JOE ROBACH LOOKING FORWARD TO ROCHESTER’S 2014

With the changing of the calendar, Rochester Senator Joe Robach is looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store for the City of Rochester. Joe Robach Rochester 2014

Senator Robach was pleased to see many great events, news and ground breaking’s occur this past year.  From President Obama visiting Rochester, to breaking ground for CollegeTown at the University of Rochester and the new Port of Rochester Marina in Charlotte, securing funds to bring improvements in High Falls and the surrounding area, cutting the ribbon on the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability and many visits by Governor Andrew Cuomo, native son and friend Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, there was much to celebrate in 2013.

In 2014, Senator Robach is looking forward to continuing to work with his colleagues, old and new, including first term Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.  Over the course of the year, Senator Robach will being working to continue to ensure that Rochester and Monroe County receive the respect it deserves in State government as the third largest city in New York State and the 51st largest metro area in the United States.  He will work with the Governor and his legislature colleagues work toward growing the Upstate and Rochester economy, including a $2 billion tax relief plan proposed by the Governor in his state of state.  Some of these savings will exclusively help upstate and its hub of manufacturing in Monroe County. 2014 promises to be a year of continued success for Rochester and Monroe County!

JOE ROBACH HELPS TO ANNOUNCE RENOVATION OF ROCHESTER’S KODAK THEATER

This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach helped to raise the curtain at the new Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, formally Kodak Theatre on the Ridge, as it forms a partnership the Rochester Association of Performing Arts. This exciting partnership will help showcase local performing arts and musical talents, while utilizing our area’s largest performing arts theater. For more information about this new partnership.Robach Rochetser Kodak

Last August, Kodak announced it had reached an agreement with the Rochester Association for the Performing Arts (RAPA) to assume the management and operation of Kodak’s theater and related facilities at Eastman Business Park.

The RAPA has entered into a multi-year agreement with The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival-home to three theatres in Auburn, NY, including The Merry Go Round Playhouse. The partnership calls for several family-oriented musicals to appear at the Kodak Center beginning next Summer, including Mary Poppins, Damn Yankees, On The Town, The Will Rogers Follies, Church Basement Ladies (The Last Potluck Supper) and the smash hit, Menopause.

RAPA also is working with national production companies to attract major concerts and theatrical performances to the Kodak Center. He said the West Ridge Road complex- featuring Rochester’s largest stage, a 1,964-seat theater, advanced technical capabilities and extensive rehearsal spaces- makes it a perfect venue for such events.

Discussions also have begun with Visit Rochester to utilize the facility’s theater, audio-visual capabilities, meeting rooms, and dining areas for major conferences.

JOE ROBACH UNVEILS COATS FOR ROCHESTER KIDS

Rochester Senator Joe Robach and Greece Ecumenical Closet are proud to announce “From One Closet to Another”, a Coats for Kids Clothes Drive taking place until Friday, December 13th. Gently worn articles are being accepted, and all clothing will be donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet.

Senator Joe Robach said, “This is a great time to clean out your closet and provide gently worn winter articles of clothing to the less fortunate.”

If you have items to donate, you can drop off clothing at either of the following locations:

Office of Senator Joseph E. Robach
2300 West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14626
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet
500 Maiden Lane
Rochester, NY 14616
Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

“The Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet is in great need for winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens, and boots in all sizes for both boys and girls,” says Mickey Corsi, chairperson of Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet.

For more information, click the link below or call Paula Kosiorek at (585) 225-3650 or Mickey Corsi at (585) 227-2133.
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JOE ROBACH RAISES AWARENESS FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH IN ROCHESTER

This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach attended the ribbon cutting for the new Greece location of the the Elizabeth Wende Breast Care facility. As a leader in breast imaging and breast cancer diagnosis, this new facility will provide greater access to experience professionals for those in need. Senator Robach wishes all those involved in this new facility the best of luck and thanked them for all the work they do for women in the Rochester area.

Also last week, Senator Robach hosted his 6th Annual Women’s Wellness Fair at the Greece Ridge Mall. The Wellness Fair brought together many organizations and groups that focus on women’s health and wellness while providing information for those who attended. Some of the groups that attended were:
Rochester Hearing & Speech Center
Rochester Sports Nutrition
IWS Medical Massage
Erna’s Hope
Elizabeth Wende Breast Cancer LLC
Volunteers of America
Rochester Eye & Tissue Bank / Finger Lakes Recovery Network
RAC for Women
National Kidney Foundation
NAMI Rochester
doTERRA Essential Oils & b well essentials
Alternatives for Battered Women
HCR Home Care
Vemma
Canandaigua/Rochester VA
Independent Tastefully Simple Consultant
Resolve of Greater Rochester (formally SafeJourney) Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester
WellCare
NYS Health Department Bureau of HIV/STD Field Services Program
Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Fleet Feet Sports
Rochester Center for Community Health (Breast Health Awareness Project, Cancer Services Program of Monroe County & Rochester Walks)
Highland Breast Imaging
American Heart Association
Child Care Council
Made the Same, Inc
Energy on East
Petsaver
Sage Rutty
Unity Health System
Homeopathy and Natural Alternatives
American Red Cross
YWCA
Kraze Fitness
Gilda’s Club
Pancreatic Cancer Association of WNY
Breathe Yoga
United Healthcare
O’Dell Family Chiropractic
Legal Assistance of WNY
YourCare Medical Supply

JOE ROBACH HELPS REGISTER NEW ROCHESTER VOTERS

This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined students and facility from Monroe Community College for their voter registration drive, a grassroots effort to get more students registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day. It was great meeting with so many interested students and discussing the importance of voting with them. Senator Robach has always been a staunch believer that grassroots voter participation is what the United States of America was founded upon and through grassroots representation should be the manner in which representatives serve their constituents.

His belief in grassroots politics and getting people involved in the political process is one reason why, throughout his career, Senator Joe Robach has pushed for, and passed in the Senate, legislation allowing Initiative and Referendum in New York State. The People of New York do not currently have the constitutional right to enact laws, amend the constitution or repeal laws by initiative or referendum. Amending the State constitution to allow initiative and referendum will provide the citizens of New York the ability to enact laws which are specifically addressed to their concerns. This procedure is a reflection of the basic tenet of democracy which embodies government by the people, of the People and for the People. Initiative and Referendum is an integral mechanism for voters to exercise a direct and active role in enacting and defeating laws. The People of New York deserve a greater voice in government and will citizenry. Initiative and Referendum will provide voters stronger representation and allow them to act when their elected representatives fail to do so.

SENATOR JOE ROBACH, MAYOR ANNOUNCE ROCHESTER HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Yesterday, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined Mayor Tom Richards, City leaders and The Hispanic Heritage Committee of Rochester announce the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with series of events that highlight Latino Culture. Mayor Thomas S. Richards and Rochester City Councilwoman Jacklyn Ortiz read a Proclamation during a ceremony at a City Hall. After the proclamation, students from Wilson Foundation revealed the 23 National flags of Latin America, which were unfurled from the mezzanine overlooking the City Hall Atrium, where they will remain during Hispanic Heritage Month. Also during this month of celebration, works of art depicting the contributions of Rochester’s Hispanic community will be on exhibit in the City Hall Link Gallery and Visitor’s Lobby. Rochester-area youth who submitted some of the works will be recognized at an award ceremony on Oct. 18 in the Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St. from 5 to 8 p.m.

There are numerous events hosted by the City’s Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee:

-Lunch and Learn: Wednesday, Sept. 18, noon to 1pm, City Hall Room 208A (registration required). RSVP to Janet Gomez at 428-7515 or by email at HispanicHeritageMonth@cityofrochester.gov.
-Honoring Our Abuelitos: Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 to 8:30 p.m., St. Michael’s, 869 N. Clinton Avenue. Collaborative efforts with the Hispanic Community Center and Ibero’s programs: Project HOPE and Centro de Oro. Recognition of a Latino senior, dancing, live music and food.
-3rd Annual Latino College Fair: Friday, Oct. 11, 10 to12:30 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. Rochester City School District (RCSD) Junior and High School students will have an opportunity to stop by a dozen local agencies and colleges in one place. Motivational guest speaker and Spanish appetizers. For additional information, contact Albert Algarin, Jr. at 441-2512 or by email at HispanicHeritageMonth@cityofrochester.gov.
-Dancing to Latino Rhythms: Tuesday, Oct. 15, noon to 1p.m., City Hall Council Chambers. Professional dance instructor from Borinquen Dance Company (registration required). RSVP to Janet Gomez at 428-7515 or by email at HispanicHeritageMonth@cityofrochester.gov.
-Latino Art Link/Documentary with Norma Holland: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall Atrium. Historical photographs of local Hispanic families and sites in the early 80’s on display, paintings and crafts from RCSD students, live 3-guitar acoustical music and light appetizers.
-Latino Youth Performing Arts Expo: Friday, Oct. 18, 5 to 8 p.m., Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus Street. Evening of dining and entertainment featuring talented local youth and cultural display represented by all City recreation centers.
-Latino Gala: Friday, Oct. 25, 6 – midnight, Harro East Ballroom, 155 N. Chestnut Street. Dinner, live music and entertainment. Tickets for this event are $30 per person and can be purchased at D’Mangu at 1475 E. Henrietta Rd., El Pilon at 1038 N. Clinton Ave., Henry’s Check Cashing at 1143 Joseph Ave. For more information contact Janet Gomez at 428-7515 or by email at HispanicHeritageMonth@cityofrochester.gov.

JOE ROBACH CUTS RIBBON ON RENOVATED ROCHESTER ACADEMY BUILDING

Last week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined with his colleagues from the City of Rochester and other levels of government to help cut the ribbon on the renovated Rochester Academy Building at 13 South Fitzhugh Street in Downtown Rochester. Senator Robach was instrumental in working to help advocate for a 800k dollar grant from New York State to ensure this is important project received the funding needed.

George Traikos, of the Traikos Group, undertook this major, $7 million transformation of the historic Academy Building. The building will be has been commissioned into service as a mix of retail and residential space. It has 21 market-rate apartments ranging from one to three-bedroom units, Traikos says. The apartments, which start on the second floor, have been custom-designed to take advantage of some of the building’s unusual original features — 18-foot-high ceilings, crown molding (even in the hallways and stairwells), and in some instances, stained-glass windows. Each unit will have a washer and dryer, a powder room, tiled bathrooms, and wood floors.

The Academy Building has been prominently featured in numerous books and articles covering Rochester’s history. The building has had several incarnations: the city’s first high school, a municipal court, and home to the Rochester school board. With its pointed windows and doors and steep roofline, Rochester’s Free Academy Building is one of the city’s best examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture. The style is reminiscent of medieval European churches and castles. Instead of using paint to create color variations, different shades of building materials were used to give the style a polychrome look.

With the revival of the Academy Building, Rochester Downtown is beginning a regrowth that will help to ensure its’ future and Senator Joe Robach is proud to work towards that goal.

JOE ROBACH INVESTS IN ROCHESTERS AND HIGH FALLS FUTURE

Yesterday, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined Mayor Tom Richards to announce that $275,000 in state funding has been secured for the continued transformation of High Falls.  As part of the City’s continued plan to provide trails along both sides of the Genesee River. $200,000 will be used to upgrade the existing Genesee Riverway Trail and complete a portion of the trail on the east side of the Genesee River—from the new Genesee Brew House Visitors Center to the rim of the High Falls. The new trail will be called the High Falls/Genesee Brewery Line. Lighting of the falls will be added with the remaining $50,000.

“The High Falls area is one of our city’s most significant natural assets, and is tightly woven into the character and history of Rochester,” said Mayor Richards. “I want to thank Senator Robach for his tireless work in Albany to help us increase access to the High Falls so that more people can enjoy this wonder for years to come. The new trail and the addition of lighting at High Falls add to the momentum of Rochester’s transformation and to the beauty and unique experience of the High Falls District,” said Mayor Richards.

“I’m pleased to be able to work with Mayor Tom Richards and the City of Rochester to continue to improve our neighborhoods by bringing amenities to one of the city’s unique landmarks, High Falls. By securing these state resources, we can attract more people and bring more jobs to the Upper Falls and Downtown Rochester,” said Senator Robach.

This project will complete a quarter of the Friends of the Garden Aerial’s vision for a trail that will circle the High Falls Gorge from the Pone de Rennes Bridge and across the High Falls and will build upon other recent developments on the east side of the falls such as the opening of the Genesee Brew House and will complement upcoming improvement projects scheduled for Cataract and Platt Streets.

SENATOR JOE ROBACH ATTENDS ROCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY PICNIC

Last week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach attended the Rochester Public Library Picnic at Ontario Beach Park. The Rochester Public Library held the picnic for youths from the Charlotte, Lyell, Maplewood and Winton Branch Libraries. This program gave these kids the chance to go to the beach and participate in different activities with their peers.

Senator Joe Robach believes that Rochester’s libraries are the cornerstones of our communities, places that have something for the young and old alike. Libraries are more than just a place to take out books, they serve as extensions of our schools by helping to foster learning in our youths. At many of Rochester’s libraries, children’s programs make reading enjoyable, which helps improve literacy in the classroom and performance in local schools. Libraries are now even more of pivotal importance because they provide access to the internet and other new technology to those who might not otherwise have access at home, including adults for job searches.

Senator Robach remembers fondly visiting the Charlotte Library as a child with his mother and sisters, looking forward to taking out some of his favorites books, such as historical stories about our founding fathers like George Washington. These family visits instilled in him the importance of lifelong learning and love for reading. As a father of three, Senator Joe Robach would often take his own children to the library so they too would have the same of of reading embedded in them as he did growing up.

Joe Robach Shares Oppurtunity to Share Input on Rochester’s Highways

Rochester Senator Joe Robach would like to share a opportunity for the Rochester public to share their input regarding highway safety on Route 31, Monroe Avenue between Westfall/Allens Creek roads, and Route 65, Clover Street, in the town of Brighton.

The two most common accident patterns along this stretch of highway were carefully identified and evaluated by New York State Department of Transportation. The first consists of westbound traffic being involved in rear end collisions approaching the I-590 northbound on-ramp. The second consists of westbound traffic attempting to turn left into driveways on the south side of the road being involved in right angle collisions with eastbound traffic in the far right lane.

The project proposes a variety of ways to address these safety concerns. It also plans to resurface existing pavement, install new curb, drainage and signals, landscaping, signs and pavement markings. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring on 2014. The estimated cost of the project is $1.6 million and will be federally funded.

New York State Department of Transportation officials will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday, July 31 to discuss this matter. It will take place at the Brighton Town Hall, located at 2300 Elmwood Avenue. A presentation will be given providing an overview of the proposed highway project at 7:00pm. Interested individuals will also have the opportunity to ask NYS Department of Transportation staff any questions as well as provide comments on the proposed project prior to the presentation at 5:00pm. The location for the meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. A sign language interpreter will also be provided if requested by July 29. To request any special accommodations or obtain more information, please call NYSDOT at (585) 272-3368.