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Community Connection for Week Ending February 12th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, the Senate passes legislation to increase safety for children riding school buses, Nikko Restaurant opens in Rochester, and upcoming events around the 56th Senate District. Click the link below to download a full-screen version to read.

February 10, 2012
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Senate Passes School Bus Safety Bills

Bills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical

 

The New York State Senate yesterday passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.

 

A bill was passed, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A). The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

This legislation would make the penalties for passing a stopped school bus multiple times the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.

February 7, 2012
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New York State Celebrates Giants’ Super Bowl Victory with Championship License Plate

Super Bowl XLVI Plate Commemorates Victory

 

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory license plate to honor the championship team.

 

The plate, available for both passenger and commercial vehicles registered in New York, features the NFL Giants' Big Blue NY logo with the words "Super Bowl XLVI Champions" as well as the official Super Bowl XLVI logo. An image of the custom license plate is available at: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/GiantsSBXLVIb.jpg

 

February 6, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending February 5th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, expanding the DNA databank in New York State, upcoming events around the community in the week ahead, and CrimeStoppers announces new partnerships and a fundraising campaign. You can download a full-screen version by clicking on the PDF link below.

February 3, 2012
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Senator Robach Introduces Bill to Protect Kodak Retiree Health Care

Legislation would provide safety net in the event retiree health benefits are eliminated

Eastman Kodak’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month has prompted much uncertainty for employees and retirees of the company. To try to mitigate these fears, Senator Robach joined with Assemblyman Reilich and Brighton Securities last week to host an informational forum which addressed potential implications Kodak’s bankruptcy may have on employees, retirees, vendors and local municipalities.  The one concern heard over again, which there was no clear answer to, was the potential fate of health benefits for retirees. 

February 3, 2012
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CrimeStoppers Announcing Fundraising Initiative

On Tuesday, February 2nd, I had the privilege to speak at a press conference where CrimeStoppers announced a new fundraising initiative and their partnership with local law enforcement agencies. For more information on the work CrimeStoppers does in our community, visit their website at www.roccrimestoppers.com.

February 2, 2012
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Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion Bill

Bill Would Enact Governor’s Proposal To Include Misdemeanors

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.

 

January 31, 2012
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Hedonist Artisan Chocolates Expands, Celebrates 5 Years

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony marking the expansion and 5-year anniversary of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates on South Avenue. Hedonist Artisan Chocolates is owned and operated by Jennifer Posey and Zahra Langford. Best wishes to Jennifer and Zahra on your continued success! Visit their website here, http://hedonistchocolates.com/.

January 30, 2012
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Senator Robach Hosts APWA Annual Award Dinner

On Thursday, January 26th, I had the privilege to host the 27th Annual Awards Banquet for the American Public Works Association. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners and honorees.

January 30, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending January 29th, 2012

In this week's issue: highlights of this week's session in Albany, Burke & Bannayan Jewelers celebrates the opening of their newly relocated store in Greece, and some of the upcoming events in the week ahead. Click on the pdf link below to download a full-screen version.

January 27, 2012
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Burke & Bannayan Jewelers Opens New Location

On Thursday night, January 26th, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, a grand opening ceremony for Burke & Bannayan Jewelers in Greece. They recently moved to their new location, 2465 West Ridge Road, which is behind Canandaigua National Bank and Trust. Best wishes to Vic, his family, and his entire staff on continued success.

January 27, 2012
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Visiting with Students at Craig Hill Elementary

On Thursday, January 26th, I had the opportunity to vist with, and read to, students at Craig Hill Elementary School in Greece. As a part of Library Day, I read All the Way to America to students.

January 26, 2012
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Statement on Xerox Expansion

“I applaud Xerox on their commitment to the Rochester area and their planned expansion, which will bring hundreds of jobs to our community. In this difficult economic time, it is always positive to see companies expand, continue their growth, and create new jobs for our region.”

January 26, 2012
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Erdman Anthony Opens Corporate Offices at Culver Road Armory

On Wednesday, January 25th, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the official grand opening ceremony for the corporate offices of Erdman Anthony. Erdman Anthony recently moved into the Culver Road Armory, 145 Culver Road, Suite 200. For more information on the comapny, visit their website at www.erdmananthony.com.

January 26, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.

 

“Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop. Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

 

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

 

January 24, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending January 22nd, 2012

In this week's issue, a review of the Governor's 2012-2013 Executive Budget Address and how to have your voice heard, visiting with seniors at School of the Arts, and some of the events taking place around the district in the week ahead.

January 20, 2012
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News and Views with Senator Robach

On Thursday, January 19th, Senator Robach was a guest on the New York State Senate television program, News and Views. During the show, Senator Robach discussed Governor Cuomo's 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal and funding for education in New York.

January 20, 2012
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Community Meeting on Kodak Bankruptcy in Town of Greece

I am proud to support this community meeting, being held by Brighton Securities, regarding Kodak, and its recent filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. For details, and how to register, please see the flyer below. You may also download a version of the flyer (PDF format) by clicking on the link below.

January 20, 2012
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Senator Robach Statement on Eastman Kodak Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

“I hope Kodak’s recent financial status and restructuring will move the company to beneficially assist the remaining employees and the many retirees in our region. While facing these difficult times, Kodak is still very important to many people and families in our community. I, and my colleagues in every level of government, stand ready to assist Kodak, its employees, and its retirees during this transformation.”

 

-New York State Senator Joe Robach

56th Senate District

 

January 19, 2012
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