Joseph E. Robach

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University of Rochester Unveils Supercomputer

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and local officials today cut the ribbon to unveil one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers for health research, which will be housed at the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI) in Rochester. The HSCCI is a $100 million partnership with the University of Rochester and IBM dedicated to applying high performance computing solutions to the nation’s health challenges. Last year, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council chose the HSCCI as one of its priority projects and received $5 million in state funds for its completion. 

August 3, 2012
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Puerto Rican Youth Development Hosts Family Day

Recently, I had the privilege to visit with youth from our community and their families at Puerto Rican Youth Development's Safe Summer Family Day. There were board games, volleyball, a bounce house, and other activities for families to participate in. Great work by everyone involved.

August 2, 2012
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Honoring Clarkson's Don Lage

(Clarkson, NY) - On Wednesday Night, August 1st, I had the privilege to present a proclamation to Don Lage, who was honored by the Clarkson Historical Society for his commitment to the restoration of Clarkson Academy. Congrats to Don and thank you for your service to our community!

August 2, 2012
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Erie Harbor Enhancement Project

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at, and take part in the ground breaking ceremony at, an event to mark the beginning of the Erie Harbor Enhancement Project. This project includes the replacement of River Park Commons with the 131-unit Erie Harbor Apartments, which are almost completed, and improvements along Mount Hope Avenue.

August 2, 2012
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Steel River BBQ Opens

Recently, I had the honor to be a part of the grand opening celebration at Steel River BBQ Bar and Grill in Charlotte. The restaurant is located at 421 River Street. It is open 7 days week, Sundays through Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursdays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. Steel River also offers barbeque with a Hispanic flair, including Cuban Roast Pork Platter and Pulled Pork Empanda. Best wises to Jose, Michelle, Tina, and your entire staff on continued success!

August 1, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Recognize High School Graduates With Multiple Language Proficiency

Governor Cuomo yesterday signed into law a bill to recognize New York State high school graduates who demonstrate academic excellence in attaining proficiency in one or more languages other than English with a state seal of biliteracy. The seal will be attached to diplomas and transcripts of graduates who excel in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in multiple languages.

August 1, 2012
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Rose Bed in Maplewood Garden Dedicated to TAO

Recently, I had the honor to speak at a dedication ceremony at Maplewood Rose Garden. The dedication was for the new TAO rose bed in the garden. TAO stands for Transplant Awareness Organization, and to learn about the great work they do in our community, visit their website at www.tao-rochester.org.

July 31, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Robach's Legislation Regarding Body Piercing

Governor Cuomo today signed into law a bill to better protect teens from infections and blood-borne disease by requiring that a minor have written parental consent before obtaining a body piercing. This bill, overwhelmingly passed by both the Senate and the Assembly, is an important measure that will help to keep young New Yorkers healthy and safe.

"Body piercing can result in severe health risks and it is our obligation as New Yorkers and parents to make sure that our teens are taking every precaution to remain healthy and safe," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank Senator Robach and Assembly Member Simanowitz for their hard work on this legislation."

July 30, 2012
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Benedettos Opens in Rochester's East End

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for Benedettos Restaurant. Benedettos is located in the East End, on 289 Alexander Street. The restaurant offers casual Italian-American cuisine, and features two private dining areas across two floors and a first floor has a full bar with additional seating. Benedettos is open 7 days week, at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.

July 30, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, July 29th

(Rochester, NY) - In this week's Community Connection, an update on the Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive, upcoming events around the community, and the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority opens its new administration building. As always, you can view this week's Community Connection in full screen by clicking on the link below.

July 26, 2012
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RGRTA Cuts Ribbon on New Admin Building

This morning, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to mark the opening of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority's Administration Building. It is located on East Main Street. The building is named after John Doyle Jr.

July 26, 2012
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2012 Puerto Rican Parade

On Saturday, I had the privilege to take part in the 2012 Puerto Rican Parade in downtown Rochester. This was a part of the 43rd annual Puerto Rican festival, which took place over the weekend at Frontier Field. Thank you to those who came out to support the parade and take part in this great event!

July 24, 2012
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South Wedge Spirits & Wine Opens

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for South Wedge Spirits and Wine. This is the newest small business to open in the South Wedge community.

July 24, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, July 22nd

In this week's Community Connection, details regarding whooping cough cases on the rise in New York State, upcoming events around the community in the week ahead, and California Rollin' expands their restaurant at Village Gate. As always, you can view this week's Community Connection in full screen by clicking on the link below.

July 20, 2012
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Anthony Jordan Health Center Expanding

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to take part in a ground breaking ceremony at the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, located on 82 Holland Street. For more information on the services the Jordan Health Center provides to our community, visit their website, http://www.jordanhealth.org/.

July 20, 2012
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Rochester Educational Opportunity Center Opens

(Rochester, N.Y.) - On Thursday, July 19th, I had the privilege to speak at, and take part in, the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC). The new state-of-the-art building includes modern classrooms, a healthcare lab, a cosmetology salon, and a bistro. For more information on what is offered at REOC, visit http://www.reoc.brockport.edu/.

July 20, 2012
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California Rollin' Expands at Village Gate

California Rollin', which has been at Village Gate since 1994, held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to unveil their newly expanded restaurant. The expanded restaurant now occupies space that was next to its previous location. The restaurant currently has one other location, at the Port Terminal in Charlotte. California Rollin' is set to open a third location later this year on Genesee Street.

July 19, 2012
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Visiting Students at The Harley School

On Wednesday, I had the privilege to visit with students and faculty at The Harley School in Brighton. The students are a part of Horizons Summer Reading Program. For more on Horizons and other programs offered at The Harley School, visit www.harleyschool.org.

July 18, 2012
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State Department of Health Reports Increased Number of Cases of Whooping Cough

State Health Department Urges People to Get Immunized

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 18, 2012) – State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., is urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) in light of an elevated number of cases this year in New York and across the country.

 

"Pertussis is a highly contagious, but very preventable disease" Commissioner Shah said. Here in New York, we are seeing an increased number of reported cases this year, as is the case across the United States. "I encourage New Yorkers to make sure that you and your family members are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations in order to prevent infection".

 

July 18, 2012
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American Portfolios Open House

Recently, I had the privilege to attend an open house for American Portfolios. Nationpay and American Portfolios are a local Rochester, NY company located on 350 Linden Oaks, Suite 215 in Rochester, NY 14625. Since 2010 Nationpay has been helping businesses and business owners in the Rochester, NY area, as well as across the nation, with complete and customized business solution programs. These include: Payroll, Corporate Benefits, Retirement Services and Human Resources Compliance and Administration. All services offered by Nationpay are tailor made in order to meet the demands for any size business and organizations from 1 employee to 1000+ employees.

July 18, 2012
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