This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach was named as the new Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Transportation. Previously the Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Infrastructure, the new chairmanship will allow Senator Joe Robach to act upon the importance of infrastructure, roads, airports, railroad systems, not only for safe travel of all New York State citizens, but the correlation with economic development across New York, Upstate and in Rochester. Senator Joe Robach was the senior member of the Transportation Committee and a long time advocate of transportation issues in Rochester and Monroe County.Joe Robach Rochester Transportation

With this move, both the Chairmen of the Senate and Assembly Transportation committee’s call Rochester home. The transportation committees develop legislation on road safety and infrastructure policy and oversee what bills move to the floor of their respective houses for a vote. Typically, the committee chairmen team up on legislation. Majority Leader of the Senate, Dean Skelos said that “it’s a very important committee. Joe will do a great job at it.”

Senator Robach stated after the announcement that he was looking forward to work with all his colleagues in the Legislature, including members of the Senate and the Assembly to focus on the best way to improve transportation for all of New York State; as well as working locally to ensure continued improvements of 390 and 490 in Rochester.