Joe Robach Encourages Seniors to Participate in Nutritional Program

As the economy has continued to struggle for the last several years, it has resulted in lower incomes for not only the working population, but also the senior population.  As each year passes, salaries have continued to decrease, putting more seniors in harm’s way when it comes to hunger.  More than ever, the senior population in the United States struggles with hunger.  Roughly one in seven seniors is currently struggling to provide food for both their families and themselves. Joe Robach understands this is a major issue for local seniors and has continued to find ways to fight against this issue. 

Recently Monroe County, in partnership with New York State and local Friendly’s restaurants has created a social program for seniors which allows them to receive one-third of their daily nutritional needs with a recommended donation of $3.00 per meal, and also allows them to engage with other seniors.  Friendly’s Restaurants, located on both sides of the city, allowing all Monroe County seniors an opportunity to take advantage of this great program.  There are currently three locations; Friendly’s at Greece Ridge Center Mall, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 am-11am, 2425 West Henrietta Road, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-11am, and 1292 Fairport Road, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8am-11am.  Joe Robach has worked with seniors for many years and has constantly fought for better access to nourishing meals for seniors.  These three locations do just that.

Hunger within the city limits is at an even higher rate than that of the suburbs.  In the near future, Monroe County will most likely be unveiling a new location where seniors will be able to access these services at such a low cost.  Joe Robach has met with many seniors within the city and knows just how important of a service this would be.  Funding for this program is a federally funded and is administered through each individual county.  At the state level, Senate Republicans understand the severity of this issue and will continue to do all that is necessary to ensure proper attention is being paid to this major issue.


Joe Robach wants seniors to know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you, or a senior you know, has a concern about breast cancer, Joe Robach wants you to know that the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program is a wonderful service to help find answers. More than 100 highly trained volunteers staff the hotline and offer emotional support, information and referrals. These are people who have “been there.” There is no charge for any of the services, which Adelphi has been providing for 32 years. The toll-free number is 1-800-877-8077.

This year, the Legislature and Governor enacted a law that requires patients be notified in writing of a discovery of dense breast tissue during a mammogram, what that means, followed by a discussion about the possible need for additional screening. A second law also enacted this year requires health insurers to cover breast reconstruction surgery after a partial mastectomy. For more questions about this or any senior issue, contact Joe Robach


For some time now, many New Yorkers have taken great delight in the fact that their weekday evenings are no longer interrupted by telemarketers.  In addition, telemarketers must now transmit Caller ID information to comply with the law known as the Telemarketer Sales Rule (TSR).   Joe Robach knows that this service has greatly cut down on unwanted calls and thinks seniors should take full advantage of the program.  Some top questions about the Do Not Call Registry by seniors are the following:

Q. Does it cost anything to register?

A. No. registration is Free.

Q. Does the law apply to all telemarketers?

A. No. The law includes some exceptions, such as charitable, religious and political organizations.

Q. Once I register, when should I expect relief from unwanted telemarketing calls?

A. Your number appears on the registry the day after you call.  But telemarketers have up to 31 days to take you off their lists.  If you continue receiving calls after that time, you can file a complaint against the companies.

Q. How do I register by phone?

A. Call 888-382-1222 from the phone number that you want to add to the registry, and follow the prompts.  You can only register one number at a time.  The process is available in English or in Spanish.

If seniors would like more information on the Do Not Call Registry, they should contact Joe Robach or his office.