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Community Connection for Week Ending June 26th

In this week's community connection, the Senate passes landmark autism insurance reform, Newsweek recognizes two high schools in the district, and upcoming events around the district this week.

As always, you can download a full-screen version by clicking the link below.

June 24, 2011
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Senator Robach Remarks on September 11th Remembrance Flag

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the New York State Senate passed legislation designating the National Remembrance Flag, created by Stephen and Joanne Galvin of Wolcott, New York, as the official New York State flag for September 11th remembrance. Senator Robach provided remarks on the Senate floor regarding this new legislation.

June 23, 2011
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Legislature Gives Approval for Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk

You might have seen this story on NBC's Today Show Wednesday morning, June 22nd regarding Nik Wallenda and his attempt to tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge at Niagara Falls. The Legislature gave final approval earlier this afternoon.

New York lawmakers have voted to allow a member of the daredevil Wallenda family to attempt a tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge at Niagara Falls.

The state Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill directing parks officials to write regulations allowing Nik Wallenda to traverse the gorge. The Senate already approved the measure.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn't said yet whether he'll sign it.

June 22, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Facilitate Early Detection of Breast Cancer

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to provide stronger preventative health care for women. The bill (S.1883A), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), requires insurance companies to cover the cost of supplemental screening for women who have dense breast tissue or who are at greater risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

June 22, 2011
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Brighton, Odyssey Make Newsweek's Best High Schools List

Newsweek magazine recently ranked the top 500 high schools in America. Two high schools in Senator Robach's district made the list. Brighton High School ranked #147 and Greece Odyssey Academy ranked #175. You can see the entire list of Newsweek's 2011 Best High Schools by clicking on the link below.

http://www.newsweek.com/feature/2011/americas-best-high-schools.html

June 22, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to Juvenile 'Sexting' and 'Cyberbullying' Prevention Bill

The New York State Senate Wednesday gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”

 

The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.

 

June 22, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Enabling Coverage for Oral Chemotherapy

    The New York State Senate passed a bill to potentially save chemotherapy patients thousands of dollars in pharmaceutical costs by ensuring  that chemotherapy treatment, no matter how administered, is covered equally by insurance companies. The bill (S.3988), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-C, Staten Island), would help patients by enabling oral chemotherapy – a treatment in pill form - to be covered by insurance as a chemotherapy treatment. “There is absolutely no reason why life-saving medicines should be covered differently simply because of the way they are administered,” said Senator Lanza. “This bill is about keeping up with the times and the changing face of medicine.”

June 21, 2011
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NFL Wide Receiver Visits Albany

On Monday, June 20th, I had the opportunity to meet Syracuse University graduate and New York Giants Wide Receiver David Tyree. Tyree is best known for his catch in Super Bowl XLII which helped the Giants beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots 17-14.

June 21, 2011
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Free Movies in the Parks All Summer Long

Here is the 2011 Movies in the Parks schedule. All movies start at dusk, and more more information contact Monroe County Parks atwww.monroecounty.gov/parks or by phone at 753-PARK (7275).

ONTARIO BEACH PARK (TUESDAY NIGHTS)

 

JULY 12 JAWS (PG)

JULY 19 DESPICABLE ME (PG)

JULY 26 IRON MAN 2 (PG-13)

AUGUST 2 INCEPTION (PG-13)

AUGUST 9 THE GREEN HORNET (PG-13)

AUGUST 16 BATTLE: LOS ANGELES (PG-13)

 

HIGHLAND PARK BOWL (THURSDAY NIGHTS)

 

JULY 14 YOGI BEAR (PG)

JULY 21 OLMSTED & AMERICA’S URBAN PARKS (Documentary)

JULY 28 FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (PG-13)

AUGUST 4 JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER (G)

AUGUST 11 SHREK FOREVER AFTER (PG)

June 21, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Go Green

New York State Senate Passes Legislation, Sponsored by Senator Robach,

To Reduce Amount of Paper Used in the Legislature

                - S.357 Passes Overwhemingly in Senate, Sent to New York State Assembly –

 

Today, the Senate passed S.357, sponsored by Senator Robach, which would reduce the amount of paper wasted in the New York State Legislature. Specifically, this bill would provide members of the Legislature with electronic versions of bills, instead of paper. The benefits would be especially pronounced when voting on budget bills since they are voluminous by nature.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Approval For Landmark Autism Insurance Reform

The New York State Senate today approved legislation to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The bill (S.4005A), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), would save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses spent by families caring for individuals with autism and address insurance companies’ refusal to cover costs for autism treatments and therapies.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorders affect individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, are currently affected with autism.

 

June 17, 2011
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Community Connection for June 19, 2011

Here is the Community Connection for the week ending Sunday, June 19th. In this week's issue, the State Legislature approves tougher laws against protests at military funerals, wrapping up American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Greece, and the some of the upcoming events in the district this week. Happy Father's Day to all the dads!

June 17, 2011
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Legislature Gives Final Approval to Bills Limiting Military Funeral Protests

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Creating Crime of Environmental Damage

-Senator Robach's Legislation in Response to Crime at RG&E's Russell Station in 2010 -

Late last year, you might remember the theft of copper and releasing oil from a spare transformer at Rochester Gas and Electric’s Russell Station property. Not only was there 4,800 gallons of oil drained at this location, but there was also hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean up costs associated. Shortly after this crime, I introduced legislation that would criminalize intentional or reckless damage to the environment done in the course of committing another crime. Late last night, the New York State Senate passed this legislation, bill S702A. You can read the summary of the bill below:

BILL NUMBER: S702A

 

SPONSOR: ROBACH

June 17, 2011
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Senator Robach Recognizes June as Young Workers' Safety Month

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  recognizing  June 2011 as Young Workers' Safety

 Month in the State of New York

 WHEREAS, Employment is a valuable part of a young person's learning  and

 development; and

 WHEREAS,  This  June,  thousands  of  New  York's  young  workers will

 commence their summer jobs, joining the more  than  four  million  young

 workers who are employed in the United States each year; and

 WHEREAS,  Young  workers  are  more likely to be injured while working

 than are adults, and  nationwide  approximately  150,000  young  workers

June 17, 2011
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Chazz Palminteri Honored by New York State Senate

Recently, I had the opportunity to congratulate Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to preserving Italian American heritage. The New York State adopted a resolution earlier this month to honor Chazz at the Italian-American Day Celebration.

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to

preserving Italian American heritage

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to

those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment that provide

opportunities to celebrate their rich ethnic flavor and which strive to

preserve their cultural heritage; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long

June 16, 2011
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Chazz Palminteri Honored by New York State Senate

Recently, I had the opportunity to congratulate Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to preserving Italian American heritage. The New York State adopted a resolution earlier this month to honor Chazz at the Italian-American Day Celebration.

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to

preserving Italian American heritage

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to

those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment that provide

opportunities to celebrate their rich ethnic flavor and which strive to

preserve their cultural heritage; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long

June 16, 2011
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Senator Robach Debates Krueger On Senate Floor

Earlier this week, Senator Robach debated Senator Krueger on the Senate Floor regarding the Rainy Day Fund and capping spending on operating funds.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Robach Congratulates Ken Moore on HOF Induction

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to welcome local veteran Ken Moore to Albany for induction to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. I had the honor to nominate Ken for his dedicated service to our country. Congratulations to all of this year's inductees and thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. You can read more about Ken by clicking here, http://www.nysenate.gov/story/ken-moore.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Robach Makes Remarks on Floor Regarding Ethics Legislation

On Tuesday, June 14th, the New York State Senate passed the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. Senator Robach make remarks on the floor when the act came to a vote. The details of this legislation are below.

 

SENATE PASSES PUBLIC INTEGRITY REFORM ACT OF 2011

 

The New York State Senate today passed major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. The measure, which is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.

 

June 16, 2011
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