Joseph E. Robach

Top News

Town of Greece Holiday Tree Lighting

I was pleased to help ring in the holiday season at the annual Town of Greece Tree Lighting ceremony last night. It was great to see the excitement for the holiday season at Town Hall, and to see so many people come out to enjoy the Christmas music and holiday cheer!

December 3, 2014


Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. In our first year, we received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.


December 2, 2014

Visiting with 7th Graders at Greece Athena

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with 7th grade students at Greece Athena Middle School to discuss laws and penalties against sex offenders in New York. The students at Athena prompted this discussion by sending letters to my office expressing their concerns as part of their health education curriculum. I am proud to have sponsored and supported legislation to toughen the penalties against convicted sex offenders in our state. Thanks to the students at Athena for their concern and efforts.

November 25, 2014

Barnard Crossing Branch Library Relocation

I was pleased to join officials from the Town of Greece to help open the newly relocated Barnard Crossing Branch Library. Now located at 2808 Dewey Avenue, this new facility will be more cost-friendly to the town while providing the same great services and amenities to library patrons. 

Click here to see more pictures from the new library!

November 24, 2014

Coats for Kids Donation

A big THANK YOU to the Scott Spino Foundation for their generous donation of over 100 winter coats for my Coats for Kids Drive! These winter coats will be given to needy children throughout our community, helping to keep them warm this winter season. Way to go Scott Spino Foundation!

November 21, 2014

Front & Center: The Campaign for Geva

Earlier today, I joined officials from Geva Theatre to announce its newest fundraising efforts, Front & Center the Campaign for Geva. This $10 million Capital Campaign will help renovate and remodel the historic Geva Theatre building in Downtown Rochester. We're fortunate to have an artistic organization of Geva's caliber in our community, this campaign will help ensure it is here for years to come. For more information on this capital campaign visit,

Click here for more photos from this announcement.

November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Party at the Greece CSC

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I was excited to enjoy a turkey lunch with some of my favorite seniors at the Town of Greece Community & Senior Center. I hope everyone enjoyed the good food, company and entertainment. Thanks to the staff at the CSC for all their work planning these great events!

Click here for more photos from this event!

November 19, 2014

Career Day at Aquinas

It was great to get back to my Alma Mater, Aquinas Institute, to participate in Career Day with the 7th and 8th grade classes. The students at AQ continue to make me proud and were prepared with some great questions. I hope I was able to influence a few of them to join me in government when the time comes!

November 14, 2014

Take a Vet to School Day at Greece Athena Middle School

Earlier this week, I teamed up with Time Warner Cable and the History Channel to bring Take a Vet to School Day to Greece Athena Middle School. We were fortunate to have a great panel of veterans who fought in World War II, the Vietnam War and the War in Afghanistan. This is such a great program that brings veterans into local schools to share their stories with students. 

November 13, 2014

GPAS Veterans Day Concert

In honor of Veterans Day, the Greece Performing Arts Society hosted a concert featuring Prime Time Brass, The Greece Choral Society and the Greece Concert Band. It was a great tribute to our area veterans, and helped raise money for Honor Flight Rochester.

November 12, 2014

Greece Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Luncheon

Congratulations Tim Anne and the team at North Greece Physical Therapy for winning the Greece Chamber of Commerce Microenterprise of the Year Award at the Chamber's annual Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon! Tim and his dedicated staff provide great service and care to all of their patients, keep up the good work!


November 7, 2014

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Today I joined the Open Door Mission to help kickoff National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The Open Door Mission helps countless men, women and children every year by providing them with food, clothing and shelter, and participates in National Hunger and Homelessness Week as a prelude to its Thanksgiving Day celebration. I am proud to continue to help the Open Door Mission in anyway possible.  

November 7, 2014

Take a Vet to School Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, I was proud to partner with Time Warner Cable and the History Channel to host Take a Vet to School Day at Gates Chili High School. This nationwide event brings veterans into the classroom to share their firsthand experiences in the armed forces and combat, and gives the students a better understanding of the sacrifices our veterans make to protect our country and our freedoms.

November 6, 2014

Redeveloping the Bevier Building

I was pleased to join officials from the City of Rochester, Monroe County and area developers to announce details about the redevelopment of the historic Bevier Building in downtown Rochester. I have been to countless groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings, but this was my first Tape and Spackling ceremony! When completed, this project will feature office space and 15 loft-style apartments, and is the latest example of the revitalization of downtown Rochester!

November 6, 2014

Participation in Government at Robert Brown High School

I enjoyed speaking with Participation in Government students at Robert Brown High School at the Edison Tech campus. Many thanks to Mr. Hickey and Mr. Amico for inviting me to talk to each of their classes, it's so important to get our younger generations involved in government and the election process. 

Click here for more pictures from Robert Brown.

October 30, 2014

Welcome to the new Hamlin Public Library!

I recently joined the Hamlin community to help open its new public library on the Hamlin Town Campus. I was pleased to help secure funding for this new, state of the art facility that will help better serve the public and will be a true asset to the residents of Hamlin. 

October 27, 2014

Sons of Italy Vince Lombardi Lodge Awards Dinner

I was honored to receive the Man of the Year award from the Sons of Italy Vince Lombardi Lodge at their annual Italian-American Heritage Awards dinner. I am so proud of my Italian heritage, which has given me so much and helped make me who I am today. I am joined in this photo by music legend Lou Gramm, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and my good friend Rich Funke.

October 27, 2014

Monroe 2 BOCES Participation in Government

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a Participation in Government class from Monroe 2 BOCES about my role as a State Senator and the importance of being involved in the election process. Many thanks to the students and teachers for their involvement and great questions!

October 24, 2014

News & Views: October 2014

On my latest visit to News & View I discussed upcoming election issues, a variety of exciting job creating projects happening in the Rochester region and upgrades to our area's transportation infrastructure and roads. 

October 22, 2014

Welcome to College Town!

The University of Rochester celebrated a historic day today with the opening of College Town on Mount Hope Avenue. This mixed use development will not only benefit UR students and faculty, it will be a retail and dining destination for people from all over our region. College Town provides that small town college feeling in the City of Rochester and will be a major economic engine for our community.

Click here to see more pictures from the College Town celebration.

October 17, 2014