THE OFFICE OF JOE ROBACH WARNS COLLEGE STUDENTS OF THE DANGERS OF BUYING FALSE IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS ON THE INTERNET

This week the office of Joe Robach issued a warning to college students returning for the fall semester that purchasing fake IDs is not only illegal, but also increases the chance of becoming a victim of identify fraud. In recent years, investigators from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles have found dozens of examples of underage license holders becoming victims of identity theft after purchasing fraudulent identification online from overseas companies.

“It’s just not worth it — both for the immediate consequences of getting caught with a fake ID and for putting their financial future at risk.” Joe Robach said in a press release issued by his office earlier this week.

Using only a victim’s name, address, Social Security number, and date of birth, criminals can repeatedly open new lines of credit, take money from bank and retirement accounts, get a job, file false tax returns, and even seek medical attention, making it extremely difficult for a victim to recover his or her own records, name, and life.

According to the 2014 Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, 18 percent of identity theft victims were ages 20 to 29; about six percent of victims were 19 years old or younger. These age groups are less likely to regularly track bank account and credit card activity, pay for identity theft monitoring services, and use discretion when sharing information on social media, making them more susceptible to identity theft than any other age group.

Through targeted enforcement actions with a variety of law enforcement entities, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles arrests hundreds of people under the age of 21 for possession of false documents each year. Dozens of these individuals have since reported falling victim to identity theft. At one concert last year, 15 people were arrested by Department of Motor Vehicles investigators for possessing fake IDs and three of them later reported that their identities had been compromised. Investigators report that counterfeiters obtain duplicate social security cards, birth certificates, and credit cards, as well as acquire fake licenses through information submitted over the internet.

Most of the people arrested for fraudulent driver licenses or identification cards purchase these documents over the internet from overseas companies. For more than a decade, the Department of Motor Vehicles and its partners in federal and state law enforcement agencies have worked together to crack down on counterfeiters by identifying sources and shutting down their operations, including, most recently, the ID Chief website. The Department of Motor Vehicles continues to work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to shut down the operations of many of the companies who have since tried to fill that void.

Joe Robach’s office also noted that identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer complaint categories for the 15th consecutive year in 2014. Nearly 16,000 identity theft complaints across all age groups were logged last year in New York State.

OFFICE OF JOE ROBACH ANNOUNCE STATEWIDE END-OF-SUMMER “DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER” CRACKDOWN ON IMPAIRED DRIVING

This week the office of Joe Robach announced that the New York State Police will be ramping up enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on impaired driving. The 20-day campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7 (Labor Day) and is aimed at significantly reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. The New York State Police, together with the important work of local law enforcement, will be vigilant in screening for impaired drivers.

The Traffic Safety Committee 2014 annual report found that while the number of alcohol-related crash injuries were down in New York State by nearly 800 over a five-year period starting in 2009, 364 people were killed in such crashes in 2013 and about 30 percent of New York’s crash fatalities are alcohol-related. Additionally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,076 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher 2013.

According to Joe Robach office, In New York State, .08 percent BAC is the legal threshold for driving while intoxicated, but many offenders are arrested at nearly twice that level: statewide, the average BAC of those arrested for alcohol-impaired driving is more than .14. Alcohol, however, is just one substance contributing to traffic fatalities. Drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine, are a factor in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says.

Even when drunk or impaired driving does not end in death or injury, its effects are particularly costly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the annual economic cost of alcohol-related motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States totals $49.8 billion.

In June 2015, it was reported that New York State had kept more than 7,500 repeat offenders off the road since implementing tougher DWI regulations in September 2012. Those individuals were denied relicensing either permanently or for an additional five years for having three or more alcohol or drug-related driving offenses on their record. As of July 31, the number has risen to more than 8,000.

On November 1, 2014, even stronger penalties were enacted in New York to deter impaired driving. Drivers convicted of DWI or DWAI three or more times in 15 years face a Class D felony charge, up to seven years in prison, and a fine up to $10,000.
To learn more about the risks of impaired driving and for traffic safety tips, visit the DMV website or contact the office of Joe Robach.

JOE ROBACH ANNOUNCES RECORD-SETTING SEAT BELT USE IN NEW YORK AND ACROSS REGION

The office of Joe Robach announced this week that a record 92 percent of New Yorkers are buckling up and regularly using seat belts. This is the sixth consecutive year that seat-belt use has stayed at or above 90 percent, according to the New York State Seat Belt Observation Survey, conducted each year by the University at Albany Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research.

In a press release issued by his office, Joe Robach noted that New York was the first state to enact seatbelt laws in 1984. New York is a primary enforcement state, which means a law enforcement officer can stop a vehicle and issue a traffic ticket for failure to wear a seat belt without observing another violation. Failure to wear a seat belt carries a fine of up to $50.

Nationally, seat belt use in 2014 averaged 87 percent, according to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). New York was among only 19 states and the District of Columbia with seat belt use rates of 90 percent or higher. The 2014 NOPUS found that seat belt use continued to be higher in the states with primary seat belt laws compared to “secondary law states” where law enforcement can only write a ticket if they have stopped a vehicle for another alleged infraction.

In July, the State Police and New York State Parks Police partnered for the 2015 Buckle Up New York in the Parks, or BUNY in the Parks, an enforcement and educational campaign to encourage visiting motorists and passengers to properly buckle-up their seatbelts. This year the National Park Service Law Enforcement Division also participated in this campaign, which ran from July 11-26. The State Police and State Park Police conducted joint details on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley. The campaign resulted in 499 tickets issued for adult seat belt violations and 1,220 for child passenger safety violations.

From May 18-31, New York State participated in the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization. As part of this effort, the New York State Police, county and municipal law enforcement agencies in marked and unmarked vehicles aggressively ticketed unbelted drivers traveling the state’s roadways through checkpoints and roving details. Nearly 25,000 tickets were issued for adult seat belt violations and nearly 2,500 for child passenger safety violations. The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Thruway Authority coordinated variable message boards with “Click It or Ticket” messaging on roadways throughout the campaign.

The office of Joe Robach also noted that according to NHTSA, there were 9,580 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationwide in 2013. Additionally, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) estimates that nearly 700 unbelted motorists per month are injured severely enough to require hospital treatment.

THE OFFICE OF JOE ROBACH ADVISES RESIDENTS TO STAY SAFE IN SUMMER HEAT

This week Joe Robach and office urged all residents to take precautions as high temperatures and humidity are being predicted throughout New York State this week. Temperatures are expected to top 90 degrees over the next few days in communities across the state.

“Temperatures are expected to climb significantly across the state this week, and combined with high humidity, it is important for residents take appropriate precautions,” Joe Robach said in a press released issued by his office. “I encourage everyone to stay indoors when possible, stay hydrated, and check on any neighbors who may need assistance.”

Excessive heat is the leading cause of preventable, weather-related deaths each year, particularly among the elderly. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat causes more than 650 preventable deaths in the United States each year. In most years, excessive heat causes more deaths than floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service statistics, there have been more than 80 deaths directly attributable to heat in New York State since 2006.

The expected high temperatures are prompting the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) to offer New Yorkers tips to help them stay safe.

To help New Yorkers stay safe during excessive heat, DOH and DHSES offer this advice:

  • Minimize, if possible, strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun’s peak hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Exercise during early morning hours or in the evening, when the temperatures tend to be lower.
  • Drink at least 2-4 glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine. · If possible, stay out of the sun and seek air-conditioned settings. The sun heats the inner core of your body, which may result in dehydration. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine, or go to a building with air conditioning (such as libraries, malls, supermarkets, or friends’homes).
  • If you must go outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor (SPF) rating of at least 15 and a hat to protect your face and head. When outdoors, wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn and over-warming effects of sunlight on your body.
  • Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car or other vehicles during periods of intense summer heat. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit quickly. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill within a matter of minutes.
  • Make an effort to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially the elderly, infants and young children, or others with special needs.
  • Make sure there is enough water and food for pets and limit their exercise during periods of extreme temperatures.

Individuals who are often at greatest risk during periods of excessive heat include:

  • Elderly persons, infants and small children
  • Persons with weight or alcohol problems
  • Persons on certain medications or drugs

HEAT HEALTH HAZARDS

Heat Stroke: Also known as sunstroke, heat stroke can be life threatening. Body temperature can rise and cause brain damage; death may result if the individual is not cooled quickly. Signals include hot, red, and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse, and shallow breathing. A cold bath or sponge can provide relief and lower body temperature.

Heat Exhaustion: While less dangerous than heat stroke, heat exhaustion poses health concerns and it most often occurs when people exercise too heavily or work in warm, humid places where body fluids are lost. Signals include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness and exhaustion. If symptoms occur, move the victim out of sun, and apply cool, wet cloths.

Sunburn: Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. Signals include redness and pain; in severe cases, swelling of skin, blisters, fever, and headaches can occur. Ointments can be a relief for pain in mild cases. A physician should see serious cases. To protect yourself, wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor rating (SPF) of at least 15. Always re-apply sunscreen after periods of heavy sweating or swimming.

Heat Cramps: Muscular pains and spasms are often caused by heavy exertion. Loss of water and salt from sweating causes cramping. Signals are abdominal and leg muscle pain. Relief can be firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massages to relieve cramping. Remember to hydrate often while exercising or working outdoors.

Heat Rash: Skin irritation that looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. Try to move the person to a cool place, keep the affected area dry, and have the person use talcum powder to increase comfort.

BE ENERGY SMART

  • Power outages are more likely to occur during warm weather, when utility usage is at its peak. To avoid putting a strain on the power grid, conserve energy to help prevent power disruptions.
  • Set your air conditioner thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Only use the air conditioner when you are home.
  • Turn non-essential appliances off. Only use appliances that have heavy electrical loads early in the morning or very late at night.

For more information, the office of Joe Robach suggests residents visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hot,
or http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/heataware.cfm.

JOE ROBACH AND OFFICE HELPS TO ANNOUNCE EXPANDED ACCESS TO RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR MILLIONS OF NEW YORKERS

This week the office of Joe Robach announced the approval of a bold new community initiative enabling millions of New Yorkers to access clean and affordable energy for the first time. Shared Renewables provides opportunities for renters, homeowners, low-income residents, schools and businesses to join together to set up shared renewable energy projects resulting in healthier and stronger communities.

The Shared Renewables initiative will help people and communities across the state save money on local clean energy projects. “This program sets out to protect the environment and ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of their zip code or income, have the opportunity to access clean and affordable power.” Said Joe Robach in a press release issued by his office.

Renewable resources are already providing massive economic and environmental benefits across the state, with installed solar capacity having grown 300% between 2011 and 2014. Yet, many New Yorkers are still unable to participate because they rent their home, live in an apartment building, or own properties unsuitable for installing solar panels or other clean energy technologies.

Under the Shared Renewables initiative (also referred to as community distributed generation), customers can join together to share in the benefits of local solar, wind, and other renewable energy projects. Each individual member’s production would appear as a credit on their monthly utility bill. The first phase of Shared Renewables will focus on promoting low-income customer participation and installations in areas of the power grid that can benefit most from local power production.

This initiative takes a proactive approach to meet the challenges facing today’s power sector by building a regulatory framework to modernize the utility industry to create greater value for customers and support new investment in clean energy.

During the first phase of Shared Renewables from October 19, 2015 through April 30, 2016, projects will be limited to those that advance one of two specific REV goals: siting distributed generation in areas where it can provide the greatest locational benefits to the larger power grid, or supporting economically distressed communities by ensuring at least 20 percent of the participants are low- and moderate-income customers.

Beginning May 1, 2016, a second phase will make shared renewable projects available throughout entire utility service territories.

Customers interested in the Shared Renewables initiative can participate in a number of ways. For instance, the residents of a condominium may want to join together for a shared solar project. They would need to find a “sponsor” who will be responsible for organizing the project on behalf of the residents. A sponsor could be a developer or even the residents of the building banding together to form a legal entity such as a limited liability corporation, or LLC. To learn more about how you can participate in shared renewables as a customer, community, or project sponsor, please visit http://www.ny-sun.ny.gov/Community-Solar and sign up to receive assistance and resources to help you take advantage of local clean energy projects.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

According to Joe Robach’s office, Under Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), New York State is spurring clean energy innovation and attracting new investment to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV encompasses groundbreaking regulatory reform to integrate clean energy into the core of our power grid, redesigned programs and strategies to unlock private capital, and active leadership in deploying innovative energy solutions across the State’s own public facilities and operations. REV will enable a dynamic, clean energy economy operating at a scale that will stimulate opportunities for communities across the state to create jobs and drive local economic growth, while protecting our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.

JOE ROBACH OFFICE ANNOUNCES NEW COMBAT ON LYME AND TICK-BORN DISEASES

Joe Robach office announces that New York State is taking new measures to combat Lyme disease and other tick-born diseases.

Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the Borrelia type. The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness, known as erythema migrans, that begins at the site of a tick bite about a week after it has occurred. The rash is typically neither itchy nor painful. About 25% of people do not develop a rash. Other early symptoms may include fever, headache, and feeling tired. If untreated, symptoms may include loss of the ability to move one or both sides of the face, joint pains, severe headaches with neck stiffness, or heart palpitations, among others. Months to years later, repeated episodes of joint pain and swelling may occur. Occasionally, people develop shooting pains or tingling in their arms and legs. Despite appropriate treatment, about 10 to 20% of people also develop joint pains, have problems with memory, and feel tired much of the time. This potentially debilitating and life-threatening illness is spreading rapidly across New York. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York has the third highest number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the nation. The disease has been reported in every region of the state.

In an effort to combat the spread of this epidemic, Joe Robach office legislation that would promote strategies for prevention, identification and response.

The legislation would:
– Provide reliable information to homeowners to protect their property from ticks;
– Develop a program for early education and prevention;
– Bring the Department of Education and Department of Health together to provide resources for children; and
– Require the Department of Environmental Conservation to develop annual guidelines for treating residential properties.

Bills like this one is a part of the Senate’s continuing efforts to combat Lyme and tick-born disease. In this year’s budget, Joe Robach office explained that additional funding was approved to help support research, education and prevention efforts.

The Senate also created a Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Born Diseases that is taking a comprehensive approach to develop detection and prevention initiatives across the state.

These are major steps in the fight against this epidemic that has impacted families in every region of New York. For more information on this legislative package or the Task Force, Joe Robach office asks residents check his website.

JOE ROBACH OFFICE ANNOUNCES FINAL AGREEMENT ON MAJOR PRIORITIES FOR END OF 2015-16 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

This week Joe Robach office announced details of a final agreement on a number of major priorities for the end of the 2015-16 legislative session.

According to a press release issued by the office of Joe Robach, an agreement was reached on robust, comprehensive reforms that put the people of New York first. It strengthens rent laws and extending them for four years in the New York City area to protect more than two million tenants. It also extends the property tax cap and creating a $1.3 billion property tax rebate program to provide significant relief to homeowners across the state and providing $250 million to support the education of roughly 400,000 students in the state’s non-public schools. It was noted that these are the kinds of reforms that keep New York moving forward, creating a better life and livelihood for people in virtually every corner of the state.

The legislation introduced today contains a variety of significant reforms and actions, including:

Extending the Property Tax Cap and Cutting Taxes for Homeowners

The legislation extends the property tax cap for an additional four years. Since its enactment in 2011, the real property tax cap has dramatically reduced the growth in local property taxes. Through the first three years of the Cap, the typical property taxpayer has saved more than $800, compared to if taxes had continued to grow at the previous growth rate. If the trend continues, by 2017, the typical taxpayer will have saved more than $2,100 in local property taxes as a result of the Cap.

Building on the success of the property tax cap, the legislation includes a new Property Tax Credit that will provide more than $3.1 billion over four years in direct relief to struggling New York taxpayers. The program is progressively structured so that taxpayers with lower incomes receive a higher benefit.

In the first year, 2016, the program will be coupled with the existing Property Tax Freeze credit to provide a total average credit of $350. Beginning in 2017, the program will provide property tax relief based on a percentage of a homeowner’s STAR benefit, with lower incomes receiving a larger percentage. All homeowners with incomes below $275,000 who live in school districts that comply with the property tax cap will be eligible to receive the credit. This year, 98 percent of school districts complied with the cap. When the program is fully phased-in for benefits provided in 2019, it will provide $1.3 billion of property tax relief and an average credit of $530.

Additionally, this agreement creates a program that will help communities that face decreased property tax revenue as a result of the loss or reduction in tax payments from power plants and other facilities that close in their community.

For New York City residents, the legislation extends by four years the $85 million, progressively structured “Circuit Breaker” tax relief program. Qualifying homeowners and renters with incomes below $200,000 are eligible to receive a refundable tax credit against the personal income tax when their property taxes or rent exceeds a certain percentage of their income.

Extending and Reforming 421-a

The legislation extends the 421-a program for six months, with a provision that allows representatives of labor and industry groups to reach a memorandum of understanding regarding wage protections for construction workers. If such an agreement is reached, the program will automatically be extended for four years.

Investing in Education

The legislation also includes major advancements in education policy and assistance for nonpublic schools in New York State. These include:

· Increased funding of $250 million to reimburse private schools for the costs of performing State-mandated services.

· The Parental Empowerment Act which requires additional disclosure of state exam questions and answers, the creation of a test content review committee by the State Education Department, and clarification of required components of the student growth model for teacher evaluations.

· A one-year extension of mayoral control of the New York City school system.

· An increase in the number of charter schools available to be issued in New York City to 50 and enhanced flexibility in teacher certification rules.

· $25 million to help resolve the acute financial challenges currently being faced by the Yonkers School District and $6 million to support programs to combat child poverty in the City of Rochester.

Finally, the legislation also amends current law to allow the sitting governor, or former governors, to officiate marriages in the State of New York. Previously, Governors could only solemnize marriages ceremonially, unless they were also ordained ministers.

Building on Progress

Joe Robach Office also noted that state lawmakers also recently reached agreements on two other significant packages of legislation – the first ensuring that private colleges in the state establish a uniform and comprehensive set of policies to protect students from sexual violence, and the second giving the state the authority to crack down on bad actors in the nail salon industry, while also establishing a new licensing program to help workers acquire new skills. Additionally, an agreement was reached last week on a bill to codify comprehensive reforms to overhaul the port authority of New York and New Jersey.

These reforms also build on the earlier accomplishments secured during the first half of the legislative session, including:

· Landmark education reforms and a $1.3 billion increase in state education aid, bringing total state funding to $23.5 billion – the highest in New York’s history;

· New ethics laws to deter, detect and punish breaches of the public trust, including the nation’s strongest disclosure requirements for outside income;

· $5.4 billion investment in programs and initiatives to grow New York’s economy (such as the $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative, a $1.3 billion investment in the New York State Thruway, and $500 million to establish the New NY Broadband Program and ensure statewide high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018); and

· An economic mobility agenda that includes investments in affordable housing, student loan relief, MWBE support, and homeless and hunger assistance programs.

JOE ROBACH OFFICE RELEASES PROPERTIES NOMINATED TO STATE AND NATIONAL REGISTERS OF HISTORIC PLACES

This week the New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the addition of 26 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Joe Robach office noted that the nominations reflect the breadth of New York’s history, ranging from one of the last amusement park rides left at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair in Queens, to the site of a 1943 school segregation fight in Rockland County.

State and National Register listing can assist property owners in revitalizing buildings, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Spurred by the state and federal historic rehabilitation commercial tax credits administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, Joe Robach office noted that developers invested $500 million statewide in 2014 to revitalize properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Homeowners using the state historic homeowner rehabilitation tax credit invested more than $9.8 million statewide on home improvements to help revitalize historic neighborhoods.

The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. There are more than 120,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.

Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register. More information and photos of the nominations is available on the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website. According to the office of Joe Robach some of the properties, surrounding the Rochester region, include:

Erie County

East Hill Historic District, Springville – Beginning with the construction a Greek
Revival house at 154 East Main Street around 1835, the district’s residential architecture reflects nearly 100 years of the village’s growth.

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Buffalo – Designed in 1932 in the Byzantine Revival style, the church was built after the Bolshevik Revolution swelled the number of immigrants fleeing Russia to practice their religion freely in the United States, precipitating the need for a larger worship space in Buffalo.

American Radiator Company Factory Complex, Buffalo – Developed between 1891 and 1939, the manufacturing and research facility led the way in advancing steam-heating technology as part of a movement towards better health and safe, more cost-effective alternatives to coal.

Monroe County

Park-State Historic District, Brockport – the district reflects the architectural and social development of the village from 1820-1930, starting in the era when Brockport was a growing village, home to thriving industrial and commercial enterprises, encompassing the railroad era, and finally the village’s shift in orientation from commerce and industry to education.

Chili-West Historic District, Rochester – Creation of the intact residential district was sparked by a series of building booms, and by 1935 it was fully built out and had attained the characteristics of an outlying urban neighborhood accessible by street car and automobile.

Sibley 19th Ward Historic District, Rochester – The significance of the Sibley
Historic District is largely due to its extant historic housing stock of homes in the Colonial Revival, American Foursquare, Craftsman and Tudor Revival styles, making the area a virtual snapshot of the development of the city’s Nineteenth Ward in the early 20th century.

Ontario County

St. Francis De Sales Church Complex, Geneva – The complex includes four historic buildings, beginning with its church, dated to 1864, and including the 1868 rectory, 1874 school (expanded 1909) and 1874 convent and reflects the rapid and extensive growth of the Roman Catholic community in Geneva.

Orleans County

Holley Village Historic District, Holley – The district’s 37 properties make up the commercial and institutional core of the village as it developed from 1822 to 1931; it was built along a distinctive street plan that was oriented to the Erie Canal’s irregular alignment as it spanned Sandy Creek.

Wyoming County

Barna C. Roup House, Perry – Built in 1898, the Queen Anne-style house was constructed during the village’s period of major growth and was owned by Barna C. Roup, a notable local attorney.

JOE ROBACH OFFICE HELPS ANNOUNCE MULTI-MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT IMPAIRED DRIVING IN NEW YORK

This week the office of Joe Robach announced that New York State will begin a statewide multi-media campaign using billboards, radio, television and social media to remind motorists about the deadly impacts of impaired driving. The campaign, funded by a Traffic Safety Committee, builds on the state’s ongoing efforts to combat impaired driving and reduce the number of traffic fatalities.

Drinking and driving has no place on New York roadways and Joe Robach and other state offices have made it a priority to crack down on this irresponsible and dangerous behavior. There were a record low number of DWI-related deaths last year and with this campaign seeks to build on this success, prevent more impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, and further avoid preventable tragedies.

Preliminary data shows that New York State recorded 1,037 traffic fatalities in 2014, which was the lowest number of traffic fatalities since the state began keeping records in 1925. In 2013, 1,199 individuals died in motor vehicle crashes. The public service announcement will soon air on cable and network television and radio stations statewide and will be supported by GTSC, DMV and other state agencies through their social media channels. Over the past several years, New York State has implemented an aggressive approach to combating impaired driving. By leveraging the state’s network of county STOP-DWI programs, GTSC uses statewide enforcement mobilizations during holiday periods and in conjunction with national crackdowns to vigorously crack down on impaired driving. In 2014, the STOP-DWI Foundation launched the ‘Have a Plan’ mobile app to reduce impaired driving and encourage motorists to find a safe way home instead of driving.

Joe Robach office also noted that the state also took steps to strengthen its impaired driving laws last year. Effective November 1, 2014, drivers convicted of DWI or DWAI three or more times in 15 years face a Class D felony charge, up to seven years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

OFFICE OF JOE ROBACH URGES INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO STAY SAFE WHEN ENJOYING NEW YORK’S OUTDOORS

This week Joe Robach highlighted safety tips for visitors taking advantage of New York’s outdoor recreation opportunities this summer. New York State and specifically the Monroe County region offers a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages and abilities, and taking basic precautions can make for a safer and more enjoyable outdoor experience for all.

In a press release issued by his office, Joe Robach said “New York is home to some of the top outdoor destinations in the world. I encourage residents and visitors to enjoy the beauty of our region and its beautiful natural resources safely by making sure they plan and prepare for unpredictable weather conditions or emergencies” Joe Robach urged residents and visitors to take a few simple steps to protect their safety.

Each year, state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers respond to calls to assist people who are lost or disoriented in outdoor areas, suffering from injuries or in need of help from professionals. Over the past five years, rangers performed an average of 255 search-and-rescue missions annually throughout New York State.

These incidents included lost or disoriented hikers, medical emergencies, and searches for individuals who did not return from their trip, or failed to contact family members. To date in 2015, forest rangers have responded to 96 such incidents, including nine searches and six rescues over Memorial Day weekend.

Proper planning is critical for people of all ages and skill levels, including those going on day-trip hikes, paddling excursions or backpacking, as well as multi-day adventures in wilderness areas. People who are trying an activity for the first time, or are not familiar with the area where the activity will occur, should consider hiring a guide. An experienced guide will ensure people are properly prepared, prevent them from getting lost and help make the trip safe and enjoyable.

Tips to prepare for an outdoor adventure include: developing trip itineraries; carrying appropriate equipment, including guides, maps and a compass; bring sufficient food and water; dressing in proper clothing; carrying emergency contact numbers; and preparing for access to shelter, such as tents, cabins or lean-tos.

Hiking:

Pre-trip planning should reflect your physical abilities and experience – don’t overexert yourself or embark on an adventure that is beyond your physical capabilities or outdoor skills. Also, make sure you have equipment in case you become lost, stranded or injured. Bring a charged mobile phone, with extra batteries, in case you need to call for assistance. 9-1-1 dispatchers can often track your location and send help if needed. Carry warm clothing and supplies such as water and light food or energy bars, a flashlight or headlamp, rain gear, sunscreen and matches.

Travel in groups or with another person whenever possible. Always be on the lookout for challenges you may encounter in the outdoors, such as wildfires, sudden storms, muddy trail conditions and fast moving waters. Wear light-colored clothing and long pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect against ticks that carry Lyme disease and other biting insects. Check for ticks every two to three hours while outdoors, and brush off any ticks before they attach. Performing a full body check multiple times during the day and at the end of the day will also ensure that no ticks are attached.

Boating and paddling:

All people are strongly encouraged to wear a personal floatation device whenever they are on the water. State law requires that children under age 12 wear a personal flotation device while on a watercraft. Also, check the weather forecast before heading out on the water to learn about potential storms and seek immediate shelter on shore if you hear thunder.

Know your abilities and take precautions when there are high or steady winds creating large waves, or when you are in strong currents. If you are paddling in waters where there are motorboats, keep close to shorelines and out of main channels. Also, boaters and paddlers should clean, drain and dry watercraft to avoid spreading aquatic invasive species.

Fires:

Before embarking on a camping or day trip, check weather forecasts to learn about area conditions. Keep fires small (no more than 3 ft. high, 4 ft. diameter) and use existing campfire rings when available. Don’t leave any fire unattended and completely extinguish the campfire by dousing it with water, stirring the embers and dousing it a second time.

For additional information, Joe Robach urges residents and those who are looking to visit the area to contact their local park office or his district office with questions.