Senator Joe Robach of Rochester was born and raised in the City of Rochester, more specifically in the neighborhood of Charlotte. Born to the first generation parents of European immigrants who did not speak English, Joe Robach with the help of his mother Terri, and his late father, former Assemblyman Roger Robach learned how to effectively represent his neighbors and this community in various capacities. After representing the Charlotte area in the State Assembly for ten years and now currently in the Senate, he has continually advocated on this part of the city’s behalf when legislation and various issues come before the legislature.
In 2008, Senator Joe Robach of Rochester was able to help secure a grant of five thousand five hundred dollars for the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society. This grant was used to fund the expansion of presentation, research and educational opportunities at the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society. A digital projector and laptop computer were also purchased to help in the Society’s outreach effort to the general public. Since receiving the equipment the Society has already been out at local schools and the annual Regional History Fair displaying Lighthouse history. The grant also allowed the Society to purchase Past Perfect, Museum Software. The software will allow the Society to create an electronic data base of all items at the lighthouse. It will allow for tracking Lighthouse inventory.
Senator Joe Robach of Rochester stated that “the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse is one of the most historically significant landmarks in the City of Rochester and it has become a pillar of the Charlotte community. As I was born and raised in Charlotte, I know the deep community significance of this monument and, as a legislator; it is my privilege to secure state funding to preserve it. I applaud the work of the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Preservation Society for their diligence and passion in sustaining the beauty and history of this landmark”.