Joe Robach Supports State Educational Program, Empire State Fellows

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the application process for the third class of the Empire State Fellows. The prestigious program attracts exceptional and diverse talent from New York and around the country to serve in high-level positions in the administration. Since its inception in 2012, the two-year Program has begun preparing a new generation of policy-makers to help lead New York State government.

I applaud Governor Cuomo and my colleagues in the State Legislature for continuing to support this beneficial education program, which gives future policymakers hands-on experience working in the New York State Capitol,” said Joe Robach in support of the IMG_9999_265Empire State Fellows education program.

To apply to be an Empire State Fellow, candidates must email a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation to by Friday, April 4, 2014. For more information on the Empire State Fellows Program and the application process, go to

Candidates selected as Empire Fellows will be appointed to positions in the Executive Branch that match their skills and experience, and will work closely with senior administration officials to create transformative policy solutions to the complex challenges confronting our state. Empire Fellows will also engage in educational and professional development programming that prepares them to serve as effective and ethical government leaders.

The Empire State Fellows Program is part of Governor’s New New York Leaders Initiative that recruits talented young professionals and college students to serve in State government. Joe Robach believes that supporting students in their higher education goals is very important.

Joe Robach Joins Senate Colleagues Issuing a Statement on Pre-K

Rochester-area State Senator Joe Robach recently joined colleagues in the New York State Senate in stating his opposition to New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio’s plan to fund pre-K in New York City, making it a priority over pre-K for students in other New York Towns. Senator Robach joined Senate Education Chair John Flanagan and Finance Chair John DeFrancisco in saying:

As members of the New York State Senate, we are deeply offended by Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s recent assertion that the children in New York City are more deserving and more in need of early childhood education than the 4 and 5-year-olds in the communities we represent.

We know Mayor DeBlasio has a lot on his plate, but he may be interested in learning a few facts about the rest of the state.  All four of the big city school districts, including Rochester Syracuse and Buffalo, are poorer than New York City, and 70 percent (471) of the school districts across the state – - serving more than 1.2 million students – - are less wealthy than the one he represents.

In addition, 20 percent of the school districts in New York State have a greater percentageIMG_8650 of students with higher needs than New York City, and many of those districts are worse off than the worst parts of New York City.  Meanwhile, the City of Rochester has the fifth highest poverty rate among all U.S. cities.  In fact, during legislative budget hearings we heard testimony from many Upstate mayors about the difficulties their cities are facing.

We have a responsibility to provide every student in this state with the same opportunity to learn and to succeed, not just the students in New York City.”

In addition to supporting pre-K education for all New York students, Joe Robach continues to fight for improving education in schools in the Rochester region. For more information on Joe Robach’s efforts to improve and support education, visit

Senator Joe Robach Talks to Holy Cross Students About Bullying Prevention

Senator Joe Robach was recently a guest at Holy Cross School in Charlotte to participate in the school’s anti-bullying assembly and to show his support for anti-bullying efforts and education. Students from each class participated in the assembly, reciting the school’s anti-bullying pledge and receiving certificates for being good classmates and friends to IMG_8731other students.

Bullying is a topic that needs to be addressed on a daily basis, not just in school, but at home by parents as well. By providing individuals, especially students, with education on bullying we can all work together towards the goal of preventing it from happening inside and outside of schools,” said Joe Robach in support of educating the public on anti-bullying efforts.

Bullying can happen in any public setting, not just in our schools. That’s why Joe Robach believes that supporting bullying prevention and education in our schools can prevent it from happening down the road. Here are a few tips Joe Robach would like to share if you’re worried that your son or daughter is involved in bullying:

  • Recognize the warning signs that your child is involved in bullying. They could be being bullied, bullying others, or witnessing bullying.  Although these signs could signal other issues, you should talk to your child if they display any sort of behavioral or emotional changes.  Many times kids won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. If your child is at immediate risk of harming himself or others, get help right away.
  • If you know or suspect bullying has occurred, learn how to find out what has happened with your child. Understanding what has happened can also help in communicating with school or community officials about the situation.

For more information on how you can prevent bullying visit

Joe Robach Connects with Rochester Area Teachers

Senator Joe Robach recently joined Rochester area teachers to update them on the goals of the New York State Senate Education committee for the 2014 legislative session. As a member of the Education committee, Joe Robach believes that listening to teachers and school administrators is a great way to support education in our schools.

IMG_86582“I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with over 400 Rochester area teachers to talk about reforms we’d like to see made to the state’s education system, and ways we can improve the classroom experience for students,” said Robach. “I’m always eager to join my colleagues in government when it comes to looking at ways we can improve our education system and student performance.”

At the meeting, Joe Robach expressed his support for four pieces of education legislation that recently passed the Senate Education Committee including the “Truth in Testing” bill that would require the Commissioner of Education to report the effectiveness of common core testing and require an independent audit to review and evaluate the common core program.

The New York State Education Department began aligning curriculm and assessments to the new Common Core learning standards during the 2012-2013 academic year (it was originally adopted by the New York Board of Regents in 2010). The implementation has been admittedly flawed and has been the subject of controversy for school administrators, teachers and parents alike. This backlash has resulted in the Senate Education Committee’s reform proposal, supported by Senator Joe Robach.