Joe Robach office reminded residents this week that October is “Manufacturing Month” in New York. New Yorkers are encouraged to participate in 60 events taking place across the state throughout the month as an effort to promote and educate residents on the importance of the industry on the economy. Dozens of New York manufacturing companies are opening their doors and inviting the community to join them in company tours, presentations and various workshops in support of this annual national event.

In a press release issued by his office, Joe Robach explained that Manufacturing Day provides an opportunity for companies to showcase their industry practices and innovative products, and the highly skilled jobs available in advanced manufacturing fields. “It’s important to remember that the manufacturing sector continues to play an important role in our region,” said Joe Robach.

Manufacturing Day this year comes on the heels of recent actions to improve the business climate in New York. This year, the State implemented tax reforms that speak directly to the needs of businesses, including a real property tax credit against corporate and personal income taxes, as well as the elimination of the corporate income tax rate for Upstate manufacturers.

Companies in all ten regions across New York State specializing in areas ranging from aerospace to optics and photonics are hosting events to engage the public and highlight the State’s strengths in advanced manufacturing and research and development. A full list of events happening across the State on Manufacturing Day can be found HERE.

New York State’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers, funded through Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, are also hosting several events across New York.

About Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event, executed at the local level that supports hundreds of manufacturers across the nation as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. A panel of co-producers comprised of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing provide the centralized support necessary to coordinate this nationwide array of simultaneous events.

For more information, Joe Robach encourages residents to contact his local office.


The office of Joe Robach announced that the week of September 14 – 20, 2014 has been designated as Child Passenger Safety Week. The goal of Child Passenger Safety Week is to raise awareness and remind parents and caregivers to make sure that they are properly using and installing their child safety seats. As part of this national safety initiative, state and local police agencies and various community safety partners will be offering free child car seat inspections by certified child passenger safety technicians, along with help finding the right car seat for their child’s age and size.

Joe Robach reminded residents that car seats significantly reduce the risks to a child passenger during an accident, but only if they are properly sized and installed. Free car seat inspections will be going on during Child Passenger Safety Week, giving drivers the knowledge they need to keep kids safe while on the road. Anyone who drives with a young child on board are encouraged to have their car seat inspected.

Keeping children safe when traveling in a motor vehicle is one of the most important highway safety efforts that can be made. “The key to keeping kids safe, “said Joe Robach in a press release issued by his office, “It is vitally important that your child is in the right seat for their age and size, and to make sure that the seat is correctly installed in your vehicle.”

According to the office of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children aged one to 13 years old in the United States. In 2012, more than one third (37%) of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats, booster seats or seat belts. Every 34 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash.

When used correctly, car seats are proven to save lives. Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in cars. In 2012, among children under the age of 5 in cars, an estimated 284 lives were saved by child restraints.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration office estimates that an additional 58 children could have lived if car seat use was 100 percent.

Free child car seat inspection station times and locations throughout New York State are listed HERE. Car seat rankings are available HERE.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the following when purchasing and using child safety seats:

•Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.

•Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.

•To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.

•Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.


This week Joe Robach announced a new video public service announcement to remind motorists to drive safely in highway construction work zones. The PSA begins to air this week and features the wife and family of Gary Farrell, a maintenance worker for the New York State Department of Transportation, who was hit by a vehicle and killed while flagging traffic in a work zone.

Motorists are encouraged to exercise extra caution when traveling in work zones. This week the office of Joe Robach and other elected officials amplified that message to ensure the safety of New Yorkers both behind the wheel and on the job. Joe Robach noted that sharing the story of Gary Farrell is an important way to remind New Yorkers to remain alert and careful when driving through work areas. “It is my hope that together we can make the roads safer for all.” said Joe Robach in a press release issued by his office.

The video PSA can be viewed HERE.

Last year, there were five hundred and twenty-five accidents in work zones, resulting in two fatalities and one hundred and forty-nine injuries. NYSDOT and Joe Robach office advises motorists to follow simple rules in order to ensure safety in work zones, including slowing down, obeying signs and being alert and cautious while driving through them. In New York State, fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

Gary Farrell, of Holland Patent, Oneida County, was just 48 in November 2009 when he was struck and killed while working on a NYSDOT maintenance job. He left behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 14 years, Michele, and three children, James, Devyn and Alexander. Gary was a family man, volunteer firefighter and outdoorsman who loved to hunt. He had considered taking the day off work to take care of a personal matter – dealing with a deer he had shot while bow hunting the previous day – but did not want to leave his work crew short-handed. So he went to work, promising to be home by noon. Gary was killed at 11 a.m.

Michele’s message to motorists is simple: People need to be aware. Don’t just slowdown in work zones, but be aware of your surroundings. The workers are trying to make the roads better for you to travel on. They’re just out there doing their jobs and want to come home to their families. It’s so hard to tell your children that their father was killed. No one should have to go through that.

Gary Farrell’s story is a tragedy, and it underscores the need for drivers to pay attention in highway construction and maintenance work zones because it is a matter of life and death.



Joe Robach this week announced that 12 New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) in communities across the State will offer training sessions on opioid overdose prevention. Participants will learn how to administer overdose-reversing drug and receive a free rescue kit at OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers. Participants will also learn how to recognize an overdose, what to do during an overdose, how to provide rescue breathing during an overdose and how to administer naloxone. Upon completion of the training, participants will be certified to administer naloxone and will receive a free naloxone rescue kit. The training sessions, as a part of New York State’s efforts to help those struggling with opioid and heroin addiction, are free and open to the general public and first responders.

Joe Robach Office noted that these changes have come as a result of a series of public hearings conducted around the state and the recent passing of important legislation to combat this horrible epidemic. “Overcoming heroin and opioid abuse requires the community to come together and be ready no matter what” said Joe Robach. “Naloxone and administering properly is an important tool in this fight.” Proper training is aid to ensure safe and effective administration of the drug by families, community members and first responders on the front lines.

Heroin and opioid addiction has become an increasingly alarming problem in communities across the State and nation, with a particularly significant impact among younger individuals. In 2013, there were 89,269 cases of heroin and prescription opioid treatment admissions in New York State alone, an increase from 63,793 in 2004. During this same time period, the drug also disproportionately impacted New Yorkers ranging in age from 18 to 24. Nationally, as many as 467,000 people were reportedly abusing heroin or suffering from heroin dependence in 2012.

OASAS oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems with more than 1,600 prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. OASAS treatment programs assist about 100,000 people on any given day and more than 240,000 different individuals every year. To sign up for an upcoming naloxone training session at an OASAS ACT near you, visit

In June, legislation was signed designed to combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic in communities across the State. The legislation includes new programs and insurance reforms to improve treatment options for individuals suffering from heroin and opioid addiction; measures to strengthen penalties and put in place additional tools for law enforcement to crack down on the distribution of illegal drugs; support for enhanced public awareness campaigns to prevent drug abuse; and provisions to ensure the proper and safe use of naloxone.

Addiction is a chronic disease and New Yorkers need to know that help and hope is available. Individuals can get help by calling the toll-free, 24-hour 7 days a week New York State HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY. For more information, visit

Any additional questions may be directed to district office of Joe Robach located on Ridge Road in Greece.


The office of Joe Robach announced this week that New Yorkers can, for the first time ever, buy tickets online to attend the Great New York State Fair. The Fair, which is themed “Summer’s Best in Show” and runs from August 21 to September 1, has debuted a new online purchasing page on its website that offers tickets at a 40 percent discount over the price at the gate.

“It is easier than ever before for visitors to go visit to Syracuse and discover and enjoy all that the Great New York State Fair has to offer,” Joe Robach said in a press release sent out by this office. “Fairgoers will find great local food and beverages at this year’s State Fair and can now save more than forty percent on advance ticket purchases. This year’s fair is one that New Yorkers won’t want to miss.”

The secure website sells five products including the single-day ticket, which will be mailed free of charge to buyers:

•A single-day advance sale ticket, for $6. That’s a 40 percent savings over the $10 charge for admission at the gate during the Fair.
•A Frequent Fairgoer ticket book, which contains 6 days’ worth of tickets, for $30. That’s a 50 percent savings over the full general admission price.
•A single-day rides wristband voucher, for $20. The voucher saves $5 over the weekday price and $10 over the weekend price. The wristband allows a fairgoer to ride the all-new Wade Shows Midway rides all day.
•A voucher for the Mega Pass, for $70, which allows a fairgoer to ride Midway rides all day every day of the Fair.
•A daily parking pass for $5.

Joe Robach also explained that this is the first time that the Frequent Fairgoer ticket book and parking passes have been available beyond the State Fair Box Office. The online site joins a massive network of grocery and drug stores, including nearly every Wegmans, Price Chopper, Tops, and Kinney Drug, that last year sold more than 300,000 advance sale tickets. Select stores also sell one-day ride wristbands.

The New York State Fair is operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and showcases the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. This year’s tagline, “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun,” highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites. The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year.

A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website at Those who are interested in attending may also find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter.


The New York State Police will increase DWI and distracted driving patrols during this 4th of July weekend. The crackdown, beginning on Thursday July 3, through Sunday July 6, comes with a warning to motorists on the severe penalties and dangers of DWI and distracted driving. Additionally, more than 500 electronic message boards across the state will include “Don’t Drink and Drive… it’s the Law” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” notices.

“This is holiday weekend, and our State Police will be out in force to crack down on dangerous drivers,” Joe Robach said in a press release issued by his office. “The 4th of July is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and through this statewide campaign we are working to keep our roads safe for all travelers. As we celebrate this important holiday, all New York drivers are urged to drive responsibly and obey the rules of the road.”

In an effort to prevent tragedies caused by impaired, distracted, aggressive or reckless driving, the New York State Police will once again initiate special traffic enforcement efforts during the holiday weekend. During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols and underage drinking and sales to minors’ details during the campaign. Drivers should also remember to put down their electronic devices and also “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways.

During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. These vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Joe Robach Office pointed out that the New York State Police issued more than 10,000 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend last year. That’s compared to just over 3,200 in 2012. On 4th of July weekend in 2013 alone, Troopers ticketed 2,000 more speeders, and made 100 more DWI arrests than in 2012.

DWI Penalties

In New York State, the penalties for an alcohol or drug-related violation include the loss of driving privileges, fines, and a possible jail term. Depending on the violation, drivers face up to seven years in jail, up to $10,000 in fines and permanent revocation of your license.

Distracted Driving Penalties

If a driver is caught using a handheld device behind the wheel, drivers face up to 5 points on their license, up to $400 in fines and a $93 surcharge, depending on the number of offenses.

Penalties for Young Drivers

For drivers with a probationary license, Class DJ, MJ or a learner permit, conviction will result in a mandatory 60 day driver license or permit suspension. A second such conviction within six months will result in a revocation of at least 6 months of a probationary license or revocation of at least 60 days for a Class DJ or MJ driver license or learner permit.

Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the July 4th period in 2012, there were 179 people killed in crashes, and 44 percent of those crashes were alcohol-impaired.

Joe Robach, the Office of The New York State Police and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:

• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
• Use your community’s sober ride program;
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.


The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage last week to legislation (S7883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope) and supported by Joe Robach, that would help alleviate a backlog of cases in the state’s family courts by creating 25 new family court judgeships. One new judgeship would be established in each of 16 counties, and nine in New York City.

In a press release issued by his office this week, Joe Robach noted that family courts across the state are struggling to handle larger caseloads and more complex cases, and that strain is having a huge negative impact on children and families who need immediate intervention or are seeking justice. Joe Robach supported the addition of 25 new judgeships by saying “It will go a long way toward addressing this problem by giving the state’s family justice system the resources it needs to protect vulnerable children and families.”

New family court judges would be elected in 2014 in Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Franklin, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties, and take office January 1, 2015.

New family court judges would be elected in 2015 and seated in 2016 in Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, and Warren counties.

This would be the first major increase in the number of family court judges in New York in more than three decades.

According to the office of Joe Robach, the bill was also passed in the Assembly and signed into law by Governor Cuomo earlier today.

Joe Robach encourages anyone with questions to contact his local office.


Joe Robach Office this week announced $75.6 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funding for 33 projects that will enhance mobility and safety on roadways across the state. Projects for this highway safety funding are selected through a competitive process designed to support initiatives that have the greatest ability to reduce traffic fatalities and severe injuries.

As Chair of the Transportation Committee, Joe Robach said, “Strengthening vital infrastructure across the State is critically important to ensuring the safety of our communities, both today and for future generation. With these projects we are providing modern safety improvements that benefit everyone on the road, from drivers to bicyclists and pedestrians. Working alongside our partners in the federal government, our administration will continue to upgrade essential transportation networks in every corner of the State in order to make our communities safer for all.

Federal funding was made available to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), which administers the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Information on the Highway Safety Improvement program is available on the NYSDOT web site at

The Office of Joe Robach outlined the following projects as were awarded to the Finger Lakes region:

• $706,500 for a NYSDOT project to improve traffic safety on State Route 252, Jefferson Road, at its intersection with John Street/Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road in the towns of Brighton and Henrietta. Jefferson Road will be unchanged, but John Street will go from two lanes northbound with shared left- and right-turn lanes to a single north-bound lane with dedicated left and right turn lanes. Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road will change from two lanes southbound with shared left and right turn lanes to a single southbound lane with dedicated left and right turn lanes. The Jefferson Road traffic signal will be upgraded to allow a flashing yellow arrow configuration at the Jefferson Road left turn lanes.

• $250,000 for a NYSDOT project to enhance highway signage and pavement markings at select highway entrance ramps in Monroe County to discourage wrong-way driving crashes.

• $250,000 for a NYSDOT project to install Center Line Audible Roadway Delineators (CARDS) along 60 miles of highway in Livingston, Ontario, Wayne and Monroe counties to restore pavement markings, enhance visibility and retroreflectivity, and reduce cross-over vehicle crashes.

• $7.6 million for a NYSDOT project to improve Route 531 where it intersects with Routes 36 and 31 in the towns of Ogden and Sweden, Monroe County. Traffic calming features will be added to slow traffic such as chicanes, raised medians, left hand turn lanes and acceleration lanes. This will reduce speeds and provide a transition from the high-speed expressway to the rural, two-lane section of the roadway. Pedestrian safety improvements include new sidewalks, countdown timers and 8-foot wide shoulders to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Congressman Tom Reed said, “Safe, reliable transportation infrastructure is critical to jobs in our area and a fair investment for the taxpayers whose dollars are going to care for our local roads. We have made local infrastructure improvements a priority in our office by hosting regular meetings with local highway officials and infrastructure experts – listening to their needs on the ground and working with them to make projects cost effective. Our aging rural roads and bridges cannot be overlooked and we will continue to work with Governor Cuomo to make improvements a reality for the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.”

For more information on these projects and others, Joe Robach encourages residents to contact his office at 585.225.2650.


Joe Robach helped designate this week as Hurricane Preparedness Week in the Empire State and urged residents to know the risks of hurricanes and take appropriate precautions for the possibility of extreme weather. New Yorkers can prepare for the 2014 hurricane and coastal storm season by reviewing their family emergency plans and checking on emergency supplies they have at home, in their cars and at work.

Joe Robach reminded residents that Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee showed how Mother Nature can quickly disrupt lives and damage communities. Those storms taught a valuable lessons about the importance of planning ahead when a disaster strikes, and with another hurricane season approaching, the office of Joe Robach urges all Monroe County residents to prepare themselves and their families for any possible emergency. “Together we can be the first responders in our own homes and neighborhoods and ultimately build a stronger, more resilient New York.” said Joe Robach.

Hurricane Sandy is the most costly disaster to ever hit the shores of New York State. 61 residents lost their lives, more than two million people lost power, more than 300,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed and more than 400,000 residents of New York City and Long Island were evacuated from their homes.

Joe Robach encouraged all residents to take the time before a storm occurs to learn the appropriate actions that can protect their home, office and loved ones before, during and after a hurricane:

• Know how to contact all family members at all times. Identify an out-of-town friend or family member to be the “emergency family contact.” Then make certain all family members have that number.

• Designate a family emergency meeting point, some familiar location where the family can meet in the event the home is inaccessible.

• Prepare an emergency phone list of people and organizations that may need to be called, including schools, doctors, child/senior care providers, and insurance agents.

• Know the hurricane / storm risks in their areas, and learn the storm surge history. • Learn their community’s warning signals and evacuation plans.

• Make sure your family has an evacuation kit with supplies for the entire family as well as pets, well in advance of an emergency.

• Stock up on emergency supplies, non-perishable food and water. Try to plan for 7-10 days without access to basic lifesaving supplies.

• Make arrangements on where to relocate pets during a storm. • Have your family learn basic safety and first aid measures. If you can, stock up on prescribed medicines and have supplies for persons with special needs such as the elderly and infirm.

• Practice the Plan! Additionally, New Yorkers should familiarize themselves with basic hurricane related terms such as:

  • Tropical Depression: A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed is 38 mph or less.
  • Tropical Storm: A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed ranges from 39 mph to 73 mph.
  • Hurricane: A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind is 74 mph or more.
  • Hurricane Warning: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
  • Hurricane Watch: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. •
  • Tropical Storm Warning: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours. • Tropical Storm Watch: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) is possible within the specified area within 48 hours.


This week Joe Robach encouraged New York State Veterans with disabilities to apply for the new Lifetime Liberty Pass, which permits qualified disabled Veterans discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities operated by the Office Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The launch of the Liberty Pass comes as an attempt to improve services to Veterans and military families. It also is an attempt to support the state’s efforts to improve and celebrate its many outdoor recreational opportunities as we head into the summer tourism season.

“New York’s disabled veterans put their lives on the line for our state and nation, and providing them with lifetime access to our parks is one small way we can continue to extend our gratitude for their service,” Joe Robach said in a statement sent out by his office. “I encourage all qualified veterans to take advantage of this new opportunity.”

Joe Robach pointed out that New York has a wide array of natural resources. The intent of the new Lifetime Liberty Pass is to remove barriers for a key population, valued Veterans with disabilities, making it even more affordable for a lifetime. This enhanced value is another example of how New York State is improving services to Veterans while promoting outdoor recreational opportunities.”

The Lifetime Liberty Pass benefits includes free vehicle entry to State Parks and DEC-operated day-use areas, as well as numerous State boat launch sites, historic sites, arboretums and park preserves; free golf at 28 State Park golf courses; free swimming pool entrance at 36 State Park pools, and discounted camping and cabin rentals at all 119 State Park and DEC campgrounds. Numerous historic sites and parks in the State Park system commemorate the service of Veterans.

To qualify for the pass, the Veteran must provide State Parks with written certification from the United States Veterans Administration or the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs that the appli¬cant is a Veteran with a 40% or greater service connected disability. Visit the State Parks website for more information and an application:

New York State Veterans with disabilities who currently hold a valid Access Pass may continue to use their pass for its duration. Prior to expiration, the pass-holder will only need to send in a new picture and a copy of their valid NYS driver’s license or non-driver ID. If the pass holder wishes to have the Lifetime Liberty Pass sooner, they will need to send in their current pass before the new pass can be issued.

The Veteran’s Summit held earlier this month focused on creating a comprehensive approach to improving services to Veterans and military families in New York, including the areas of affordable housing, employment, education, benefits, and mental health. It included the participation of leaders from 36 Veterans groups, 11 representatives from military bases in New York, 28 administrators from educational institutions, and 18 executives from private businesses. The Lifetime Liberty Pass is one of multiple initiatives announced that will provide Veterans and military families greater access to affordable housing, employment, and educational opportunities throughout the state.

Joe Robach encourages all residents with questions to contact his office at 585.225.3650.