Joe Robach Welcomes Vice President and Jobs to Rochester

This summer, Rochester Senator Joe Robach welcomed a jobs announcement by Vice President Joe Biden to Rochester and Greece as he and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a joint state and federal investment of approximately $600 million in the Rochester region to establish a state of the art, innovative American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics.  The AIM Photonics project will receive $110 million from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and that award will be supplemented by another $250 million from the State of New York, with additional funding commitments from public and private partners expected to exceed $245 million over the next five years for a 5:1 matching of federal funds.

With partners from coast to coast, the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will hope to establish a national and international presence in the Rochester area. Integrated photonics is expected to revolutionize the carrying capacity of Internet networks, enhance medical technology and improve imaging-sensing capabilities for national defense and security. The U.S. has been a world leader in developing photonics technology for the past century. Defense applications and technologies includes night vision systems, satellite surveillance systems, infrared, flexible displays, sensors, detectors, data communications, and lasers. Part of the reason why Rochester was chosen for this prestigious honor was due to capable and developed workforce that is available for the type of work that will be done, as well as the infrastructure of development that was established by Kodak and other area innovators.  Currently, Monroe County has over 24,000 people employed in the photonics industry, with that number expected to increase as this project is furthered developed.

Joe Robach and Senate Pass Jobs Legislation

As the New York State Legislature wrapped up their official business for the year, Rochester Senator Joe Robach was proud to announce several new job creating measures that were approved by he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate.

The 2015-2016 budget that was passed this session targeted several billion dollars in lawsuit settlement funds to create jobs throughout the state by investing in major economic development, transportation and broadband access projects. In addition, to help better prepare New Yorkers in every region of the state for the rapidly changing economy, significant funding was approved for job training and workforce development programs, including the Next Generation Job Linkage Program , SUNY/CUNY Workforce Development Initiative, and the Workforce Development Institute.

The Next Generation Job Linkage Program provides $5 million to fund a program which works with employers to identify jobs, define the needed skills and provide the proper employee training. The SUNY/CUNY Workforce Development Initiative provides targeted training to help employers refine the skills for their new hires, and enable experienced employees to upgrade their skills. The Workforce Development Institute saw $5.6 million provided for a not-for-profit program that assists businesses and the AFL-CIO in providing focused training for workers, and workforce support to help prevent jobs from being outsourced to other states.

Senator Robach was proud to work with his colleagues in the Senate Majority to accomplish these important measures help to grow and keep jobs in New York State.


As the community looks toward the start of 2015, Rochester Senator Joe Robach recently reviewed the eventful past 365 days of 2014. Starting in January, there were many important events occurring in Rochester and Monroe County and Joe Robach was proud to be a apart of them.

To start off the year 2014, Joe Robach held his second annual Electronics Recycling event and the Monroe County Ecopark. Over 700 Monroe County residents came through to drop off their old TVs, VCRs, computers and laptops for responsible recycling. Senator Robach partnered with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics, Waste Management and Monroe County to bring this event to local residents.

In February, Joe Robach was named as the new Chairman of the New York State Senate Transportation Committee. The Senate Transportation Committee oversees New York State’s transportation system, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, the New York State Thruway Authority among other agencies. Also in the Senate, Joe Robach was proud to vote for a fourth consecutive on time New York State budget. In the budget, Senator Joe Robach was proud to support measures to reduce taxes and fees, help businesses create and retain more jobs, kept overall spending growth to below two percent and funded important projects in Rochester, Monroe County and across all of New York.

2014 was also a big year for 103.9 WDKX, where Joe Robach appears Saturday mornings on “Memory Lane.” Senator Robach helped to celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the radio station by Andrew Langston. In honor of the 40 years, WDKX hosted a concert with performances by national recording artists Sevyn Streeter and Chrisette Michele. Also, Joe Robach joined Andrew Langston’s son Andre and his family to the dedication of Andrew Langston way at the Midtown Rising site in the heart of Rochester.

In addition, 2014 saw local Rochester veteran Jack Foy inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Foy was awarded the Bronze Star, Conspicuous Service Cross, Combat Infantry medal, a Presidential Citation, European Campaign, American Defense and Victory medals. He is also the co-founder of the Rochester Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge group. Also, Senator Robach was able to secure funds to allow the City of Rochester to re-light High Falls in downtown Rochester and upgrade the Genesee Riverway Trail. Proud alumnus, Joe Robach joined President John Halstead and the rest of SUNY Brockport to cut the ribbon and open their new Liberal Arts Building; the first new academic building on campus in 40 years.

And to finish out the year, Rochester’s Senator Joe Robach was named Man of the Year by the Sons of Italy, Vince Lombardi Lodge at their annual Italian American Heritage awards dinner.


Joe Robach today announced that more than 96,000 jobs are currently available and listed on the State’s Jobs Express website ( The site sorts thousands of jobs by region and occupation, and also allows users to search jobs based on zip code and travel distance.

New businesses and job listings are added every day. Throughout the month of April 2014, there were more than 73,000 new job openings listed on Jobs Express – a 22 percent increase from April 2013 – and more than 78,000 unique website visitors. More than 7,100 businesses posted a new job order on the site in April 2014. Businesses using the site fulfilled nearly 55,000 job orders in April 2014.

The occupational categories with the most jobs listed in April 2014 included: Sales and Related, Office Clerical and Secretarial, Management, Computer and Mathematical, and Healthcare Practitioner and Technical.

Additionally, today, Joe Robach hosted his bi-annual Jobs Fair in partnership with MCC, The August Group and Time Warner Cable.  To find out more about this bi-annual jobs fair, check out Joe Robach’s website.


Rochester Senator Joe Robach applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement that there more than $500,000 is still available in job training grants through the Clean Energy On-the-Job Training (OJT) program, which helps eligible businesses develop green job skills in their workforce. To date, the program has already awarded 64 businesses over $2.2 million to train workers across the state, with more than 250 workers hired through the grant funding.

The Clean Energy OJT program was developed through a partnership between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the State Department of Labor (DOL), and provides participants with skills in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Businesses can receive 50 percent of the wages paid to new hires during their training period, with a maximum award per trainee of $15,000 and a maximum award per business of $150,000. To be eligible, businesses must have a current Partnership Agreement or contract agreement with NYSERDA or a participating investor-owned utility.

DOL works with NYSERDA to help facilitate this program by performing due diligence on all businesses interested in participating in the program. In addition, DOL works directly with businesses to provide job development and job-matching services as well as develop training plans for new hires that become the basis of the contract with NYSERDA.

Resources for Green Jobs

The Department of Labor’s Jobzone: and Careerzone allow an individual to research a wide range of professions to determine which is best suited towards their skills, education and experience and can be used to help target a specific career path in the green workforce.

The GreenCareersNY website (Job Seekers section): also offers various job boards with numerous training program opportunities—including certificate programs and local community college offerings.


Rochester Senator Joe Robach was proud to join his colleagues to vote in favor of a bipartisan budget resolution that balances the budget without raising taxes or fees, increases school aid funding and provides significant business and property tax relief that will create new jobs, grow the economy and help middle-class families stay and thrive in New York.

The Senate’s one-house budget controls spending and builds on the progress we’ve made over the last three years in stabilizing the state’s finances. It expands tax relief statewide for manufacturers and eliminates the job-killing 18-a energy tax surcharge on businesses so they can use the resulting savings to hire new workers and grow.

As part of the resolution, the Senate advances the “Freeze Plus NY,” program, which will provide $1.4 billion in additional property tax relief over the next two years. This program makes the existing property tax cap permanent, strengthens STAR and provides the benefits of a simplified freeze while helping local governments, school districts and taxpayers alike. It also requires local governments to submit efficiency plans that show current and out-year savings, and financial plans that include consolidation and shared service actions, as well as other budget actions which keep them within the property tax cap.

It restores $541 million of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), a controversial budget maneuver approved under the previous all-Democrat Senate leadership, which has resulted in billions of dollars less for school districts and placed an even greater strain on cash-strapped property taxpayers. Under this plan, the GEA will be completely eliminated in two years, for a total restoration of $1.1 billion.

The Senate budget helps middle-class families afford higher education, pay off their student loan debt and encourages graduates to start a career in New York State. Specifically, it increases tuition assistance for low- and- middle-income taxpayers, makes more students eligible for TAP, creates a low-interest revolving loan fund, and establishes a new tax credit for graduates who stay and work here.

The Senate’s budget resolution strengthens agricultural programs in New York by restoring cuts proposed in the Executive Budget, and reforming the state’s unfair estate tax to preserve family farms for future generations.

Under the Budget Reform Act of 2007, both houses of the State Legislature will now convene in open conference committees to resolve differences in their one-house budget resolutions.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the State will commit $3 million to the Eastman Business Park Bioscience Manufacturing Center in Rochester which will begin construction later this year. The construction of the $25 million, 60,000 square feet facility, which will improve equipment for converting non-food plant materials into biofuels and biochemicals, is estimated to create hundreds of new jobs. Rochester Senator Joe Robach applauded this plan that will help to create jobs and stimulate the Rochester and State economy. The Eastman Business Park is the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s (FLREDC) top priority and is a crucial asset in both job creation and economic development in the region.

Senator Joe Robach said, “As a result of three on-time, fiscally responsible budgets, we have built a strong foundation to continue growing the State’s economy with investments like today’s announcement. This investment in Eastman Business Park is key to improving the area and will help make Rochester a leader in bioscience technology and innovation, while creating much-needed jobs for the community. I greatly appreciate Governor Cuomo’s commitment to Rochester, and look forward to working with him to pass another budget that serves the people of New York.”

Eastman Business Park (EBP), formerly Kodak Park, is a 1,200 acre technology and industrial complex that spans from the City of Rochester into the Town of Greece. It contains more than one million square feet of manufacturing, laboratory and warehouse space with infrastructure systems that put it among the top industrial sites in the eastern United States. Under Governor Cuomo, and with the support of Senator Joe Robach, more than $90 million has been committed and invested by New York State to attract dozens of new companies that are transforming EBP into a diverse hub for research and development and high tech manufacturing. The park now has 48 companies with more than 6,500 employees, most of which are non-Kodak jobs.


Rochester Senator Joe Robach applauded Governor Cuomo recent announcement that would be introducing a plan to enact a two billion dollars in tax relief for New Yorkers across the state that will work to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Under the Governor’s plan supported by Joe Robach, the proposals will “build on our previous successes including enacting the state’s first property tax cap and achieving the lowest middle class income tax rate in 60 years, increasing economic opportunity by further reducing taxes and attracting businesses to the state. (They will also) keep New York moving in the right direction, creating jobs, growing the economy and providing much-needed relief for struggling families.”

The specifics of this plan include a two year freeze on property taxes, provided the municipality stays within the two percent property tax cap and works to consolidate certain services with other municipalities, a property tax “circuit breaker,” a renters’ tax credit, estate tax reforms, a cut in business taxes that will work to treat businesses in New York more fairly, a real property tax credit for manufacturers, an elimination of the tax rate on upstate manufacturers, an acceleration of the phase out of the 18-A energy surcharge and an overall tax simplification.

The most helpful item of the tax relief plan, in the view of Joe Robach, is the elimination of the tax rate on upstate manufacturers. To encourage the growth of manufacturing Upstate, Governor Cuomo recommended that the State eliminate the corporate income tax rate for Upstate manufacturers. This proposal would provide an additional $25 million in tax relief for Upstate businesses and complement the proposal to reduce property taxes on manufacturers.


This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined his Senate colleague Greg Ball, as well as fellow Senate Majority members ,in stressing the importance for passing S. 2803B, the New York Jobs of Heroes Program.  This jobs program is not only supported by the New York State Senate Majority but was also supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address.

The New York Jobs for Heroes Program will create a state contract preference for service connected disable veteran owned small business in New York State.  The legislation mirrors the highly successful federal program hat is presently established for a contract set aside.  Currently forty other states are currently using this program.  Since this legislation was introduced in 2007, it has continually and repeatedly passed in the Senate.

Senator Robach was pleased to support this legislation; he stressed the importance of focusing on new and innovative ways to create jobs for all New Yorkers, especially the men and women that served their nation and fellow citizens with honor and dignity.  These men and women had made numerous sacrifices for others and they deserve the promise of economic opportunity.

Senator Robach is a longtime supported of not only our country and states’ veterans but also of any available method to help create jobs and economic opportunity in New York State.


Rochester Senator Joe Robach is pleased to once again invite the public to his Career and Job Fair for Business and Technical Professionals. This career fair is once again sponsored by Monroe Community College, The August Group, Angelo Planning Group, Time Warner Cable, Rochester Works! and the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group.

The 2013 Career Fair for Business and Technical Professionals will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Monroe Community College R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Monroe A & B – 1000 East Henrietta Road. For more information, click the link below.

Last June, Senator Robach and partners hosted a very successful jobs fair. One very important partner of Joe Robach for this and the upcoming job fair is The August Group. The August Group is Rochester’s premier volunteer networking organization for individuals seeking employment or a career change. More specifically, The August Group is a volunteer organization committed to retaining local talent in the greater Rochester area by facilitating career and business networking for professionals. The August Group hosts weekly networking meetings for professionals at different locations, seminars and career fairs.