #36 for a successful school year!

August 29, 2012
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Greece Central School District Summer Graduation

(Rochester, NY) - Last Thursday, I had the privilege to speak at the ceremony to honor Greece Central School Distirct graduates. Diplomas were given for students who completed the General Education Development (GED) program through adult literacy and the Bridges program and high school students. 83-year old Jerry Oransky received the New York State Operation Recognition award. Through this program, veterans can earn their high school diploma if they left school without graduating.

August 28, 2012
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Town of Greece Citizens Police Academy Graduation Picnic

Last Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to speak to, and meet with, graduates of the Town of Greece Citizens Police Academy. This was the 16th Annual Picnic to celebrate the accomplishments of residents and past graduates who have gone through this program. Thank you to all of you who help make our community safe.

August 28, 2012
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Senator Robach, Business Leaders Call on Thruway Authority Not to Increase Tolls

- New York State Thruway Authority Mulling 45 Percent Toll Hike For Commercial Trucks –

 

Rochester, NY – This morning, New York State Senator Joe Robach (R-I-C, Monroe County), and John Batiste, President and CEO of Klein Steel Service, Inc. in Rochester, joined other local small business owners and business organizations to highlight the negative effects the proposed toll hikes would have for commercial trucks on the New York State Thruway.

 

The New York State Thruway Authority has proposed a 45 percent toll increase for commercial trucks on the Thruway. According to the Thruway Authority, this increase, if enacted, would be implemented by October.

 

August 27, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, August 26th

In this week's Community Connection: information regarding my 5th Annual Women's Wellness Fair, upcoming events around the area in the week ahead, and The College at Brockport breaks ground on the first new academic building on the campus in 40 years. Click the PDF link below to read it in full-screen.

August 24, 2012
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101 Mobility Opens in Rochester

On Friday, August 17th, I had the privilege to attend the grand opening ceremony for 101 Mobility, located at 1249 Ridgeway Avenue. 101 Mobility is a local provider of mobility and accessibility equipment. Their local staff of consultants and service personnel install and service hundreds of auto lifts, stair lifts, turning seats, modular ramps and platform lifts each year. For more information, visit www.101mobility.com.

August 23, 2012
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Countdown to 95th PGA Championship

Earlier Thursday morning, I had the privilege to attend an event at the Greater Rochester International Airport to launch the official countdown to the 2013 PGA Championship. Next year's tournament will take place from August 5th through August 11th at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford. During today's event, the official countdown clock was unveiled, and the Wanamaker Trophy arrived in Rochester. The trophy, presented to the winner of the PGA Championship each year, will be at the airport for the next year. For more information on the PGA Championship, visit www.pgachampionship.com.

August 23, 2012
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Empire State College Announces Agreement for New Brighton Campus

I was pleased to join Dean Franz, Assemblyman Joe Morelle, and others today to announce the agreed upon location of Empire State College in Brighton on property currently owned by the state, located on Westfall Road. Empire State College is an important part of SUNY, allowing adult-learners and people in the work force to have flexible curriculums in pursuit of their professional degrees.

August 22, 2012
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Brooks Court Ground Breaking

Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in a ground-breaking ceremony to kick off a $5.5 million redevelopment plan on Genesee Street in Rochester. Brooks Court will soon be the home of new single-family 1 1/2 - 2 story homes. These homes will have individual garages, front porches, and vinyl siding. They are estimated to be priced between $150,000 and $180,000. The homes are scheduled to be ready for occupancy in late fall. For more information on the project, visit http://www.woodstonecustomhomesinc.com/brookscourt.html.

August 22, 2012
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Vibe Lounge Opens in Rochester

On Friday, August 17th, I had the privilege to take part in the grand opening ceremony of Vibe Lounge. Vibe is located at Willage Gate and offers jazz trios, funk/blues and neo-souls bands. The lounge has 4,200 square foot of space indoors and features courtyard seating outside.

August 22, 2012
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