Joe Robach Supports Education Legislation to Override Governor’s Veto

Joe Robach supported education legislation by joining his colleagues in the New York State Senate to take a historic step to unanimously override Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of legislation expanding full-day kindergarten opportunities to school districts that currently only offer half-day kindergarten programs. The legislation (S700B) was vetoed in April and helps to ensure that all children have access to a quality educational foundation by providing additional funding to school districts with half-day programs so they can more easily transition to full-day programs. Joe Robach’s support of this education legislation and vote was the first attempted override of a veto executed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“As a State Legislator, one of my top priorities has always been ensuring our schools and students have the resources they need to succeed and have a positive experience in the classroom. Providing full-day kindergarten is essential to the future success of our students, and this legislation will help those district transitioning to full-day programs have better outcomes,” said Senator Joe Robach in support of this education policy.

Though the number of half-day kindergarten programs statewide is significantly fewer than past years, the state’s current aid program has yet to ensure that every kindergarten program in New York is full-day. There are five districts in the state that currently don’t offer full-day kindergarten programs – Shenendehowa, Brighton, Pittsford, Washingtonville, and North Rockland – and while some districts are in the process of transitioning, this bill would help ensure resources are in place to help them achieve full-day kindergarten. The districts would be provided with varying levels of additional state assistance over a period of five years.

According to the National Education Association, research demonstrates that full-day kindergarten classes: show greater reading and mathematics gains than those in half-day classes; produce long-term educational gains, especially for low-income and minority students; offer social, emotional and intellectual benefits to kindergartners. Also, five-year-olds are more than ready for the longer school day, and do better in a setting that allows them to learn and explore activities in depth.

Despite these findings, Governor Cuomo vetoed the bill on April 18, 2018.

The bill will now go to the Assembly for override consideration.

Joe Robach Supports Education, Advocates for Increase in Library Funding

Senator Joe Robach supports education in his district in a variety of ways. Most recently, Joe Robach supported education by joining his colleagues in the Senate Majority to advocate for an increase in library aid in the 2018-19 State Budget.

“Whether it is Children’s Story Time, Adult Continuing Education courses or any of the other programs they offer, libraries continue to be an invaluable resource and gathering place for residents throughout our community. I am pleased to continue to support their services and the people who depend their amenities and programs,” Joe Robach stated in support of education and libraries.

Joe Robach has been a proud supporter of education and libraries throughout his tenure in the state Senate. Over the last several years, he has helped lead the way to restore library aid during the budget process and has continued to fight for our libraries’ fair share.

Senator Joe Robach has also been proud to help deliver multiple state grants to libraries in the 56th district, helping them modernize and provide the best services and amenities for their patrons. Joe Robach pledges to continue to fight for fair library funding throughout the 2018 budget process.

Joe Robach Supports Seniors with Scam Prevention Event

Joe Robach supported seniors in the Rochester community in December by hosting a free Scam Prevention event at the Gates Town Hall. To educate and support seniors, Joe Robach partnered with the New York State Attorney General’s Regional Office, Lifespan of Rochester and local law enforcement to help teach seniors how to protect their identity and to inform them about targeted scams affecting the elderly in our community.

“Far too often, our seniors become the target of credit card scams, sweepstakes scams, mail fraud, healthcare fraud and many other attacks on their identity and livelihood. I was pleased to be able to bring this free forum to seniors in our community and am hopeful that they took advantage of the great information we had to offer,” stated Senator Joe Robach in support of seniors in the 56th District.

This free event, sponsored by Joe Robach to support seniors in Rochester, brought a variety of groups together in a forum setting. Over 100 seniors attended to learn how to best protect themselves and their families from attempted scams and fraudulent schemes. In addition to presentations from the New York State Attorney General’s Regional Office, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Gates Police Department, seniors had the opportunity to interact directly with organizations who assist the elderly in a variety of ways.

“I am proud to be able to help people in our community protect what they have worked so hard for, and to ensure that they have the resources and knowledge they need in today’s technology-driven society,” said Joe Robach supporting seniors.

Joe Robach Supports Veterans with Local Informational Forum

Senator Joe Robach is supporting veterans by hosting an informational forum on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Greece Town Hall. This event will bring veterans advocacy groups together to provide information to help our veterans in civilian life.

“Our courageous veterans deserve the best because they have sacrificed so much for our great Nation. New York State offers many great opportunities and benefits for our military veterans to help them enter and transition into civilian life. This forum is designed to help connect them to those programs and services, a win-win for our veterans and our state,” said Joe Robach supporting veterans.

Senator Joe Robach supports veterans and the veterans community at various events throughout the year. By hosting this event, Robach is proud to be able to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Joe Robach is grateful to be partnering with the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Outreach Center, Monroe Community College and the Veterans Benefit Council to host this free forum. There will be informative presentations from representatives from the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs, Monroe Community College, the Veterans Outreach Center and Monroe County Veterans Services.

In addition, there will be information available from other veterans advocacy organizations including: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Monroe County Finger Lakes PTAC, New York Serves and the American Red Cross.

Joe Robach supports veterans and their families, and is proud to be sponsoring this forum that will help our veterans connect with the groups and services they need.


Rochester Senator Joe Robach will be hosting his annual free electronics recycling event this upcoming Sunday, February 28th for 9am to 1pm. This electronics recycling event will take place at the Monroe County Eco Park located at 10 Avion Drive, Rochester, NY 14624. Acceptable items at this electronics recycling event are laptops, desktop computers, televisions, video game consoles, cell phones, printers, MP3 players, DVD players and many other items. However, at this event, refrigerators and other household appliances that contain Freon will not be accepted. For a full list of accepted and non-acceptable items visit robach rochester recycle

Rochester Senator Joe Robach is partnering with Time Warner Cable, Waste Management, Monroe County, and SunKing to offer this free of charge to residents in the 56th District and across Monroe County. The past couple years, this event for Senator Robach has been a tremendous success, with more and more local residents taking advantage of this free opportunity to responsibly and freely recycle their household electronics.

Joe Robach Welcomes Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to Rochester

This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach welcomed New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to Rochester and Monroe County. The visit was organized so that Majority Leader Flanagan would better understand the important issues facing Rochester and Monroe County. This was the latest stop as the new leader tours New York State visiting members in their district.

Robach Flanagan RochesterWhile in Rochester, Joe Robach and Majority Leader Flanagan met with various labor leaders, business leaders, leaders in education, employers and various elected officials. These meetings helped the Majority Leader to better understand the unique community that makes up Rochester and its needs and strengths. These meetings included the building trades, the superintendents of Monroe County school district, including the leaders of Hilton, Greece, Gates Chili and Spencerport, the University of Rochester and Mayor Lovely Warren.

All in all, the visit of Majority Leader John Flanagan what truly makes the Rochester and Monroe County region a great place to live work and get an education.  Rochester Senator Joe Robach looks forward to continuing to partner with him to make upstate New York stronger.

Joe Robach Welcomes Vice President and Jobs to Rochester

This summer, Rochester Senator Joe Robach welcomed a jobs announcement by Vice President Joe Biden to Rochester and Greece as he and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a joint state and federal investment of approximately $600 million in the Rochester region to establish a state of the art, innovative American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics.  The AIM Photonics project will receive $110 million from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and that award will be supplemented by another $250 million from the State of New York, with additional funding commitments from public and private partners expected to exceed $245 million over the next five years for a 5:1 matching of federal funds.

With partners from coast to coast, the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will hope to establish a national and international presence in the Rochester area. Integrated photonics is expected to revolutionize the carrying capacity of Internet networks, enhance medical technology and improve imaging-sensing capabilities for national defense and security. The U.S. has been a world leader in developing photonics technology for the past century. Defense applications and technologies includes night vision systems, satellite surveillance systems, infrared, flexible displays, sensors, detectors, data communications, and lasers. Part of the reason why Rochester was chosen for this prestigious honor was due to capable and developed workforce that is available for the type of work that will be done, as well as the infrastructure of development that was established by Kodak and other area innovators.  Currently, Monroe County has over 24,000 people employed in the photonics industry, with that number expected to increase as this project is furthered developed.

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.