Joe Robach Applauds NYS Funding of College Town in Rochester

Recently, Rochester Senator Joe Robach applauded the announcement that the New York State Empire State Development office has approved four million dollars in funding for College Town in Mt. Hope neighbor of the City of Rochester. In cooperation with the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, in which Senator Robach is a member, these funds will go towards the ongoing redevelopment of the Mt. Hope corridor. Currently progress on College Town has seen the completion of the mixed-use development in southwest Rochester, near the University of Rochester’s main campus and its medical center. Phase I includes 50,000 square feet of office space and 110,000 square feet of retail and restaurants.Joe Robach College Town 2

The College Town project is increasing tax revenues and creating jobs while establishing a vibrant mixed-use environment that will become a regional magnet for those that live, work, shop, visit, and study nearby. The retail and restaurant components are expected to create 275 new jobs, and the office space will accommodate over 200 jobs. At least 10 additional jobs will be created for the management of the property. Annual sales tax revenue of approximately $2.5 million is projected.

Rochester Senator Joe Robach was proud to support this project and work to ensure that it will be a success not only for the University of Rochester but for the City of Rochester and Monroe County.


As the community looks toward the start of 2015, Rochester Senator Joe Robach recently reviewed the eventful past 365 days of 2014. Starting in January, there were many important events occurring in Rochester and Monroe County and Joe Robach was proud to be a apart of them.Robach 2014

To start off the year 2014, Joe Robach held his second annual Electronics Recycling event and the Monroe County Ecopark. Over 700 Monroe County residents came through to drop off their old TVs, VCRs, computers and laptops for responsible recycling. Senator Robach partnered with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics, Waste Management and Monroe County to bring this event to local residents.

In February, Joe Robach was named as the new Chairman of the New York State Senate Transportation Committee. The Senate Transportation Committee oversees New York State’s transportation system, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, the New York State Thruway Authority among other agencies. Also in the Senate, Joe Robach was proud to vote for a fourth consecutive on time New York State budget. In the budget, Senator Robach was proud to support measures to reduce taxes and fees, help businesses create and retain more jobs, kept overall spending growth to below two percent and funded important projects in Rochester, Monroe County and across all of New York.

2014 was also a big year for 103.9 WDKX, where Joe Robach appears Saturday mornings on “Memory Lane.” Senator Robach helped to celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the radio station by Andrew Langston. In honor of the 40 years, WDKX hosted a concert with performances by national recording artists Sevyn Streeter and Chrisette Michele. Also, Joe Robach joined Andrew Langston’s son Andre and his family to the dedication of Andrew Langston way at the Midtown Rising site in the heart of Rochester.

In addition, 2014 saw local Rochester veteran Jack Foy inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Foy was awarded the Bronze Star, Conspicuous Service Cross, Combat Infantry medal, a Presidential Citation, European Campaign, American Defense and Victory medals. He is also the co-founder of the Rochester Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge group. Also, Senator Robach was able to secure funds to allow the City of Rochester to re-light High Falls in downtown Rochester and upgrade the Genesee Riverway Trail. Proud alumnus, Joe Robach joined President John Halstead and the rest of SUNY Brockport to cut the ribbon and open their new Liberal Arts Building; the first new academic building on campus in 40 years.

And to finish out the year, Rochester’s Senator Joe Robach was named Man of the Year by the Sons of Italy, Vince Lombardi Lodge at their annual Italian American Heritage awards dinner.


Earlier this week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined with men and women from around the community to commemorate Veterans Day.  Senator Robach attend various events across Monroe County, Rochester and his district to honor the sacrifice of the men and women who chose to serve their nation in the armed forces.  Amongst the events being held this past week, the Town of Gates hosted a service at their town hall for veterans, the Monroe County American Legion held their annual luncheon, the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge held their annual remembrance ceremony, the Town of Brighton held their annual ceremony for Veterans at the their Veterans Memorial site at Buckland Park and there was a Veterans Day Concert sponsored by the Greece Performing Arts Society at the Athena Performing Arts Center. There were also other numerous community events on Veterans Day itself and in the days leading up to it.Joe Robach Veterans Day

Senator Robach took the time at each Veterans Day event to not only thank the men and women who have served, but to remember the sacrifice of all those who supported a member of the armed forces in their family or community.  Many of Americas sons and daughter sacrificed their time, sometimes their lives, to ensure that America remained a place where all men are created equal and that we continue to cherish our freedoms.  Through days like Veterans Day we are able to say thank you for their service and their sacrifice.


This past Friday, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined his colleagues in government and officials from the University of Rochester to officially open and dedicate the U of R’s College Town project. Located on Mt. Hope Avenue, this mixed use development will not only benefit University of Rochester students and faculty, it will be a retail and dining destination for people from all over our region.Joe Robach College Town

College Town provides that small town college feeling in the City of Rochester and will be a major economic engine for our community. College Town will serve as the front door to the university, directly next to Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester Medical Center. College Town features a 20,000 sq ft Constantinos Market, a two level Barnes and Noble university/community bookstore, a 136 room Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, 50,000 sq ft of new class A office space, 150 new high end apartment units, and numerous new shops and restaurants to meet every taste and style.

College Town will be Rochester, New York’s finest pedestrian scaled district, blending shopping, dining, working, hospitality and upscale living within an engaging 24/7 environment. Strategically located at the intersection of Mount Hope and Elmwood Avenue, College Town is perfectly positioned to bring Rochester’s booming higher education and medical community together with a five county population of over 1 million people to enjoy many new-to market retail and restaurant options, as well as family oriented and other programming for gathering and recreating.

Senator Joe Robach was proud to support this project and work to ensure that it will be a success not only for the University of Rochester but for the City of Rochester and Monroe County.


This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined with the Rochester Police Department, community members in Rochester and Monroe County and across the nation in mourning the loss of Rochester Police Department officer Daryl Pierson.  Officer Pierson was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 3rd after chasing a suspect following a traffic stop.  Officer Pierson is survived by his wife Amy and their two children. Robach Rochester Police

At his funeral at the Rochester War Memorial, thousands attended to celebrate Officer Pierson’s life and remember him.  Officer Pierson was eulogized by Lieutenant Governor of New York Bob Duffy, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli, Lt. Eric Paul of the RPD Tactical Unit, Sergeant Steven Kennedy of the RPD Tactical Unit, RPD Chaplin Don Wollschleger, Officer Pierson’s brother Brett Pierson, his wife Amy and his father in law, Reverend Mitch Evans.

In their eulogies, Lt. Governor Duffy stated “It’s not how Daryl Pierson lost his life that made him a hero,” Duffy said. “It’s how he lived his life,” Mayor Lovely Warren stated “He was a man of dedication, faith, great love and compassion, a man who worked daily to eradicate this city of illegal weapons and dangerous criminals, and that dedication sadly brings us to this moment. Officer Daryl Pierson will be celebrated and remembered forever.” And Lt. Paul stated of his officer, “Daryl fought, he got up after he got shot with assistance from other officers. He climbed in the back of that police car. When they couldn’t get him in, he reached out and grabbed that cage and pulled himself in. He was fighting. He wasn’t giving up.”

Senator Joe Robach stands with the men and women of law enforcement in Rochester and across Monroe County and will always remember the sacrifice of those who give the ultimate price for the safety of their community.


This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach was pleased to join the Mayor of the City of Rochester, the County Executive and many other colleagues to cut the ribbon and officially open Hart’s Local Grocers on Winthrop Street in downtown Rochester. Senator Robach congratulated Glenn Kellogg, the individual who revived the Hart’s name in Rochester. According to their website, Kellogg and the team of Hart’s Local Grocers had a very simple dreamJoe Robach Harts:

Rochester’s East End. We’ve all strolled its streets. Stopped in at a gallery. Seen a film. Heard a concert. Passed artists and students and entrepreneurs on its sidewalks. And noticed—especially if we live or work in the neighborhood—something was missing. Something big. Something vital.

A grocery store.

We’ve been daydreaming, too. About a store that’s big enough to carry everyday basics. Brands you know and love, sure. Ah, but small enough to navigate. Where bins brim with bright, juicy, hand-selected produce, fresh from our own region. Where a kitchen serves up scrumptious comfort foods worthy of a chef’s table.

We dreamed of a staff who share the public’s passion for good food and uniquely local fare. Friendly-faced clerks who know customers by name. Who tip them off to the latest delivery of local peaches. Or chocolates! No wait—cheese!

We even dreamed of a comfy corner for a workday lunch. A place to linger over deep, dark coffee. Ahhh, that rich aroma of a Rochester hometown roast.

So. You’ve been dreaming too?

Good morning, Sunshine. Welcome to Hart’s.

Hart’s Local Grocers is open daily from 7am to 9pm. For more information, visit


Last week, Joe Robach Rochester High FallsRochester Senator Joe Robach joined Mayor Lovely Warren and the Rochester community to re-light High Falls in Downtown Rochester. Senator Robach secured the funding to help pay for this project, which is not only re-lighting High Falls, but also will improve and upgrade the adjacent Genesee Riverway Trail. The Falls will be lit 7 days a week with colored lighting Wednesdays through Sundays, and white lighting Mondays and Tuesdays. Be sure to come see this wonderful Rochester landmark at its finest!

High Falls is located about 2 miles upstream from the lower falls just North of Downtown Rochester. This was the site of much of Rochester’s early industrial development, where industry was powered by falling water. Browns Race diverts water from above the falls and was used to feed various flour mills and industries, today the water is used to produce hydroelectric power. The falls are approximately 96 feet tall, about 14 feet shorter then Niagara Falls. High Falls was also the site of famous daredevil Sam Patch’s final jump. Over 8,000 people (out of a population of over 9,000) gathered to watch attempt a second successful attempt to jump the falls, he did not survive.


Last week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined members of the Rochester chapter of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS to help launch a campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in our community. The NLBCA’s campaign is seeking to improve testing and provide a better linkage to care for those who test positive.

Joe Robach Hepatitis CThe National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) is the oldest and largest non-profit organization of its kind in the United States. Our mission is to educate, mobilize, and empower black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities. NBLCA works with a broad spectrum of community leaders, including clergy, public officials, medical practitioners, and those in business, civic, social policy, and the media to achieve its mission. NBLCA has established affiliates in cities throughout the United States where African American communities are hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including New York City, Nassau County, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

According to NBLCA they:

• Create new funding and programs targeting African American and other communities of color and redirect existing funding and programs to those communities.
• The capacity to mobilize African American professionals from a variety of professions, including medicine, media, business, government, and clergy.
• Our regional affiliates are guided by and gain their credibility from the established clergy.
• The capacity to produce policy and research on a wide range of medical, religious, and legal issues related to HIV/AIDS and African American and other communities of color.
• Through our unique Leadership Mobilization Model (LMM), we deliver technical assistance and capacity building to community- and faith-based organizations and local health departments to empower them to deliver effective services.

For more information visit



This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in Rochester and New York. The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan New York StatRobach Rochester Heroine Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.

The bill package passed begin the legislative response laid out in the report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses; increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment; and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets. The task force report released last month proposed a package of bills to target the prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers during 18 forums held throughout the state.

Rochester Senator Joe Robach sponsored, S. 7657, legislation that would create an A-I felony for the unlawful transportation or sale of an opioid that causes the death of another. This legislation was sponsored because heroin use is steadily on the rise. This law would hold drug dealers accountable for the true cost of their activities, significantly diminish the open availability of these dangerous drugs on the streets and give district attorneys-the necessary tools to work up the criminal chain to the ultimate supplier because facing life imprisonment for any amount of drugs that results in death is a profound disincentive to sell drugs within the state of New York.

This law seeks to punish those individuals involved in the illegal drug trade and is not intended to punish those individuals who are merely co-users. Therefore a co-user who shares the drugs with the victim still has an incentive to follow the current good Samaritan law and save the other person as he or she will be able to avoid prosecution for homicide by sale of an opiate controlled substance and instead admit to a lower felony because it still is a distribution.


This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach visited the Rochester Childfirst Network and read “Goodnight Moon” to a group of their students. Rochester Childfirst Network has a long history of providing early education and child care to the Rochester community, and serves children from all socioeconomic backgrounds.Joe Robach Rochester Read

Located on South Avenue, Rochester Childfirst Network was founded in 1856 to help to provide Christmas dinner to some of Rochester neediest children. By April of 1857, the organization was incorporated under New York State as the Industrial School of Rochester. In its first year the School served 264 girls and 272 boys.

According to its website,

Today, Rochester Childfirst Network is a multi-faceted agency. It continues as a leader in early education, child care, community outreach and national advocacy for children and their caregivers. The third oldest child care center in the United States, RCN has evolved with the changing needs of society and children into a highly regarded nonprofit early childhood agency, exemplifying excellence, innovation, and putting children first. It touches over 2,000 children and child care givers through accredited programs. Its professional staff of experts allows children to learn though a sense of play. With a focused leading-edge curriculum, its students thrive in a child-friendly nurturing setting surrounded by children of all abilities and cultures.

Senator Joe Robach is a longtime friend to and supporter of the Rochester Childfirst Network and likes to join the teachers and students at least once a year to read to the children. For more information about the Rochester Childfirst Network visit