Joseph E. Robach

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Senator Robach's Comments on the 2015-2016 New York State Budget

For the fifth consecutive year we have successfully passed an on-time State Budget. This budget includes a significant increase in aid for Rochester and Monroe County schools, property tax relief for hard working men, women and families, and $1 billion to improve Upstate roads and bridges.

April 1, 2015

New York State Senate Passes Legislation Requiring Prompt Delivery of State Tax Refunds

Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Joe Robach

The New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S1782), co-sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, that would ensure timely payment of state income tax refunds. The bill requires the state Department of Taxation and Finance to pay tax refunds within 30 days of receiving a taxpayer’s return, unless there is a discrepancy in the return.

As the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns within New York State approaches, it is important that all New Yorkers who overpaid their state taxes receive their refunds in a reasonable amount of time. However, there have been many instances of taxpayers having to wait three months or more before they received their refunds from the state.

March 26, 2015

Senator Robach Announces Collegiate Scholarships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Senator Joe Robach Announces Collegiate Scholarships

New York State Senator Joe Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,500 scholarships, which will be awarded in June at their Annual Legislative Conference Day.  

March 25, 2015

Recognizing Kinship Caregivers

Today, I joined kinship caregivers and kinship advocates in announcing that September 2015 will be Kinship Care Month in New York. We are fortunate to live in a state that is among the leaders nationwide in recognizing kinship caregivers for stepping up to raise at-risk youth. I applaud all those who take the time to give New York's children the care, attention and love they need to become healthy adults.

March 24, 2015

News & Views - YMCA Advocacy Day

I recently had the opportunity to host George Romell, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Rochester on News & Views. George and I talked about all of the different programs and services that are offered at YMCAs throughout New York. Many thanks to everyone at the YMCA for their dedication to making our communities healthier, friendly and a better place to live.

March 19, 2015

2015 YMCA Champion Award

I was honored to receive the 2015 YMCA Champion Award at the YMCA Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. The YMCA provides a safe, nurturing environment for children, seniors and families, and helps promote friendship, comradery and so much more. Thank you to the YMCAs of New York for this honor, I am truly humbled and proud to support this great organization.

March 18, 2015

World Gym Greece Grand Opening

World Gym recently opened its newest location in the Mall at Greece Ridge Center. This state of the art fitness center offers everything from free weights and cardio machines, to group fitness classes, child care and tanning. Congratulations to everyone at World Gym Greece, and welcome to the Greece Community!

Click here to see more pictures of World Gym Greece!

March 6, 2015

Local Roads Matter!

Local Roads Matter! As Senate Transportation Chairman, I am proud to fight for increased funding in this year's State Budget to repair roads and bridges throughout Upstate New York. If there's a commitment for a billion dollars for the Tappan Zee Bridge, then there should be a commitment for a matching billion dollars for Upstate roads and bridges!

March 4, 2015

Build a Better New York Press Conference

I joined Aaron Hilger and hard working men and women from across New York to call for increased funding and investment in our state's aging transportation infrastructure like our roads and bridges. This will create good paying jobs and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

March 3, 2015

Build a Better New York

Today, I had the opportunity to co-sponsor Build a Better New York Day at the State Capitol, joining hard working men and women from across the state to call for an investment in our aging infrastructure.

March 2, 2015

Veterans Outreach Center Forum

Many thanks to the Veterans Outreach Center and Executive Director Todd Baxter for inviting me to give an overview of programs and initiatives that the State Legislature has passed or proposed to assist New York veterans. The Veterans Outreach Center is a great resource for area veterans and their families, thanks for all you do!

February 27, 2015

Welcoming Pedro Martinez to the State Capitol

I had the opportunity to help welcome Pedro Martinez to the State Capitol as part of our Dominican Heritage Month celebration. Martinez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer after a long and dominate career with the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and my New York Mets, among others. He's a three time Cy Young Award winner, 8 time All Star and member of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. It was great meeting this baseball legend, despite my dislike for the Red Sox!

February 27, 2015

Legislation to Protect Children from Sex Offenders

I was proud to co-sponsor a package of bills that passed the State Senate today that will protect children and our communities from sexual predators. Parts of this legislation will provide municipalities with the ability to enact local laws that strengthen sex offender restrictions, close loopholes that allow sex offenders to reside close to pre-K and kindergarten programs and prevent sex offenders from living close to elementary or high schools.

February 26, 2015

State of the Towns - Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce

Joined my colleagues in government at the annual Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce State of the Towns update by Gates Supervisor Mark Assini and Chili Supervisor David Dunning. Exciting things happening in these two great communities, I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store!

February 24, 2015

Fire Prevention First Poster Contest

I was happy to help judge the Fire Prevention First Poster contest, which helps raise fire prevention awareness and education in area schools. Great job by all the students who particpated!

February 20, 2015

Eliminating the GEA

I joined my colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority yesterday to call to end the GEA, which has hurt our local schools since it implemented a few years ago. By eliminating the GEA, we can restore critical funding to our schools and ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. I am proud to continue to fight for Upstate equality in school funding, especially for Rochester and Monroe County.

February 11, 2015

Reading at Autumn Lane Elementary School

I had fun reading "The Book With No Pictures" to students at Autumn Lane Elementary School this morning. Despite the snow and the cold, the students were excited listen to the book and share their favorite parts about it!

February 6, 2015

Visiting with Students at Merton Williams Middle School

I enjoyed visiting with 7th grade students at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton earlier today. The students came prepared with great questions and were ready to learn all about state government! Thanks to 7th grade student Charlotte Wright and teacher Mr. Sorenson for inviting me to visit their class. 

February 5, 2015

Highlights from the Harlem Globetrotters Game!

On Friday night, I joined the underdog Washington Generals on a "one-day" contract in their attempt to upset the Harlem Globetrotters in front of a great crowd at the Blue Cross Area. Unfortunately we came up short in overtime, despite my 4 points and solid defense. My sincere thanks to the Globetrotters and the Generals for giving me the opportunity to showcase my basketball skills and fulfill a lifelong dream!

To see more pictures from my professional basketball debut, click here!

February 2, 2015

Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning Opens New Headquarters

I was pleased to help Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning open its new headquarters on Holleder Parkway in the City of Rochester. This 70,000 square foot facility will better accommodate the Isaac employees, and allow them to better serve their customers. Congratulations to everyone at Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, I wish you continued success!

Click here for more pictures from this great event!

January 29, 2015