Joe Robach values our veterans and wants to make sure that if they want to pursue a higher education, New York State makes it easy for them to do so.

Under current law, after serving in active duty, our soldiers who choose to come to New York State to study at State University of New York (SUNY) colleges are charged out-of-state tuition. This often results in significant tuition bills, as the federal GI bill does not fully cover the cost of out-of-state SUNY tuition.  As many know, the GI bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans (commonly referred to as G.I.s).    Benefits included low-cost mortgages, cash payments of tuition and living expenses to attend college, high school or vocational education, as well as one year of unemployment compensation.  The GI still exists today and offers tuition benefits for our veterans.

To rememdy this problem, Joe Robach sponsors an education bill that will allow any veteran and/or someone who has served in active duty in the United States military to pursue an education in New York by allowing them to attend SUNY colleges and universities as a resident of the State of the New York; thereby, waiving the residency requirements. The men and women who provide honorable service to our country should be able to attend college here in New York without worrying about extra cost that might fall to them because they are not yet a resident. Joe Robach believes that New York should be encouraging our service men and women to come our State, get an education at our colleges and universities and start their future here.

Joe Robach’s bill is currently pending in the Senate’s Committee on Higher Education.  For more information on legislation related to education or to veteran affairs, contact Joe Robach’s office.



Joe Robach and New York State Senate care about school children and know that safety is critical to a successful education.  Each day over 45,000 school buses transport more than two million New York children over one million miles of highways and local streets, with an impressive record of safety.  To this end, Joe Robach and the Senate have amended the education and transportation laws to ensure school bus safety.

One law supported by Joe Robach and the Senate include requiring school buses to operate with headlights and taillights illuminated at all times.  This law ensures that school buses can be seen by other drivers on the road. Joe Robach and the Senate also changed the education and transportation law to give the Commissioner of DMV and Transportation more authority.  For example, a new law would authorize the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to deny a registration or renewal application to a school bus operator if DMV officials believe such an application is intended to circumvent a previous suspension listed in a different company.  Further, new laws would expand the Commissioner of Transportation’s power to regulate the safety of all motor vehicles transporting passengers under the age of 21 from school and community residences to approved school programs.   Lastly, newer laws would require that the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, in consultation with the State Education Department, to implement a program to educate motorists about the dangers of passing a stopped school bus, as well as alert them to penalties for such violations.

Joe Robach and the Senate encourage drivers to slow down when they see a school bus with flashing yellow lights.  State law requires drivers to stop when the red lights on a school bus are flashing, even if the bus is in the parking lot of a school.  If the school bus driver waves you on, it is safe to proceed.  Drivers who fail to stop when a school bus has its red lights on face costly penalties and even can land in jail.

For more information on school bus safety and any other education initiative, contact Joe Robach’s office.


Joe Robach of Rochester NY has been a long time advocate of making CPR training part of a child’s education.  To this end, Joe Robach co-sponsors a bill, S.2491, which requires training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) be given as a part of the high school health education.

Nationwide, nearly 383,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 11% survive, most likely because they don’t receive timely CPR.  Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.  The American Heart Association recommends that hands-on CPR training be a requirement for graduation. Several studies have demonstrated that trainees, including school children, can achieve acceptable levels of skills proficiency in adult CPR in 30 minutes or less.  It is important to note that this legislation does not require all students to become certified in CPR just to learn the basic skills – thereby making learning CPR easy and affordable.

The American Heart Association’s 2010 revised CPR guidelines make it even easier for more people to perform CPR. A greater emphasis is now placed on the simplest step – chest compressions. And hands-Only CPR is easier for a bystander to perform and survival rates are similar to that of conventional CPR (with both compressions and breaths).

Due to the increased percentages of people diagnosed with heart disease each year, learning CPR can provide students with the knowledge necessary to save lives. This bill will ensure that all lessons meet the established standards of professional organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

Joe Robach knows that CPR saves lives and that’s why he supports it being part of a child’s health education.  Currently, this bill is pending in the Senate’s Committee on Education which Joe Robach is a member.  For more information about this legislation or any other education legislation, please contact Joe Robach’s office.


Throughout Joe Robach’s tenure in the Senate, he has secured education funding for hundreds of educational programs in our local community.  One organization that Joe Robach has supported for many years is SNAP.  SNAP is an all volunteer 501C organization that provides opportunities for students K to 12 to exercise and develop critical thinking skills necessary for making good choices in life.  The mission and philosophy of SNAP is prevention and improved family communication – two things Joe Robach believes are important to a child’s education.    SNAP uses photography to excite children about reading, writing and the ramifications of drugs and alcohol.

Another very important educational organization that Joe Robach supports is SWAN.  SWAN, or the Southwest Area Neighborhood Association, has had a profound impact on youth in the City of Rochester.  SWAN is located in the heart of Rochester’s crescent of poverty where there is high crime activity.  Joe Robach has provided funding for their After School Program, Family Emergency Program and the Summer Program for Youth Development.

Another organization that Joe Robach has supported is Two Doors Community Resource Center.  Two Doors Community Resource Center supports after school programming in the Dewey-Stone neighborhood.  Two Doors is a place where children grow and develop in a nurturing and supportive environment that encourages friendships and learning with adults and other children.  Volunteers are a core component of Two Doors to help ensure kids get their homework done!

Joe Robach knows and supports the many local organizations that contribute to our children’s education.  For a full list of these organizations, contact Joe Robach’s office.


Joe Robach has always been a strong supporter of school nurses in educational settings.  Joe Robach knows that school nurses are an integral part of schools and are a part of a child’s education.   Dating back to 2004, Joe Robach has always been a champion for keeping them in school.  As many may recall, Joe Robach secured $200,000 to keep nurses in school when funding was cut for them in the RCSD budget.   During NYS budget negotiations, he has also worked hard to make sure school districts had enough funding to employ a school nurse (i.e. $6.3 million in 2006-07 NYS Budget).

Joe Robach knows how important school nurses are and that sometimes they are the only health care provider that kids see on a regular basis. To this end, Senator Joe Robach has introduced legislation in the New York State Senate that would require the big five school districts to employ a minimum of one school nurse per school building.  While many school districts throughout New York State provide health care services to children in each school by staffing registered professional nurses, there are some districts that choose to have these nurses travel between school buildings or choose not to have a nurse in school at all.  Large city school districts, like the big 5, are often faced with these staffing dilemmas.   Having professional staff available can prevent serious potential medical problems.  Children in our largest school districts deserve the same qualified services as children in suburban districts.

Joe Robach of Rochester recognizes school nurses as a critical part of education and New York State should recognize it as well.   If enacted, this bill will provide the largest school districts in New York State with access to a qualified medical service professional for both chronic and acute health issues for its students.   People with questions about the status of this bill, should contact Joe Robach’s office.

Joe Robach Senate – Rochester NY




Senator Joe Robach Rochester NY supported many education initiatives in the recently enacted 2012-2013 New York State Budget.  The budget agreement spends a little over $132 billion dollars and nearly $20 billion of it is dedicated to elementary and secondary education – one of Joe Robach’s priorities.  Most notable in the budget was a 4 percent increase to aid to public schools.  This increase targets high need and Upstate schools.  The Legislature also agreed to Governor Cuomo’s recommended increase for regular Mandated Services Reimbursement and they added $7 million to the Governor’s proposed $26.2 million for Comprehensive Attendance Policy reimbursement.

Another important aspect of the education budget and a priority for Joe Robach is that it achieves regional balance in school aid and ensures that every region of the state is treated fairly and equitably.  As a result of the Senate’s efforts, the budget will make school districts eligible to receive state aid to offset costs related to implementing new standards for conducting the Annual Professional Performance Reviews for teachers and principals.

Some of the other important aspects of the budget are: $400 million to further the Gap Elimination Adjustment; restarts the foundation aid formula (reprogramming $111 million); provides $7 million in aid for non-public schools; provides just under $4 million for aid to public libraries (a priority for Joe Robach); restores $10.2 million for teacher centers; $1 million for Adult Literacy Education; restores $250,000 for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilites Program; restores $235,000 for the Just Kids Program; adds $1.65 million for full day kindergarten aid; adds $4.2 million for Universal Pre-Kindergarten; restores $1 million for Adult Literacy Education; and so much more.

IF you need more information on the education initiatives included in the New York State Budget, people should contact Joe Robach or someone from his office.