Joseph E. Robach

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Town of Greece Volunteer Awards Reception

On Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege to speak at, and present at, the Town of Greece volunteer award ceremony. This event is put on annually by the Greece Community Partners organization to recognize residents throughout the community for their service and dedication. Congratulations to all of this year nominees. They are: Anne Caprio, David Codding, Hildegard DiNatale, Betty Fetter, Ruth Fitzgerald, Donald Howard, Dolores Ketchum, Joyce King, Nancy and Jeff Kliss, Ken Kruger, Jim Kunkel, Francis Maslyn, Norm Morrealle, Diana Needham, Marion Palumbo, Ralph Panfil, Kathy Pospula, Eugene Preston, Ken Preston, Mary Ellen Schramm, and Walter Scott. Here I am pictured with Jim Kunkel, who I had the honor to nominate for this award.

August 22, 2012
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College at Brockport Breaks Ground on Liberal Arts Building

On Tuesday, August 21st, I had the privilege to speak at, and help break ground at, a ceremony to mark the start of construction on a new liberal arts building at The College at Brockport. The new building will be over 60,000 square feet and located to the east of Drake Memorial Library. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, with a projected cost of over $29 million. It is the first new academic building on the campus in 40 years and will house the departments of English, history, modern languages and cultures, philosophy, and women and gender studies. Funding for the project is coming from the SUNY educational facilities five year capital plan, which I am proud to support.

August 21, 2012
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Marketview Heights Renovation Project

Recently, I had the opportunity to take a tour and see the renovation project for Marketview Heights. Marketview Heights Association (MHA) is a not-for-profit community service organization committed to improving the quality of life within northeast Rochester through underscoring the need for decent housing that is affordable to low and moderate income people. MHA is a HUD approved counseling agency providing Home buyer Counseling and Education for first time home buyers, Home ownership Counseling and Education, and Foreclosure Prevention Services. For more information, visit www.marketviewheights.org.

August 21, 2012
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Anthony L. Jordan Health Center Provides Services at Andrew's Park Apartments

(Rocheser, N.Y.) - On Friday, August 17th, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Anthony L. Jordan's new basic medical and dental services suite at Andrew's Terrace Apartments. For more information on the great work that Anthony L. Jordan Health Center does in our community, visit their website, http://www.jordanhealth.org/.

August 20, 2012
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Rochester Red Wings Host Strike Out Bullying Night

On Sunday night, August 19th, the Rochester Red Wings hosted 'Strike Out Bullying' night as the team played host to the Empire State Yankees. Prior to the game, I had the privilege to join Citizens Against Teen Suicide to provide remarks and to present a bat, autographed by the Red Wings team, to Karen Klein of Greece, who was the victim of bullying on a school bus earlier this summer. The night also featured a guest appearance by former New York Yankees pitcher Tommy John and motivational speaker Bob Holmes.

August 20, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, August 19th

In this week's Community Connection, my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive wraps up, the Greece Public Library unveils its latest renovations, and some of the upcoming events around the area in the week ahead. As always, you can read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view by clicking on the link below.

August 17, 2012
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Delivering School Supplies to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet

This week, I stopped by the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, located at 500 Maiden Lane, to deliver school supplies that I collected over the past month. Thank you to all of those who supported my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive. Once again this year, I collected backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, and other necessary school supplies to donate to the clothes closet. Here I am pictured with Pat Licati, June Mangan, and Joan Wakefield. All are volunteers at the clothes closet.

August 17, 2012
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GRASP Golf Tournament

Recently, I had the privilege to kick off the GRASP Golf Tournament at Pinewood Country Club. GRASP stands for Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets. For more information on the organization and to read about the great work they do for our community, visit their website, http://www.graspinc.org/.

August 17, 2012
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Greece Public Library Renovations Complete

On Thursday morning, I had the privilege to speak at, and cut the ribbon at, the grand reopening of the Greece Public Library, located on the Town Hall campus. As a part of the renovation, approximately 3,000 square feet of space was re-purposed to create two 1,500 square foot program rooms. Also, the Secondhand Prose Bookstore was relocated to the front of the library and the teen area was relocated to the west of the new program room.

August 16, 2012
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War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Dedication

On Saturday, August 11th, I had the privilege to take part in a ceremony to dedicate a peace garden to celebrate 200 years of peace between the U.S. and Canada. The property is located at Mayer's Lake Ontario Winery, 1593 Hamlin Parma Townline Road in Hilton.

August 13, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, August 12th

In this week's Community Connection, wrapping up the 2012 Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive, upcoming events in our Community, and looking back at National Night Out. To view this week's Community Connection in full-screen, click on the link below.

August 10, 2012
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2012 National Night Out

(Rochester, NY) - Last night, I had the privilege to take part in a number of the celebrations around our community to mark National Night Out. Greece, Charlotte, and the Maplewood area were just some of the communities that hosted family-oriented events to take a stand against crime.

August 8, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, August 5th

In this week's Community Connection, Governor Cuomo signs three pieces of legislation, that I was proud to sponsor, into law; upcoming events around our community; and youth get a send-off at a Rochester fire station before 'Burn Camp 2012'. As always, you can click the link below to read this week's community connection in full-screen.  

August 3, 2012
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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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