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Senate Passes Bill to Improve Workforce Training for Women

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), that would expand workforce assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying careers.

 

            “Women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, yet working women earn 80 percent of what men earn and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs that predominantly employ men,” Senator Robach said.  “Expanding the state’s workforce training, counseling and referral efforts to help women get higher paying jobs will help women and their families.”

 

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Reform New York's Care of People with Special Needs and Disabilities

Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers

The New York State Senate today passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Cyberbullying

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), that would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The legislation clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-cyberbullying law enacted in 2010 and creates guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.

This comprehensive measure includes within the definitions of bullying and cyberbullying verbal and non-verbal actions, whether on or off school property, which create a risk of substantial disruption of the school environment.

June 19, 2012
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"Cool Sweep" for City Residents

Cool Sweep is the City’s annual public safety and customer service program to help city residents who have limited opportunities to find relief from summer heat. Cool Sweep kicks off once schools let out for summer recess. A Cool Sweep operation is triggered when the forecast calls for a day to reach 85 degrees.

 

Cool Sweep hours are normally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The operation employs the use of a cooling spray from fire hydrants and extended hours at City pools and Durand Eastman Beach. The use of City spray parks and pools in certain city high schools are also available to the public.

 

When hot summer days creep in make sure to watch the news and check the newspaper for a possible Cool Sweep day announcement from Mayor Richards.

June 19, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending June 17th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection: the Senate passes legislation regarding body piercing received by people under the age of 18, upcoming events around the area, and a recap of the Greece Relay for Life. You can view this week's Community Connection in full-screen by clicking on the link below.

June 14, 2012
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Twelve Corners Middle School Award Ceremony

Recently I had the privilege to attend a ceremony at Twelve Corners Middle School in Brighton where the school received an award for the New York State Education Department. Twelve Corners was designated a 2012 Essential Elements: Schools to Watch recipient. Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff on a job well done!

June 14, 2012
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Greece Relay for Life A Success

Last weekend, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the Greece Relay for Life. This annual fundraiser is sponsored by the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. It was great to see so many families take part in this year's event!

June 14, 2012
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Senate Passes Robach Legislation Requiring Parental Permission For Body Piercing

Anyone Under 18 Would Need Parent’s Approval Before Receiving Any Non Ear-Piercing The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7446) which would require parent or guardian consent for unemancipated persons who wish to receive body piercings. This would be for piercing of any part of the body, other than the ears.

“I think this will be very consistent with existing law, and something that will be supported by parents across the state.  As body piercings can often result in infection and a permanent scar, it seems logical that parents should be in involved in the decision,” said Senator Robach.

June 13, 2012
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Senate Passes “I-STOP” to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate today passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.

 

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

 

June 12, 2012
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Regus Group Opens Downtown Office

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for Regus Group. The Regus Business Center is designed for small business owners that want a presence downtown. It is 10,000 square feet which includes conferences rooms, a kitchen, and wi-fi access. Regus also provides administrative services. Regus has over 1,000 locations around the world.

June 11, 2012
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Two Libraries Presented NYS Resolutions

Yesterday, I had the privilege to recognize Autumn Lane Elementary School library and Brighton Memorial Library with New York State Resolutions. Both libraries were presented awards during the Rochester Regional Library Council's 46th Annual Membership Meeting. Pictured with me from Autumn Lane are Tasha Potter, principal, Autumn Lane School; Katherine Boggs, librarian, Autumn Lane; Mary Ellen Garritano, Autumn Lane library staff.

June 8, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending June 10, 2012

In this week's Community Connection: the 2012 Concerts by the Shore season opened up this past week, get a preview of what is coming up this summer at the popular Wednesday night free concert series, upcoming events around our community, and a local students is awarded a scholarship from the New York State Italian American Legislator Conference. As always, you can read this week's community connection in full-screen by clicking on the link below.

June 8, 2012
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Garbin Graphics and Print Opens in Greece

Recently, I had the opportunity to welcome Garbin Graphics and Print to Greece. The business opened their new office on West Ridge Road. Best wishes to Tom and your entire team for continued success! For more information about Garbin Graphics, visit their website, http://www.garbingraphics.com/home.html.

June 4, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending June 3rd, 2012

In this week's Community Connection: details on the New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan, which passed the Senate earlier this week, upcoming events around the community, and Monroe County opens its second dog park. You can read this week's community connection in full-screen by clicking on the link below.

June 1, 2012
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Monroe County Opens Second Dog Park

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to speak at the grand opening of Monroe County's second dog park. It is located at Ellison Park on Blossom Road. For more information on dog parks in Monroe County, click http://www.monroecounty.gov/parks-DogParks.php.

June 1, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill Waiving 24 Hour Waiting Period For Military Members to Get Marrie

    The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.490), sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, that waives the 24-hour waiting period for military members to get married after receiving a marriage license. This would apply to military members who are scheduled for deployment in less than 30 days. “Given the sacrifice, coupled with the unique circumstances of active veterans, we feel this bill will better accommodate the requests of some of our brave men and women in the military with their personal and family lives,” said Senator Robach. “This is one small favor we can do to accommodate their time frame.”    

May 31, 2012
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Senator Robach Makes Floor Remarks on New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan

On Wednesday, May 30th, Senator Robach made remarks on the floor of the Senate in support of the New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan. The plan was passed by the Senate. For complete details on the New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan, click here.

May 31, 2012
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Senate Passes New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan

On Wednesday, May 30th, The New York State Senate passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive. 

 

May 31, 2012
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Lend Us Your Story Video Contest Winners Announced

Recently, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the award ceremony for the "Lend Us Your Story Video Contest". This contest was for children under the age of 17, and required them to shoot short videos about why the Rochester Public Library is important to them. The grand prize winner received a Kindle Fire, and the second and third prize winners received a Kindle. Great work by all the kids involved!

May 30, 2012
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School of the Arts Students Visit Albany

Recently, Participation in Government students from Rochester's School of the Arts visited Senator Robach in Albany for a day. The students received tours of the state Capitol, learned about the day-to-day responsibilities of the state government, and met with state lawmakers.

May 29, 2012
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