Joseph E. Robach

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Hillside Family of Agencies Unveils Renovated Monroe Avenue Campus

On Friday, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony in which Hillside Family of Agencies unveiled it's $22 million renovated Monroe Avenue campus. Funding for the renovation was raised from private donors and funders and through numerous campaign over more then a decade. Renovations include six renovated residential buildings, the new Horton Family Center, a renovated Eastman Hall, a new common area, a new baseball field, track and playground, and one of the cottages now allows for residential services for eight youth with developmental disabilities. For further details, visit www.hillside.com.

September 24, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, September 23rd

In this week's Community Connection: details regarding the 5th Annual Women's Wellness Fair, upcoming events around the area in the week ahead, and kickoff to the 2012 Dictionary Project in Greece and Hilton. As always, you can read a full-screen version of the Community Connection by clicking on the link below. 

September 21, 2012
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Radisson Hotel Cuts Ribbon on Renovations

This afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Radisson Rochester Riverside Hotel. Originally opened in 1969, more than $3.5 million has been invested over the last three years in renovating and upgrading guest rooms, the fitness center, and all of the meeting spaces.

September 20, 2012
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West Ridge 3rd Graders Receive Dictionaries

On Thursday morning, September 19th, I continued my 2012 Dictionary Project, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Greece and Hilton. Here I am with Mr. Pat Billone, a teacher at West Ridge Elementary School in Greece, and some of his students. The Dictionary Project provides new dictionaries for 3rd grade students in Greece and Hilton. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Greece and Hilton for your continued support!

September 20, 2012
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East Avenue Inn and Suites Unveils Renovations

Earlier today, I have the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony of the renovated East Avenue Inn and Suites. Downtown Rochester's only boutique hotel, located at 384 East Avenue, the hotel invites business and casual travelers to enjoy a modern and artistic guest experience only minutes away from all of Rochester's best known cultural attractions. For more information visit, http://eastaveinn.com/. Best wishes to John and his entire family on continued success!

September 19, 2012
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Dictionary Project With Longridge Elementary School

Third grade students at Longridge Elementary school in Greece received their new dictionaries on Tuesday, September 18th. In addition to members of the Greece Rotary, Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, Greece Central School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, and Greece Chamber of Commerce President Jodie Perry also helped distribute dictionaries!

September 18, 2012
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New Housing/Commercial Space at 44 Exchange Blvd.

This morning, I had the privilege to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil new commercial and residential property at 44 Exchange Blvd downtown. Funding from Restore NY went to the rehabilitation of the building. The total cost of the project was $6 million. There are 24 total apartments and one to two floors of commercial space. Many of the building's 1950s-era design features have been restored or duplicated.

September 18, 2012
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4th Annual 'Hat'titude

On Saturday, I had the privilege to visit with guests at the 4th Annual 'Hat'titude. Proceeds from this event benefit Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc. & Threshold at the Community Place.

September 17, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, September 16th

In this week's Community Connection: Remembering the victims from the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, how your voice can be heard regarding the New York State Thruway Authority's proposal to raise tolls for commercial trucks, and upcoming events in the week ahead. 

September 13, 2012
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Brockport Fire Department 9/11 Ceremony

On Tuesday, night, September 11th, the Brockport Fire Department held their annual vigil to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. Brockport FD has held this vigil each year since the attacks. The vigil included a display of firefighters' helmets, a display of American flags, and the Brockport 9/11 Memorial.

September 12, 2012
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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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